It didn’t take long for Matt Ross to locate his Captain Fantastic follow-up.
Deadline reports that the writer-director has signed on to adapt Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Tom Sweterlitsch’s brainy 2014 sci-fi novel that’s set up shop at Sony’s TriStar arm. Set in the not-so-distant future, one in which Pittsburgh has been reduced to an ashtray following a huge explosion, Sweterlitsch’s book delves deep into humanity’s relationship with fabricated environments and the intersection between reality and the virtual world.
It’ll largely center on John Dominic Blaxton, a fragile man who steps foot in a VR setting known as the Archive after losing his wife and only child. Within this man-made construct, Pittsburgh has been fully recreated, but a wayward murder victim who seemingly exists outside the system spawns a mystery, and it’s up to our protagonist to crack the case. Mark Gordon and Captain Fantastic‘s Lynette Howell Taylor will help guide Tomorrow and Tomorrow to the silver screen in a producing capacity and here, Matt Ross pinpoints the timely nature of Tom Sweterlitsch’s novel.
“Tomorrow And Tomorrow is prescient. It posits a world not so dissimilar from today; a direction we are all clearly headed where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us.”
Other book-to-film translations simmering at TriStar include Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and Shoot Like a Girl, which is one of many projects that’s caught the eye of Angelina Jolie. We’ll be keeping track of Tomorrow and Tomorrow as this story develops.
Captain Fantastic, meanwhile, scored a Best Actor nomination for Viggo Mortensen – and deservedly so – and we’ll find out whether Mortensen can see off the competition when the 89th Academy Awards take place on Sunday, February 26th.