Peter Cornwell Directing New Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Panopticon'
by Ethan Anderton
December 17, 2009
As of late, extreme interest in established franchises has created more than a fleeting disinterest in the spec script market, leaving original ideas out in the cold. However, the science fiction genre has reinvigorated a taste for original scripts with the success of Moon and District 9. Now another sci-fi spec script gets a shot at glory as Variety reports that director Peter Cornwell (Ward 13, The Haunting in Connecticut), seen above, has been set to direct The Panopticon, which follows a salesman who receives a pre-recorded message from himself that tells him the world is about to end and only he can save it. But there's more to it than that.
Without ruining too much of the story (having read the script) the conflict comes from not knowing exactly who to trust as the "good guys," including the main character himself. Plenty of twists and turns make for an edge-of-your seat kind of experience that should make for some very fresh entertainment after it goes into production next year. A saving-the-world plotline might seem a bit heavy handed nowadays, but believe me, this is one of those stories that you'll want to keep untainted until it hits theaters. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (G.I. Joe) will produce along with Mark Vahradian (Annapolis) for Lionsgate. Stay tuned for casting news.