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The Dark Matter Movie May Be Taking A Big Step Forward

Dark Matter

One of the more popular science fiction novels in 2016 was Dark Matter, the story written by Blake Crouch (author of the Wayward Pines trilogy) about a man who sees firsthand what his life would have been like had he traveled down a different path. Years before the novel was even released, Sony Pictures snatched up the movie rights, and now that the story has had enough time to be absorbed by readers, the studio is ready to make more progress on the cinematic adaptation. For instance, the word is out that they're eyeing Independence Day director Roland Emmerich to helm it.

Roland Emmerich is in early talks to direct the Dark Matter movie, according to Deadline. Nothing is set in stone yet, but if a deal is worked out, we'll presumably learn about its finalization in the coming weeks. Matt Tolmach is still attached as a producer, but the production is nowhere near ready to start casting yet. Still, if Sony has their eye on Emmerich, then they're clearly ready to get the ball rolling now that the book has earned positive reaction and been nominated for/earned multiple honors.

When it comes to science fiction, Roland Emmerich is no slouch. His most notable movies from that genre include Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla (the 1998 one) and Independence Day: Resurgence. Emmerich is already preparing to direct Moonfall, which he also co-wrote with Harold Kloser and Spencer Cohen, but now that the Stargate reboot is apparently dead, it seems that his schedule is freed up to tackle Dark Matter. That said, Dark Matter is a more intellectual tale, while Emmerich's fare usually values style over substance. If he is hired, let's pray to the heavens this movie isn't packed with unnecessary explosions and spectacle, because that's not what made Dark Matter an exciting read.

Warning: minor spoilers for the Dark Matter book are ahead!

The main character in Dark Matter's is a college physics professor named Jason Dessen, who is happily married and has a teenage son, but has also wondered on occasion what his life would have been like had he dedicated more time to his research and helped change the world with his discoveries. One night, he learns the answer when he is kidnapped by a masked man who asks him a simple question: "Are you happy with your life?" One weird drug injection later, Jason finds himself in a world where he is a celebrated genius, but he never married and his son was never born. However, Jason soon learns that just because this world is different doesn't mean it's perfect, and as he ends up in other alternate realities, it becomes all too clear how the smallest of decisions can change a person's life, for better or worse.

We'll keep you updated on Dark Matter's progress as more news comes in, but let us know what you thin of Roland Emmerich handling the cinematic adaptation in the comments below.

Adam Holmes

Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.