Ron Howard has been brought on board to direct Imagine Entertainment and Skydance’s “Seveneves” adaptation, which would reunite him with “Apollo 13” scribe Bill Broyles, who is adapting the screenplay for the film. It is being reported that Howard would also produce the film alongside Brian Grazer.
“Seveneves” is based on Neal Stephenson’s 2015 sci-fi novel of the same name. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film “follows the human race as a catastrophic event leaves them scrambling to survive. Nations band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. Five thousand years later, their progeny — seven distinct races now three billion strong — embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown: back to Earth.”
Howard’s most recent film was 2015’s “In the Heart of the Sea,” which starred Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson.
Howard and Grazer are currently at work on post-production for their film “Inferno,” the latest in the DaVinci Code movie series starring Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. Howard will also be directing the documentary “Eight Days a Week” about the Beatles. He also has the romantic thriller “The Girl Before” in the works.
The duo also recently teamed up with the National Geographic Channel for its first scripted series, “Genius,” which tells the stories of the world’s most brilliant minds. Howard will be directing the first episode, which is set to tell the story of Albert Einstein.
Deadline was the first to report the news on Howard’s involvement in “Seveneves.”