According to a new report from TheHollywoodReporter, Warner Bros. is reportedly in talks with Back To The Future and Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis to tackle their original science fiction thriller Ares penned by screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet. 

The story, described as genre-bending, tells of an astronaut whose space capsule crash lands in an African desert. As he rushes to reunite with his family, it is revealed that the mission was part of a larger conspiracy and that he may be carrying a secret that could forever change the world. 

Before landing at Warner Bros., Ares had been originally at MGM. 

Geneva is best known for working on Marvel’s Captain Marvel, the recent Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander, Sony’s Silver Sable, and David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens. 

Zemeckis recently directed a remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches for Warner Bros. and had been in the mix to replace Paul King on Disney’s live-action version of their classic animated film Pinocchio (based on the Italian fairytale). 

It’ll be interesting if they’ll aim for a mature tone like with Brad Pitt’s Ad Astra or a more comedic tone as with Matt Damon’s The Martian.

It’s unknown if Ares or Pinocchio could go into production first. 


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