Hollywood 'Black List' script about sci-fi septuplets lands director
Hollywood’s Black List was once an career-ending thing to be on, back in the 1950s’ Commie witch-hunt era. But Hollywood’s current Black List is actually a career builder, since this one refers to the annual compilation of the best unproduced original screenplays.
One such movie is now a step closer to being made.
Juno and Lars and the Real Girl were among those on previous lists, and one well-regarded title from the 2010 group was What Happened to Monday?, a sci-fi thriller about a group of adult, identical septuplets who are trying to stay hidden in a time when having multiple children is outlawed. When one of the siblings goes missing (they are named after the days of the week — hence the title) the others must find out what happened without exposing their existence.
Vendome Pictures, which produced Source Code and Tom Hanks’ Larry Crowne, bought the rights to Max Botkin’s script last year.
Now the project has a director — Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, making his U.S. feature debut after directing the crime-thriller Headhunters in his homeland. (A huge hit there, Summit Entertainment bought the English-language remake rights.)
Raffaella De Laurentiis’ Raffaella Productions helped developed the project and they will also serve as producer alongside Vendome’s CEO Philippe Rousselet.