While it’s easy to classify any new sci-fi property as “intriguing,” simply due to the genre encouraging (and, given the crowded nature of the box office, nearly demanding) big ideas, big machines, and big stories, filmmaker David S. Goyer’s latest project really is super intriguing, simply because it appears to include just about every sci-fi element you could ask for. Aliens? Check. A plane crash? Check. A universal mystery? Check. A badass former criminal turned hero? Check. It’s the kitchen sink approach and the idea faucet is a-pourin’.
THR reports that Goyer will direct The Breach, which will be adapted from Patrick Lee’s 2009 novel of the same name (the book is the first in a trilogy, so there’s certainly room for growth here). Lionsgate will serve as the film’s home, and super-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce the project. Goyer and di Bonaventura have reportedly been working on this project on their own since last year, when Goyer himself optioned it and took it to di Bonaventura to hash out. Despite lots of apparent interest from various studios, Lionsgate proved victorious partially due to the studio’s interest in getting this thing moving. So what do we have to look forward to with The Breach? A lot. No, really.
ComingSoon shares the official book synopsis, and it is positively packed with just about every sci-fi trope you could ask for:
“Travis Chase, a man putting his life back together after fifteen years in prison, takes a solo hike into the Alaskan Rockies. He’s just looking for a quiet place to think about his future, but what he finds is trouble: a 747, downed in remote wilderness, the wreck impossibly undiscovered by authorities. Those aboard are dead, though not because of the crash. They’ve been shot.
This aircraft, along with the terrifying object it was transporting, is only the beginning for Travis. Within hours he finds himself at the center of a violent conflict that spans the globe, and a secret war that dates back three decades. A war for possession of radically advanced technology—that wasn’t created by human hands.”
Let’s review: there’s a former criminal thrust into a heroic situation, an imposing location, a terrifyingly felled airplane, a murder mystery, a global conflict, a long-raging war, and some kind of alien space object. Here’s hoping that the book’s two sequels include superspies, robots, and a journey to a galaxy far, far away. It’s sci-fi bingo!
Goyer is best known for his blockbuster screenwriting work, from Man of Steel to The Dark Knight trilogy, but he’s also got some horror-tastic directorial work under his belt, including The Unborn and Blade: Trinity.
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