Writer David Weil’s spec script Moonfall has apparently set Hollywood going this week, having serious interest from several filmmakers including Darren Aronofsky, director of Pi and Black Swan, according to industry website TheWrap.
Weil is a relatively new writer whose script Half Heard in the Stillness was voted to the 2013 Black List of Hollywood’s most liked unproduced screenplays.
Moonfall is described as a Fargo-like thriller set on the moon. Aronofsky has apparently agreed a first-look deal at New Regency, though the script is currently out to multiple studios and could land somewhere else. Although Aronofsky has had talks about the script, he is not officially attached to produce Moonfall yet, let alone direct.
Space in general and the moon in particular has been on Hollywood’s radar in recent years, with films such as Moon and of course Gravity receiving great critical acclaim. According to TheWrap, Moonfall is said to ‘feature a unique angle rather than the typical point of entry to a sci-fi story set in outer space’.