Ron Howard, whose had a rough go of things lately, is adapting Neal Stephenson’s sci-fi novel Seveneves. Producer Brian Grazer is, of course, coming along with him.
The synopsis for the book sounds like this will be yet another “the world has ended” scenario with space explorers and an alien planet that is actually Earth:
Five thousand years later after a catastropic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers–seven distinct races now three billion strong–embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown … to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.
Deadline also says the Apollo 13 screenwriter Bill Broyles is also returning. Ron Howard hasn’t had a hit in a while, and his last decent film, Rush, is getting further and further away. He has the third Dan Brown adaptation, Inferno, coming to theaters this fall. I doubt that will pull him out of the ditch, but perhaps an adventure back into space will do the trick.