An intergalactic love story originally set up at now-bankrupt Relativity under the title “Out of This World” has now migrated to STX Entertainment, a fast-growing, deep-pocketed film and TV studio launched last year by Robert Simonds.
Relativity, which has had a hell of a week, had not fully greenlit the project when STX began bidding in mid-July. But the film had a script from Allan Loeb and a director, Peter Chelsom (“Hector and the Search for Happiness”), who’s staying onboard. Based on a story written by Richard Lewis, Stewart Schill and Loeb, the
film is now untitled and is set to star Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield,
Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson. Here’s the synopsis:
In this modern love story about two galaxy-crossed teens from different
worlds, Gardner Elliot, the first human born on Mars, is secretly raised
in an experimental colony on the red planet after his astronaut mother
dies during childbirth. Sixteen years later, Gardner begins an online
romance with a girl living in Colorado and hatches a plan to travel
across the universe to meet her. Now, on the run, with Earth’s gravity
threatening his very existence, Gardner must race against time and
nature to find his love and win her heart. Once united, the two teens
venture to seek out the enigmatic billionaire who funded the original
expedition to Mars, in hopes of uncovering information about Gardner’s
mother and the mysterious circumstances surrounding how Gardner came
STX’s Motion Picture Group is headed by former Universal chief Adam
Fogelson, who announced the film with STX President Oren Aviv. Set to
begin production this Fall, the film is the latest in a starry slate of
titles including “The Gift” (August 7) with Jason Bateman, remake
“Secret in Their Eyes” (November 20) with Julia Roberts and Nicole
Kidman and Civil War drama “The Free State of Jones” starring Matthew
McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, set for March 2016 release.
The untitled romance indicates the kinds of films STX—reportedly willing to spend between $350 million and $400 million annually—wants to make, and with promising newcomers. Butterfield has gained attention for “Hugo,” “Ender’s Game,” the upcoming “A Brilliant Young Mind” and “10,000 Saints,” while Britt Robertson, presumably playing his young love interest, just broke out in Disney’s “Tomorrowland” opposite George Clooney after a decade of work in indie and genre pictures.
The film is produced by Richard
Lewis. Executive producers are Allan Loeb, Steven Pearl and Doug
Urbanski, with Gabrielle Jerou co-producing.