Conde Nast to Adapt New Yorker Short Story 'The Relive Box' as Feature (Exclusive)

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Daniel Arsham

The sci-fi drama will be the directorial debut for visual artist Daniel Arsham.

Conde Nast Entertainment is developing a feature film based on the New Yorker short story The Relive Box.

The sci-fi drama will be the directorial debut for visual artist Daniel Arsham, with writer Chai Hecht set to adapt. 

The story, by novelist T.C. Boyle, is set in the not-too-distant future and follows one of the founders of America's largest tech company who has become addicted to a prototype of his newest product — a device that lets you relive your past. He is consumed by the mystery of how he became the man he is, but as his growing obsession threatens his relationship with his teenage daughter, he is forced to choose: the past or the present.

Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of CNE will produce, along with Hunter Ryan and David Ryan via their Lost Lodge Productions. Lost Lodge will also finance the feature. 

“As we search Conde Nast’s vast library for IP, we look for stories and characters that lend themselves to being adapted for the big screen and T.C. Boyle’s story left us wanting to see and experience more of the world he had created,” said Ostroff and Steckler. 

“In my visual art practice, I have often explored ways to manipulate time," added Arsham. "To compress it, to stretch it and to dislocate audiences from this particular moment in time. I look forward to bringing these notions to life with The Relive Box.”

Arsham, whose work has appeared in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami and the New Museum In New York, is repped by CAA. Hecht is repped by CAA, Madhouse and Myman Greenspan. 

CNE, which was behind the recent feature Only the Brave, based on a GQ article by Sean Flynn, is repped by CAA.