Man’s disappearance from the planet Earth is set to become big box office. Fox has nabbed film rights to an environmental non-fiction book titled The World Without Us, and intend to turn it into a tentpole feature for Mark Protosevich (The Cell, Poseidon) to write and Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend) to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The bestselling book by Alan Weisman took on the idea of life on Earth if humans were suddenly to disappear. The book explores which man-made objects would last and how long, and how nature would spread over built environments. The studio isn’t looking to make a documentary but rather a dramatic feature based on the book’s science.
Lawrence and Protosevich worked together on Will Smith’s last man in New York film I Am Legend, so the subject matter isn’t new to them.
After writing World Without Us, the report indicates that Protosevich will begin work on Universal/DreamWorks’ Old Boy remake, which also has Smith attached to star and Steven Spielberg directing. He also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Kenneth Branagh-directed Thor comic adaptation.
Lawrence is in pre-production on Eddie Dickens and the Awful End, an animated feature based on a novel by Philip Ardagh about an orphan whose parents are stricken by the ludicrous Sick with Worry disease.