Disaster films can be good fun, and Geostorm looks like it might be a decent one. Directed by Dean Devlin and starring Gerard Butler, the film is set in the near future. Butler’s character needs to travel to space to repair some sort of Macguffin which controls the weather, while all hell breaks loose all over Earth.
So yeah — fun stuff.
This is actually Dean Devlin’s film directorial debut, though he’s no stranger to disaster films (having been a producer on movies like Independence Day). Hopefully this thing will be solid.
Neal Stephenson’s 2015 novel Seveneves is apparently heading towards the big screen thanks to Skydance. Not only that, but they’ve tapped the same team behind Apollo 13 to make it — with Brian Grazer producing, Bill Broyles writing, and (of course) Ron Howard directing.
For those of you unfamiliar with Seveneves, Deadline sums it up pretty succinctly:
The 2015 book centers on a catastrophic event that renders Earth a ticking time bomb, and nations band together to devise a plan to ensure the survival of humanity in outer space. Five thousand years later, their progeny — seven races now 3 billion strong — embark on another audacious journey to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.
All of this is still pretty early in development, so things could change at a moment’s notice (and this could all evaporate into the ether), but if the project continues with this team, I think it’ll be pretty awesome.
We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.