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Arrival Producers Target Adaptation of Larry Niven’s Inconstant Moon

Sci fi artwork of a giant moon over a cityscape - Larry Niven's Inconstant Moon Selected For Adaptation

No release or production dates have been set yet for the Inconstant Moon adaptation.

Last year’s Arrival (adapted from Ted Chiang’s short story) was a solid hit at the box office ($175 million at the worldwide box office on a $47 million budget) and received 8 Academy Award nomination, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. More importantly, it was also smart, expertly made science fiction. So it both makes sense and is welcome news that the Arrival producers are gearing up for another sci-fi adaptation. Interestingly, they’re also targeting another sci-fi short story/novella for their source material, this time Larry Niven’s Inconstant Moon. According to THR, the movie has not yet been titled.

What is Inconstant Moon About?

Niven’s short story, which is part of the author’s ‘All the Myriad Ways’ collection and won the 1972 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, takes place on potentially the last night of life on Earth as an apocalyptic-level natural disaster is in progress. The story centers around a couple, exploring their relationship which is on the verge of breaking up as the disaster progresses.

Who’s Taking Part in the Inconstant Moon Movie Adaptation?

Shawn Levy and his company, 21 Laps, are producing, and they have selected James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour) to direct, and Daniel Casey (who reportedly did a rewrite on 10 Cloverfield Lane, and is writing the screenplay to the upcoming sci-fi thriller Kin, based off the short film Bag Man) to write the script.

Any Other Details?

No further details have been revealed regarding either additional crew or potential casting, and no release or production dates have been set yet. However, based on the reception for Arrival, and its current popularity, I would guess that they’ll be moving as quickly as they can on this project. I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing at least some casting details in a few months time.

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