Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Hot Spec “Space Race” for Universal Following Success of “10 Cloverfield Lane”

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It’s a good time to be , the Universal-based producer who worked alongside Scott Stuber at before inheriting the company when Stuber opted to take over Netflix’s feature division.

Clark could either take the ball and run with it at Universal, or he could find himself producing The Batman for crosstown rival Warner Bros., given his strong relationship with director Matt Reeves from the Planet of the Apes sequels.

That’s a bit of fun speculation, but for now, Universal is doing what it can to keep Clark busy. The studio has optioned ’s spec script for Clark to produce alongside , who’s also attached to direct the project following the success of his directorial debut 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Plot details for Space Race are being kept in a black hole on the Universal lot, but it’s expected to be a high-concept tentpole, a la Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

Universal already has a relationship with Trachtenberg and Kunka, who are developing Crime of the Century for the studio and producer Chris Morgan. Kunka also started out as a Universal intern before graduating to story editor back when Clark was just a production executive at the studio.

Bluegrass executive Brian Williams brought the project in and will oversee production for the company, while Universal’s Jon Mone will oversee on behalf of the studio.

represent Trachtenberg and Kunka, who are respectively managed by  and .

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Still quiet here.sas

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