In a rare move from any major studio, Warner Bros. on Thursday announced the pick up of a potentially big-budget screenplay that’s not based on a comic book, novel or beloved/forgotten/”cult” franchise. But at least with the spec script Expulsion they got a writer who’s done all three: Gregg Hurwitz.
The story broke on Deadline that the studio had snapped the story from the writer of novels, including his latest thriller They’re Watching, comics like Marvel’s Vengeance of The Moon Knight and the TV remake of V. Spinoff contacted Hurwitz for his first reaction to the news.
“I’m very fired up to be working with Warner Bros. on Expulsion,” Hurwtiz said. “It’s far and away the biggest screenplay I’ve ever written – a huge sci-fi script that finds a band of humans launched from a destroyed Earth to a new world. We have a great producer on board in Brad Weston and are hitting the ground running.”
Deadline noted that Warners was “emboldened by its summer smash Inception” to make the move, and we’re hard-pressed to find a better explanation aside from the idea that maybe the studio will take more chances on original big idea film stories in the wake of Chris Nolan’s crossover hit. It’d be kind of nice, right?
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