J.J. Abrams Picks Director For Sci-Fi Thriller God Particle
Particle physics became a big topic this year thanks to the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator that was seeking answers about antimatter in the universe but sparked fears that the machine's very existence could create a black hole that would swallow the Earth whole. For screenwriter Oren Uziel (Mortal Combat: Rebirth), this wasn't just nightmare fuel, but the inspiration for a science fiction thriller he's dubbed The God Particle.
Set in an American space station, the film will focus on the ship's crew that seems to be alone in all the universe once the Hadron accelerator cause Earth to disappear. Back in June, Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures got into development on The God Particle, and now Variety reports Julius Onah has been hired to helm the sci-fi flick. Though he has a string of shorts to his credit, the Nigerian-born filmmaker will be making his feature directorial debut on this thriller that will be produced by J.J. Abrams. You can check out one of Onah's shorts, titled Don't Look Back, below:
The projected budget is expected to fall between $5-10 million, which makes this venture a little less risky for the green director. However, it's likely Paramount will harbor high hopes for the film since their Paranormal Activity franchise has been bringing in major box office with only minor production fees. To his credit, Abrams has shown an eye for emerging talent, having plucked then largely unknown Matt Reeves to helm Paramount's Cloverfield, which went on to earn $170 million worldwide and a warm reception from critics. So Onah has got a tested producer in his corner.
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