Two weeks ago, Neill Blomkamp said he still hoped to make The Gone World, based on Thomas Sweterlitsch’s sci-fi novel. Blomkamp has now confirmed that it looks to be a go at 20th Century Fox.
The District 9 and Chappie director took to Twitter to reveal the awesome piece of news to his followers, revealing that he was indeed going to helm the project, first announced back in 2015.
Described as Inception meets True Detective, The Gone World is a time-travel procedural slated for a February 2018 release and follows the story of Shannon Moss, a woman part of a clandestine division of NCIS. Here’s the book synopsis:
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.
Sounds pretty interesting, right? Are you excited to see that Neill Blomkamp (who's currently lighting it up with his Oats Studios short films) will direct The Gone World? Also: Chime in with your casting choices for the role of Shannon Moss.