Ever since Avatar opened, everyone and their dog in Hollywood has been looking for their own deep space-set tale that they hope will intrigue audiences. One of the latest is Ion, based on a spec script by Will Dunn, which is currently doing the round in La La Land.
Tony and Ridley Scott are attached to produce, and Channing Tatum is currently set to star in the film, which THR desribes as being about ‘a man who travels to different Earths and dimensions in order to find his reincarnated lover.’ And just to prove how Avatar has changed things, the script actually first appeared in Hollywood last year, but found little interest. Now with sci-fi insanely hot, several different companies are courting the script, with it most likely to end up at Fox’s genre imprint, Fox 2000.
With the likes of Logan’s Run, All You Need Is Kill, Mass Effect, Pacific Rim and numerous other being developed in Hollywood, it seems we’re going to have to get used to a lot more straight-up sci-fi in cinemas, although whether any can even vaguely match the power of Avatar is yet to be seen.