Deadline reports that director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E, John Carter) is in early talks with Searchlight Pictures to helm their upcoming science-fiction film Chairman Spaceman, based on the short story by Thomas Pierce published in the New Yorker.
The author will also be adapting his work into a screenplay.
A notorious corporate raider who renounces his worldly wealth. To redeem himself, he signs up for an interplanetary mission to colonize the greater solar system. The story follows his final days on Earth and the fallout when the trip doesn’t go as planned.
Stanton is likely best known for Pixar’s Wall-E and Finding Nemo along with being behind the massive box office flop John Carter, which lost Disney a staggering $200+ million. He recently worked on Amazon’s Tales From the Loop.
Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films will also produce the film.