What with all the big budget science fiction hitting theaters this year – Oblivion and Star Trek Into Darkness as two of the top examples – something with big ideas on a smaller scale is always welcome. And who better than low-budget phenom Jason Blum (Dark Skies) to bring it?
In one of the stranger team-ups I’ve heard about recently, Blum will collaborate with Chris Morgan – best known for writing Wanted and the third through sixth entries in the Fast and Furious franchise – to produce an as-yet-untitled sci-fi thriller. To write the screenplay, they’ve tapped actor/screenwriter Christopher Denham, who was in the Blum-produced enviro-thriller The Bay last year. Denham was last seen in the Best Picture winner Argo as one of the Canadian hostages and in Fox’s The Following. You might also remember him from the heady cult drama Sound of My Voice. As far as writing goes, he has the better-than-average 2008 found footage film Home Movie, which he also directed, and also rewrote parts of Oren Peli’s upcoming found footage flick Area 51. (After the film was finished production, no less, which should give you an idea on what to expect from it.)
Of course, the plot is being kept secret, at least for now. But at least there’s a taste of what’s to come, with the plot focusing on “a group of students who invent a new technology with ramifications that go far beyond their control.” Students are always getting in trouble. Let’s hope this thing has more in common with Primer than Honey I Blew Up The Kid.