'Skull Island' Director in Talks for 'The Stars My Destination' (Exclusive)

The film is based on the classic sci-fi tale by Alfred Bester.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts  AP Images/Invision

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the helmer who broke through with the coming-of-age drama The Kings of Summer and is now prepping the King Kong movie Skull Island, is continuing his big-budget trajectory.

The filmmaker is in talks to direct The Stars My Destination, the adaptation of the classic sci-fi tale by Alfred Bester that just landed at Paramount.

Mary Parent is producing via her studio-based Disruption Entertainment. Parent brought the project to Paramount's Geoff Stier.

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The story, published as a serialized tale and then a novel in 1957, tells of a man who is marooned in space after his ship is attacked and everyone else killed. When a passing starship ignores his distress beacon, it sets the man on a Count of Monte Cristo-like journey to get revenge.

"Jaunting," aka teleportation, figures into the story as does an explosive that is set off telepathically.

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Hollywood has been looking to adapt the book since at least the early 1990s, when Richard Gere optioned the story in the glow of his Pretty Woman success. It was set up at Universal and Fox and attracted directors such as Betty Thomas and Paul W.S. Anderson.

Vogt-Roberts is also attached to direct Metal Gear Solid, based on the video game. He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

 

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