Shonda Rhimes, Matt Reeves Developing Sci-Fi Film and TV Universe at Netflix

Two of Netflix's biggest names are coming together for a new franchise based on upcoming sci-fi novel Recursion. 

Shonda Rhimes and Matt Reeves are developing a feature film and television universe based on Blake Crouch's book, which was picked up by the streamer. 

Recursion, which will be published by Crown on June 11, 2019, explores what happens when a brilliant scientist invents a powerful technology that allows people not just to reactivate their most visceral memories but to completely reinvent them. For some, it offers the chance to rewrite their entire lives. In the wrong hands, it will upend the world as we know it.

Rhimes and her Shondaland banner left their longtime home of ABC for a huge overall deal at Netflix. This summer the streamer announced the first slate of projects from Rhimes that included eight series.

"Projects like this are why I came to Netflix," said Rhimes. "The opportunity to explore a multigenre universe in innovative ways is extremely exciting. Matt and Blake both have the tremendous ability to build compelling characters and imaginative landscapes, and I am thrilled to work alongside them."

On the features side, Reeves, the filmmaker who elevated Fox's Planet of the Apes reboot, inked one of the streamer's first major first-look deals under his 6th & Idaho banner. He recently set up an Animal Farm adaptation that Apes star Andy Serkis will direct. 

"Blake's mind-bending novel presents an incredible opportunity to explore its expansive narrative simultaneously through both film and television," said Reeves. "Netflix is uniquely suited for this ambitious undertaking, and I can't imagine a more exciting partner than the astonishingly talented Shonda Rhimes, whose work I have admired for years."

"I have been a fan of Shonda's and Matt's work going back years. To have these titans of television and film working on something of mine is an incredible honor, and Netflix is the pitch-perfect home for people who want to adapt film and TV in the most innovative way possible," said Crouch, who also is the author behind Wayward Pines and Good Behavior, both of which were turned into TV series.

Reeves and his 6th & Idaho are repped by CAA, 3 Arts and Jackoway Austen; Crouch is repped by Cheng Caplan Company, Inkwell Literary Management and Nelson Davis.