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Neill Blomkamp will direct an adaptation of The Gone World

Neill Blomkamp (District 9) has been bringing us some great short films with Oats Studios. It looks like he will be directing a new sci-fi thriller for 20th Century Fox. It will be an adaptation of Thomas Sweterlitsch’s The Gone World, which is said to be a mix of “Inception meets True Detective.”

Here is the book synopsis:

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family–and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra–a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time’s horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Still very early days, but there is a lot of potential with this one. This will be Blomkamp’s first film since 2015’s Chappie. I would have loved to have seen his Alien movie, but it seems that is dead and gone.

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