After scoring eight Oscar nominations on Tuesday for Arrival, producer Shawn Levy is looking to stay in the realm of science-fiction. Along with his 21 Laps banner, Levy will produce an untitled sci-fi pitch, which has been acquired by Fox 2000. James Ponsoldt will direct based on a script by Daniel Casey.
The project is based on the short story INCONSTANT MOON, written by Larry Niven. It takes place on the eve of an apocalyptic natural disaster, which threatens to destroy the planet, and focuses on a couple close to ending their relationship. The original story won a Hugo Award in 1972 for Best Short Story.
Dan Cohen will produce alongside Levy, as well as Ponsoldt with 1978 Pictures and Vince Gerardis of Created By.
21 Laps has worked with both Ponsoldt and Casey; the former with The Spectacular Now and the latter with the upcoming Kin. The company also helped produce Netflix’s 2016 hit Stranger Things.
Ponsoldt recently gained acclaimed for his film The End of the Tour and his next film, The Circle, co-starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega, is set to come out this year. He’s also an executive producer and director for the Netflix series Master of None and writing the adaptation of the musical Pippin at The Weinstein Company. He’s repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment.
Casey is an up-and-coming writer to watch. Last year he provided rewrites on 10 Cloverfield Lane and is writing the adaptation of The Theory of Everything for Fox based on the comic book as well as Godforsaken at STX. He’s repped by CAA and Writ Large.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.