Warner Bros. is working on two sci-fi projects with former New Line co-chiefs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After leaving New Line, the duo formed the Unique Features banner in June of this year, which also funnels it’s projects through Warners.
Shaye, along with Unique’s Dylan Sellers are producing Control-Alt-Delete, a high-concept spec script from writers Tim Kelleher, who is also an actor that will appear in the upcoming Seven Pounds, and Danny Zuker, who has written primarily for television, including Grace Under Fire and Just Shoot Me. The project is described as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure meets The Matrix.
Unique is also working with Warners to develop an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s futuristic sci-fi epic Foundation series of books. Vince Gerardis also is a producer on that project, which follows the story of earth’s future and a “psychohistorian” named Hari Seldon. To preserve knowledge and save mankind from itself, Seldon gathers the best scientists and scholars together, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. The sanctuary he brings them to is called the Foundation. Soon the Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords, and mankind’s last hope is faced with an agonizing choice—either submit to the barbarian warlords and live as slaves, or take a stand for freedom and risk total destruction.
Needless to say, this project could be great, if it’s handled with care. Remember, New Line brought the world The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. When you factor in the efforts made by other studios to adapt material of this epic scope, I think it’s definitely in the best hands. Of course, it all depends on who gets to direct, write and craft the vision.