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Andrew Niccol is Preparing His Next Sci-Fi Project 'I'm Mortal'

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April 12, 2010

Andrew Niccol

Although we have yet to hear anything new about his other film The Cross, news comes from Heat Vision today about another new science fiction project that director Andrew Niccol is preparing to shoot this summer (instead of The Cross). Niccol is the great director responsible for bringing us Gattaca, S1m0ne, and Lord of War, but hasn't made a feature film since 2005. His new project is I'm Mortal, that he wrote and will direct, and is set in the "not-too-distant" future where the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities.

Basically, the rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. The story that the film will specifically follow focuses on a poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as "time keepers." These are the kind of incredible original concepts I miss seeing nowadays, but I'm glad this one actually made it through! Strike Entertainment, who specializes in "social sci-fi" films like Children of Men and District 9, will produce along with New Regency, who are both currently "in negotiations" to develop this.

Ever since I started this site, I've been waiting and waiting for Niccol to return to sci-fi with another bold, original brilliant concept, and this could finally be it. I guess The Cross didn't work out with everyone and got canned. I'm Mortal "could be Niccol's most commercial work yet" and will be more grounded like the 1976 sci-fi film Logan's Run. Niccol is hoping to start shooting in the summer and is already in the midst of casting. Apparently a lot of people are interested because "every character looks young" since the concept makes every person look the same age regardless of their real age. I can't wait to see how this develops next.

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  • Xerxex
    so...its about rich people living forever? cool.
  • GATTACA is amazing enough for me to forgive S1MONE and LORD OF WAR. Bring on I'M MORTAL!
  • Stephen
    This was the premise of American Playhouse on Showtime in the 1980s, called The Price Of Life.
  • People's Champ
    I dug Gattaca big time when it came out. No way would I sit thru S1MONE. Didnt really care for Lord of War much. I think this might be pretty good.
  • cintilla
    It's moments like this that is the juice behind why we are discussing movies in the first place. This is a brilliant idea. If they can pull off the little details that a time-based economic system would generate, this movie could be very special.
  • Henri
    Niccol is the great director responsible for bringing us Gattaca, S1m0ne, and Lord of War. You are beign saracstic with the term 'great director' aren't you?
  • Xerxex
    #6 Lord of War was an excellent film, and Gattaca was amazing in its time.
  • beavis
    yea, #6......"lord of war" was a well-done film. on topic: this is a VERY interesting premise for a movie - i'm excited to see what they do with it.
  • McQueen85
    Sounds like a very original concept! Why on earth don't this happen more often?... :-/

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