In the wake of the Oscar Parasite, Bong Joon Ho is directing an adaptation of the sci-fi thriller Mickey7and production is expected to start as summer approaches.
Deadline reports today that pre-production on the untitled film is underway at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, with Robert Pattinson featuring alongside Toni Collette.
Marc Ruffalo and Naomi Akkie will also be featured.
Published in February, Mickey7 is described as a “sci-fi thriller”, and it was written by Edward Ashton. Here’s the book’s plot synopsis, via Amazon…
“The Martian meets Black matter in Edward Ashton’s high-concept sci-fi thriller, in which “consumable” Mickey7 refuses to let his replacement clone Mickey8 take his place.
“Dying isn’t fun… but at least it’s living.
“Mickey7 is an Expendable: a disposable employee in a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. Whenever there is a mission too dangerous, even suicidal, the crew turns to Mickey. After the death of one iteration, a new body is regenerated with most of its memories intact.After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his contract…and why it was the only vacant Colonial position when he took it.
“While on a fairly routine scouting mission, Mickey7 disappears and is presumed dead. Just as he returns to the colony base, surprisingly aided by native life, Mickey7’s fate is sealed. There is a new clone , Mickey8, who reports for Expendable Tasks The idea of duplicate consumables is universally hated, and if caught, they’ll likely be thrown into the Protein Recycler.
“Mickey7 must keep his doppelganger a secret from the rest of the colony. Meanwhile, life on Niflheim gets worse. The atmosphere is unsuitable for humans, food is scarce, and terraforming is going badly. The native species are increasingly curious about their new neighbors, and this curiosity is very scared of Commander Marshall. Ultimately, the survival of both lifeforms will depend on Mickey7.
“That is, if he can just stop himself from dying for good.”
Deadline notes, “Although the film is inspired by the novel, sources say that given Bong’s past experiences with adaptations, his version may ultimately differ from the novel.”