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Spielberg Goes to Space

Published June 15, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage.
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Steven Spielberg, after continued delays on the adventure Indiana Jones IV, is looking to jump back onto the sci-fi genre. Where are we going next?

A wormhole says Spielberg, but not the fantastical kind.

Spielberg on a Sci-Fi Space Adventure

According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has picked up Steven Spielberg to develop a space adventure about a group of explorers who travel through a wormhole and into another dimension.

Spielberg hopes to direct the film, which Lynda Obst will produce.

The project is currently untitled

Project, in a nascent stage, is anchored in real science. It was derived from a treatment by Kip S. Thorne, a Caltech physicist who's an expert on relativity. Thorne is most famous for his controversial theory that wormholes not only exist but can be accessed and used as portals for time travel.

I think we have all heard the theory before in the book Sphere from Michael Crichton. Just in case you forgot, the story covers a spaceship found underwater that somehow traveled through some sort of time warp. Though I am fading away from Spielberg, Sphere is probably Crichton's best book.

Since the project could take several years to develop, do not expect the film to be next on Spielberg's to-do list. Instead the director plans to finish Indiana Jones IV as well as an epic tale of Abraham Lincoln based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's novel. Liam Neeson is on the top of the list to play President Lincoln.

Though Spielberg hasn't gotten behind a camera since Munich, the director is currently laboring away to smooth the transition of Dreamworks into Paramount Pictures.

Stay tuned for updates.

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