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Studios pick up sci-fi thriller scripts from Logan's Boyd Holbrook, Imitation Game's Graham Moore

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Feb 27, 2018

Hollywood is banking on original science fiction projects more than ever before as screenplays from Boyd Holbrook (Narcos, Logan) and Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) have been picked up by Fox and Studio 8 respectively. Holbrook's The Thirst is an action thriller set in a future where water is a scarce and precious commodity, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

The 36-year-old actor pitched the idea Fox executive Matt Reilly while shooting Shane Black's The Predator, which is scheduled for a September release. The Thirst has the potential to tap into the running-out-of-resources motif that made Soylent Green such a classic and will be produced by Game Night's John Davis.

Meanwhile, Moore's script, titled Naked Is the Best Disguise, is set in a future where memories can be extracted from one person and placed into the mind of another, this based on another THR report. Taking place over the course of one night, the film follows an illegal memory "dealer" who is accused of murdering someone she doesn't know...or so she thinks. Guy Danella and Greg Self are overseeing the project, which is eyeing to cast the female lead immediately and begin production sometime this year. Moore won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay thanks to his work on The Imitation Game.

In the cold reaches of a world encased in ice, TNT's Snowpiercer TV series has found a new showrunner in Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson, SYFY WIRE has confirmed. The project found itself without a creative head last month as Josh Friedman departed over creative differences after developing the show and even writing the pilot. 

“Graeme’s extensive background in the sci-fi genre coupled with his brilliant work behind Orphan Black made him the perfect choice for this series,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “He is the best conductor to navigate the thought provoking and delicate themes of the series while bringing this frozen, futuristic world to life.”

Added Marty Adelstein, executive producer and CEO of Tomorrow Studios: 

“I’ve been a tremendous fan of Graeme’s work and his creative vision aligns perfectly with shaping theSnowpiercer world for a television audience."

Finally, Drop Dead Gorgeous director Michael Patrick Jann will direct a pilot of the supernatural cop drama Dead Inside for the CW, writes Deadline. Written by Katie Lovejoy (Dracula) and produced by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs), the show follows a beat cop who begins to see the ghost of her detective brother after he's killed in an explosion. Together, they'll solve crimes and try to figure out why he's still stuck on Earth. So, Ghost Whisperer meets Medium meets Reaper meets Deadbeet meets 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd? Got it, sign us up!