Man from Atlantis starred Patrick Duffy – yes, he starred on a show before Dallas! The 1970s show starred the actor, and the story is now returning – in book form. The actor has penned his first novel based on the class series, and there could be a trilogy of books if the first book does well.
In an interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland, the actor spoke about the project. He said the following:
“[In the show] we hypothesized where [Mark Harris] was from and who he was, but it was better television to never zero in on it. … I decided I wanted to zero in on it in the first volume, and literally in the first 50 pages he’s off searching for the roots of his entire genetic history. … And we set the stage of the mythology of planet Earth, basically, of which Mark Harris is a small, but integral part of a much larger picture.”
The actor also touched on the series itself, and he realizes the show quality diminished the longer it was on the air. He said the following:
“The pilot and the first couple of two-hour movies were the thing that really cemented it as legitimate science fiction. … Then we sort of got off the rails a little bit. … When we got into sort of BATMAN quality superhero [storylines and situations], it was fun to do because you got to do some crazy, silly stuff, but it didn’t seem to me to hold up to the promise of the pilot.”
Do you remember Man from Atlantis? Check out the book listing on Amazon and the cover of the book below. Will you be picking up a copy of Patrick Duffy’s novel? Tell us what you think.