Francis Lawrence Adapting The World Without Us for Fox
by Alex Billington
April 2, 2009
Writer Mark Protosevich and director Francis Lawrence (of I Am Legend previously) are teaming up again to bring us yet another look at the future. Fox has acquired rights to "The World Without Us", a non-fiction environmental book by Alan Weisman that Fox will turn into a big budget tentpole feature. The book takes on the idea of life on Earth if humans were suddenly to disappear. It explores how houses would deteriorate, how long and which man-made objects would last, the environmental impact nuclear waste and other pollutants would have left unchecked and how nature would spread over built environments.
The intent is to have Mark Protosevich turn the scientific facts into a story about the event(s) that lead to man's disappearance. You might think of it as a combination of I Am Legend and Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man comic, with a little bit of Roland Emmerich's 2012 thrown in for good measure. Since this was just acquired, I can imagine only very basic ideas for the story have been developed. While this seems a bit odd at first, if you think about it, with Protosevich and Lawrence involved, it's actually a very cool concept. It's at least quite interesting to hear that they're approaching the scientific side of it first before the story.