Undaunted by the lack of success for recent sci-fi thriller Annihilation (as well as their own 2017 sci-fi film Life), Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to Jacob Chase’s spec script INFINITE with Neal Moritz planning to produce through his company Original Film.
Sony and Moritz are hoping to turn Chase’s script into a tentpole and possible franchise with its story about scientists exploring the afterlife.
Chase recently signed a deal to turn his horror short Larry into a feature for Amblin Partners, which Chase will write and direct. The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing that film about a monster that manifests itself through electronic devices.
Moritz of course is the producer behind Universal’s hugely successful Fast and the Furious series, which has grossed over $5 billion worldwide. He has previously teamed with Sony for Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet, as well as 21 Jump Street and its equally successful sequel. Moritz is also involved with producing Sony’s Valiant initiative, which includes films Bloodshot and Harbinger. Moritz also produced the long-in-development Passengers, which Sony finally got made with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as its stars.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor