David Twohy is the wizard behind the curtain for the raucous series of Riddick movies staring Vin Diesel, serving as the three films' writer and director. His genre roots run deep as the infamous writer of the deplorable Waterworld, but also of such engaging indie fare such as The Arrival and Below. His newest creative venture is Ice Moon Rising, a partnership with a China-based film studio, centering on a joint rescue mission between the United States and China to the strange Jovian moon of Europa.
The announcement came at this week's Beijing International Film Festival. The film hopes to highlight China's many accomplishments in the history of space exploration and showcase a female main character born in China but raised in America. The Galilean moon Europa has been in Hollywood's stable of outer-space destinations for decades, being used in 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Aliens of the Deep and Europa Report and fully featured in a half-dozen sci-fi video games and countless novels and short stories.
Twohy discussed the ambitious co-production and details of the screenplay with the Los Angeles Times:
The story centers on a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter that is covered in ice and may have an ocean underneath that could support life. Astronauts on a U.S. mission to the Jovian moon encounter an alien life form, and a male astronaut is infected with an untreatable ailment. His wife and fellow crewmate promises to go back to Earth and retrieve a remedy, vowing to return within three years. She leaves her mate in a state of suspended animation. But bureaucratic issues and other problems delay her return for 24 years.
When she finally comes back, on a China-backed mission, the couple must sort out a variety of issues stemming from their long separation -- namely that she’s given birth to their daughter and started a new relationship in the intervening quarter of a century.
Produced by China Film Group, Orb Films and Das Media, the sci-fi adventure is set to start filming later this year, possibly in the coastal Chinese city of Qingdao. Does this sound like an intriguing cinematic offering, or do you plan on making a detour from Europa?