Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery are writing the pilot for an Explorers television series.
According to Deadline, Fukunaga (It: Chapter One) and Lowery (Pete’s Dragon) are collaborating on the project together. One of them would likely direct the pilot if the series was picked up. Fukunaga and Lowery will write the pilot script and series bible, with Paramount reserving first-look rights for the series as part of their current deal with Fukunaga.
The television series will be made by production groups Sailor Bear Prods (A Ghost Story) and Parliament of Owls (Beasts of No Nation). The screenwriter of the original film, Erik Luke, is also serving as a producer on the potential series. Described as an “uplifting drama,” the series will presumably expand and adapt the plot of the original film.
Released in 1985, Explorers centers around a little boy obsessed with science fiction who keeps having dreams about a mysterious machine. Charting out his dreams reveals a blueprint that he and his two friends are able to use to construct a spaceship. The film starred a young River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke as two of the boys.