Mike Cahill will direct the big screen adaptation of Dash Shaw‘s graphic novel DOCTORS for 20th Century Fox. David S. Goyer, who has written and produced numerous comic book films, including The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, and Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is producing the project under his Phantom Four Films production banner.
The graphic novel follows Dr. Cho, the creator of a new medical breakthrough called Charon, a device that allows his team to enter a dead patient’s consciousness in the form of a memory and bring them back to life. The drawback is that the procedure is traumatic and it only brings the patient back temporarily — but it still proves to be cathartic for some. When a woman asks to bring her mother back to life after a car accident, Dr. Cho and his team unexpectedly encounter a dilemma when her mom doesn’t want to leave her afterlife.
Cahill is primarily known for his work with fellow indie darling Brit Marling in conceptual and cerebral sci-fi fare. In 2011, he won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for Another Earth which he co-wrote with Marling. More recently, he nabbed the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize for I, Origins which starred Marling. Considering Goyer’s track record for big-budget adaptations of popular comic books and Cahill’s visionary experience with cerebral sci-fi features, this Flatliners-esque film seems like the perfect collaboration.
The feature adaptation has been on the shelf at Fox for a while, but with Cahill on board to both help Goyer develop the project and serve as director while Ben Jacoby works on the script, it appears Doctors is gaining traction at the studio.
Kevin Turren will also produce alongside Goyer while Matt Reilly will oversee at Fox.
In addition to I, Origins and Another Earth, Cahill also worked on the movie Sound Of My Voice with Marling. He recently served as a director for the Syfy freshman series The Magicians, and as executive producer and director of Hulu’s The Path starring Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy.
As for Goyer, his numerous upcoming projects include the scripts for Doctor Strange, The Flash, and Evermere, while he’s set to direct a remake of The Count of Monte Cristo and Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire.
Cahill and Goyer are both repped by WME.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer