Update: THR reveals that Invertigo will be hitting on March 7th, 2014.
It’s been about nine months since anything regarding Mr. D.J. Caruso came across our virtual desk, but he’s coming back… with a vengeance. (No, probably not.) As Deadline reports, the Disturbia helmer has signed with Sony Pictures for Invertigo, a high-concept sci-fi feature scripted by Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Scream 4) and Bradley Cramp.
Our initial report was bereft of any goods on the story, so let’s get down to that before any directing business comes into play. As it stands, Invertigo centers on the effects of a NASA satellite crashing in New York City — the creation of a “reverse-G vortex” that, as the title would indicate, inverts gravity — and the ensuing rescue effort to stop it. (I’ll just admit it right now: conveyed with the proper visual pinache, that could look rather incredible.)
You can read a full logline below:
“A long lost NASA space probe mysteriously crash lands in New York City, apparently under the influence of a ‘dark energy’ force that drives the universe’s expansion. But the scientific curiosity soon becomes a disaster of cataclysmic proportions as Earth’s own gravity is disrupted and eventually reversed, causing skyscrapers and bridges to be ripped from the ground and rivers to rain from the sky. A team led by the Office of Emergency Management supervisor is forced to mount a desperate mission into upside-down Manhattan to avert the entire planet’s destruction.”
It’s a little unclear if Caruso‘s jumping on board Invertigo as his next project, although the “enormous amount of prep” could make this a top priority. (That is, if Sony isn’t willing to just sit on this screenplay for the next couple of years.) And, hey, I’m starting to think Preacher won’t ever happen — if only on account of his growing plate — so let’s take one off the docket, for good measure. That still leaves A Walk Among the Tombstones, though, and Scott Frank has already completed his screenplay for the drama; a smaller-scale story (something Caruso just completed in the form of Goat Island) could, at the very least, be a nice interim for him.
Are you curious about Invertigo‘s potential? How does Caruso strike you as the project’s helmer?
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