Amanda Seyfried Joins Andrew Niccol's New Sci-Fi I'm.mortal
by Alex Billington
July 12, 2010
I'm not entirely sure why, but Andrew Niccol (of Gattaca, Lord of War and S1m0ne) has been laying low for the last few years. He tried to get a sci-fi project called The Cross into production with Orlando Bloom, but it fell apart. Thankfully he's set to direct a "high priority" film for 20th Century Fox called I'm.mortal. The sci-fi thriller is set in the "not-too-distant" future where the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities, and aging stops at the age of 25. Variety says that 24-year-old actress Amanda Seyfried has been cast in the lead.
Variety adds to the plot: In I'm.mortal, time has become the currency. The rich are immortal, while the rest struggle to stay alive. When a "rebel" from the ghetto is falsely accused of murdering a wealthy man for his time, he is forced to go on the run with beautiful hostage (Seyfried). Together, they rage against the system, living minute to minute. They discover that love is more powerful than all the time in the world. Man, what a cheesy logline, but coming from Niccol, it'll be much better on screen. I love Gattaca, one of my all-time fave sci-fi flicks, and I've been waiting for him to return to the genre with something similar - this may be it.
Amanda Seyfried has been starring in lots of chic flicks recently, from Mamma Mia to Dear John to Letters to Juliet, but she's very talented, quite beautiful, I'm looking forward to seeing her lead this. No other roles have been cast yet, but I'm sure we'll hear more on it soon. Hopefully production stays on track this time!