Warner Bros. Pictures has won a bidding war for Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman’s sci-fi spec HARRY’S ALL NIGHT HAMBURGERS, adapted from the Hugo Award-winning short story Why I Left Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers, wrtten by Lawrence Watt-Evans.
The premise involves a high school senior who discovers that the old roadside diner outside town is secretly a hangout for travelers from other universes, and he goes on an adventure to explore the multiverse. The script has been described as being in the vein of Back to the Future and Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Watt-Evans’ original story involved a young man who works at the inter-dimensional diner.
I’m always a fan of new and original sci-fi concepts, and despite the rather wonky title, the premise alone makes it sounds like it could be a fun comedy in the vein of Men in Black with lots of opportunities for CG aliens and such.
American Sniper‘s Andrew Lazar will produce the film via his Mad Chance production banner with Benjamin Simpson as co-producer. Warners’ new VP of production. Cate Adams will oversee the project with Paul Perez.
The duo of Desmond and Sherman’s Orb was on the 2016 Black List and topped the Blood List, and their previous script On Your Doorstep also made the 2013 Blood List. They were recently hired by FilmNation to adapt Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World, and they’ve also made a short film called Monsters.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor