For the last year, whenever I’m asked to recommend a science fiction book, my first answer has been Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves. It’s a brilliant science fiction book that begins right off the bat with a catastrophic event on Earth and, in three parts, spans 5000 years. Stephenson has also written the best selling books Snow Crash, Crytonomicon and another of my favorites, Anathem.
Deadline announced yesterday that Seveneves will be going to the big screen. Skydance Media has brought on Ron Howard to direct the film and Bill Broyles will write. Howard and Broyles worked together on Apollo 13 along with producer Brian Grazer. Imagine Entertainment will be producing.
The book is an epic saga so making this as a film will be quite an undertaking. Here’s the synopsis: The 2015 book centers on a catastrophic event that renders Earth a ticking time bomb, and nations band together to devise a plan to ensure the survival of humanity in outer space. Five thousand years later, their progeny — seven races now 3 billion strong — embark on another audacious journey to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.
Now go read the book!