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'Blades of Glory' Filmmakers Tackling Sci-Fi Adventure 'Distant' for Amblin (Exclusive)

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones ('Midnight Special'), Fred Berger ('La La Land') and Anna Halberg ('Extinction') are producing.
Josh Gordon (left) and Will Speck   |   Todd Williamson/Getty Images
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones ('Midnight Special'), Fred Berger ('La La Land') and Anna Halberg ('Extinction') are producing.

Will Speck and Josh Gordon are heading into deep outer space.

The directing duo, perhaps best known for comedies such as Blades of Glory and Office Christmas Party, have signed on to helm Distant, a comedic sci-fi adventure from Amblin Partners.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special), Fred Berger (La La Land) and Anna Halberg (Extinction) are producing.

Written by Spenser Cohen as a spec script, the story centers on an asteroid miner who crash-lands on an alien planet. Running out of oxygen and hunted by creatures, he is forced to cross harsh terrain to find the only other known survivor, a woman trapped in her escape pod.

Speck and Gordon will also serve as executive producers, along with Jonathan Rothbart and Matthew Hirsch. Kevin Vafi will co-produce.

Jeb Brody, Amblin Partners' co-president of production, and creative executive John Buderwitz will oversee for the studio.

Speck and Gordon made their feature directing debut with Blades of Glory, the skating comedy starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder and made by Amblin's precursor, DreamWorks Studios. They also helmed the comedy The Switch, which starred Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, and reteamed with the actors several years later for Office Christmas Party.

They are currently developing a series for Hulu based on the Marvel character Hit Monkey.

Speck and Gordon are repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.

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