Fox has acquired the rights to Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us, which is either every Roland Emmerich movie ever made or the dumbest idea for a movie ever.
A best-seller and critical favorite, its premise is life on Earth if humans were suddenly to disappear. Weisman explores how edifices and houses would deteriorate, which man-made objects would last, the environmental impact of nuclear waste and other pollutants and how nature would spread over built environments.
Ooh, two hours of time-lapse photography. I’m spurting my shorts just thinking about it.
Fox does not aim to make a documentary but rather a fictional feature buttressed by the book’s science. It would, for example, show an event that would lead to man’s disappearance.
Let me get this straight: you wanted to make a movie about events that happen before the beginning of a non-fiction book? I… I don’t think you have to buy the rights for that…
Mark Protosevich will write the script, and Francis Lawrence will direct. They tackled similar material with the sci-fi monster movie “I Am Legend,” which featured Will Smith as the only man left in post-apocalyptic New York. [Reuters]
You’re right, a sci-fi monster movie is totally similar to a book about bridges decaying. I’m the idiot. I don’t know what I was thinking. You know, I have a feeling the way this went down was, a Fox exec saw a best-seller list by accident one day, then the next morning, he walked into the board meeting:
EXEC: Gentleman, do you know what this is? *flutters pages* It’s… a book.