Is Ron Howard The Right Director For a Seveneves Adaptation?
Seveneves, a speculative fiction novel by Neal Stephenson which hit the shelves just last year is already getting its movie adaptation. Variety is reporting that Skydance has acquired the rights to adapt this sci-fi novel, and the company is reuniting the Apollo 13 team of director Ron Howard, writer Bill Broyles, and producer Brian Grazer to handle the Seveneves adaptation. This is very exciting news, given that Seveneves is a dense and layered book, and Howard has made a variety of all-time classics, from Cinderella Man to Rush, A Beautiful Mind, and the previously mentioned Apollo 13.
For those unfamiliar with Stephenson’s novel, the story focuses on catastrophic events that lead to the destruction of all life on Earth, which send humanity to the stars, looking for other planets where they can settle. Five thousand years later, these settlers, now consisting of 7 races of 3 billion people, decide to launch an expedition to “an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.”
This also is part of a continuing string of sci-fi movie projects Skydance is taking an active role in producing, starting with the release of The Fast Star Trek Beyond in July. Next up is sci-fi disaster epic Geostorm in January 2017, and then a Mars mission film called “Life”, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, which hits cinemas on March 24th, 2017. Howard is currently busy with post-production work on Inferno, the latest Robert Langdon thriller, with Tom Hanks returning to the role for a third time.
So, have any of you read the book? If so, are you excited to see the Seveneves adaptation? Let us know in the comments.