Just two months after Paramount and producer Brian Robbins launched Paramount Players, the fledgling production company has acquired its first book, VACATION GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM, by Olivia Koski and Dr. Jana Grcevich. The book be adapted by Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who will also produce the film.
Koski is the head of operations at Guerilla Science, while Dr. Grcevich is an astronomer. The duo were inspired by their work with Guerilla Science on the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, a retro futuristic pop-up travel agency that plans vacations to space for the public.
The planned film is described as being “set fifty years in the future when tourism within our solar system has become almost routine. A family trip turns into a life or death struggle to return to Earth when something goes terribly wrong.”
The tone is said to be similar to Jurassic Park, although the science will be real, a la The Martian, and the project is meant to be an example of the material Robbins will be developing at Paramount Players.
Goldstein and Daley wrote the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sequel for Sony Pictures Animation as well as the 2011 comedy hit Horrible Bosses before going on to write and direct the Vacation remake for New Line. The longtime writing partners are coming off the biggest success of their careers with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which has grossed more than $700 million worldwide since opening in early July. The duo have also finished their sophomore feature as directors, New Line’s comedy-thriller Game Night, which stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, and is set for release on March 2, 2018.
The Paramount Players deal was brokered by UTA, which represents both the authors of the novel and the screenwriters, along with Rachel Vogel of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. Goldstein and Daley are also repped by Fourth Wall Management.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor