by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Doug Jung won a coveted job when he was chosen to co-script Star Trek Beyond with Simon Pegg. He must have done an impressive job, because J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot (along with Paramount) have tapped Jung to do some work on the script for their upcoming sci-fi thriller God Particle.
The Wrap reports that Jung will tackle the script, originally done by Oren Uziel back in 2012. The plan back then was to do the movie for a nominal budget (somewhere under the $5M mark), like Paramount’s Paranormal Activity series, and turn a quick profit.
The original film has a batshit crazy concept that sounds scary as hell:
After a physics experiment with a large hadron accelerator causes the Earth to seemingly vanish completely, the terrified crew of an orbiting American space station is left floating in the middle of now-even-more-empty space. When a European spacecraft appears on their radar, the Americans must determine whether it’s their salvation, or a harbinger of doom.
Never mind the European space station – how nuts would you go knowing your days are limited to how much food, water and oxygen are left in your tiny floating metal tube in outer freakin’ space!! I’m already put on edge by films that deal with people being trapped in space but at least the majority of those films still have Earth for our protagonists to aim for.
The film is set to be directed by Julius Onah, a virtual newcomer in the feature film world. No start date for production was hinted at in the original article.