Lionsgate is moving forward with the intelligent, high-concept science fiction film, When First We Were Gods. The studio has tapped screenwriter Aron Eli Coleite to adapt the Rick Yancey short story by on which When First We Were Gods is based. Music video and commercial director Daniel Askill is now attached to helm the, largely due to the success of his short film, We Have Decided Not to Die.
According to Deadline.com, When First We Were Gods is set in the future where the very wealthy find new ways to become immortal. The film will follow an incredibly wealthy man who wants to spend eternity with his mistress rather than his wife. He begins to plot his wife’s death to live with his new lover. The film will explore new ideas about love and looking at the world around you.
Writer and producer Aron Eli Coleite was just hired to write the screenplay, so it will probably be a long time before When First We Were Gods will start production. My best guess is that the movie will be released sometime in 2014. The other writing credits for Coleite include the short-lived, found-footage TV series The River in 2011 and the cult-classic Heroes back in 2009.
Filmmaker Daniel Askill is a director from Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a visual designer for the late, world-renowned fashion designer, Alexander McQueen. He has directed music videos for popular recording artists including Sia, Placebo, and Phoenix. He has also done commercial work for Sony, Hummer, and Xbox. Askill received critical acclaim and recognition for his short film We Have Decided Not to Die in 2003. You can watch the short film below to get a good sense of the possible style of When First We Were Gods.