Currently overseeing post-production on Passengers, the brainy sci-fi flick that features two of the hottest stars in Hollywood in Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, it’s been revealed that director Morten Tyldum has opened negotiations to helm Shining Girls for MRC.
That’s according to Variety, revealing that Tyldum is circling the adaptation of Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls novel. Remaining in the genre of science fiction, the core premise is rooted in 1930s Chicago where a serial killer happens across a mysterious device that allows him to manipulate time and travel to 1993. Depression-era killings and moral questions ensue.
Coming off his work on The Imitation Game and now Sony’s Passengers, Tyldum is a fine candidate to take point on MRC’s long-gestating adaptation. At one point in the project’s lifecycle, Danny Boyle was being courted to direct, before the filmmaker ultimately bowed out in favor of Trainspotting 2. There were also rumors suggesting the book-to-screen translation could involve a TV series, but such plans never came to pass.
Now, with Morten Tyldum all but set to direct, the studio can begin casting the net in search of an ensemble. Behind the scenes, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Leonardo DiCaprio are attached to produce.
Before Tyldum can jump-start production on The Shining Girls, however, the filmmaker will helm The Last Days of Night for Black Bear Pictures. Passengers, meanwhile, is booked in for a theatrical release on December 21, 2016.