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Doug Liman to Direct Indiana Jones Meets Lara Croft Space Adventure

Best-Selling Author Tag Team Kaufman and Spooner Bring Us a New Space Adventure Novel Duology, and a Movie, Too!

Award winning, best selling, generally fabulous… These are just a few of the words that describe the literary power duo that is Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Authors of the best-selling novel series including These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light, and Illuminae. With their substantial brain power combined, they’re writing the Unearthed duology, a two book YA sci-fi novel about tomb-raiding in deep space, due out next year.

Cross Creek Pictures bought the pre-release rights to turn the Unearthed duology into a movie (or two?)

Always a good sign: The book isn’t even out yet and Cross Creek Pictures (Black Swan, The Ides of March, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, The Woman in Black) has already acquired the rights to the upcoming book series to develop it into a movie (series?). Tyler Thompson (Black Swan, Black Mass, The Woman in Black…huh, seems he’s got a thing for black) of Cross Creek Pictures will produce, and Doug Liman (all of the Jason Bourne movies, Edge of Tomorrow) will direct. The Unearthed duology is being published by the publishing arm of Disney, Hyperion.

What is Unearthed even about?

The premise of the Unearthed duology is being widely described as Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, but in space. That sentence alone is probably selling movie theater seats! Who wouldn’t want to see that? Jules Addison and Amelia Radcliffe (fancy fancy names! is this a Victorian era steampunk space adventure because OH MY GOD I need to write that down…) are the two main characters who work together to discover an artifact from a long-extinct civilization that may bring about the end of humanity. They’re exploring this civilization on a newly discovered planet, tomb-raiding and presumably having a blast doing it. Will they agree on what to do with the fate of humanity in their hands? Will they unknowingly doom us all? Will there be some sort of love angle? We can only guess the answers to these questions (except the last one, because duh) until the book comes out next year!

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