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20th Century Fox has won the rights to Christian Cantrell’s short story EPOCH INDEX, and the studio is putting together quite a team to bring the 36-page story to the screen, the Tracking Board confirms.
Justin Rhodes, writer of the upcoming Terminator Reboot and remake of Fantastic Voyage, will adapt Cantrell’s story to the screen with San Andreas director Brad Peyton in talks to direct and War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves producing via his 6th & Idaho platform. Peyton’s ASAP Entertainment will also produce with Matt Reilly overseeing for Fox.
Cantrell self-published The Epoch Index in 2010, generating interest from various studios for the story following CIA analyst Quinn Mitchell, who is tracking down an assassin whose victims seem random, but each victim having a numbered tag attached to them.
It sounds like an interesting premise and being a short story, it’s more likely that I will read it — although it’s no longer available via Amazon anymore. The big question is whether Peyton, who has directed Dwayne Johnson in two movies with a third in development, will figure out a way to bring the former wrestling superstar onto this project as well.
Fox continues its relationship with Reeves after the success of the Planet of the Apes films, as well as with Rhodes, who wrote Fantastic Voyage for recent Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro to direct and a Terminator movie which Fox will release overseas.
Reeves was also recently attached to produce a movie based on Matthew Baker’s short story Life Sentence, which Netflix won in a competitive bid last month.
Peyton and Reeves are both represented by CAA with Reeves also repped by 3 Arts Entertainment. Rhodes is repped by WME and Madhouse Entertainment, while Cantrell is with Gersh and Tantillo Entertainment.
Deadline initially reported on this project.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor