Warner Bros Picks Up a 'Big Idea' Sci-Fi Spec Script 'Expulsion'

September 23, 2010
Source: Deadline

Exploding Earth

It's a tremendous success for Warner Bros that Chris Nolan's big summer blockbuster Inception has earned a whopping $753 million worldwide to date, and that has apparently given the studio a boost in confidence and cash to invest in other big, bold, original concepts. Deadline reports that WB has picked up a spec script from author Gregg Hurwitz called Expulsion, a big budget tentpole science fiction film not based on any previous work. Here's the concept: After an act of terror destroys Earth, a small band of survivors escape to a planet beyond the solar system. Alas, that's all we know about this for now, but I like the sound of it so far.

Gregg Hurwitz has written a few comics and a few novels, including Trust No One, The Program, Minutes to Burn, The Crime Writer and They're Watching, which is currently being adapted into a movie. This isn't the only big sci-fi project that Warner Bros is in development on right now - they've also got Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity in the works, but that is still struggling to secure a lead actress and get a greenlight. As a huge fan of the science fiction genre, especially all epic space movies, I'm glad to see Warner Bros investing some of that Inception cash in original sci-fi ideas - I just hope it doesn't take 10 years to actually get these movies made!

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  • rubix
    Battlestar Galactica, the movie. Minus cylons.
  • Janny
    rubix beat me to it... it does sound a lot like battlestar galactica and a little bit like wall-E
  • Luis M
    Titan A.E.? Will the new planet also be called Bob?
  • Z
    Aw Man! I was thinking 'Meh' up until I read Gregg Hurwitz! I can't wait!
  • tra la la la la di da
    Alright! I love original ideas! Nothing like a small band of survivors in a desolate world/planet/land/dimension etc!!! Tell me more!!!!
  • sedna
    first thing I thought of when I read that plot line /watch?v=CaZi73hVSXU
  • Jimmy Love
    They should just make escape from planet earth with kurt russell (While He still Can) But no instead they make evicted from planet earth!
  • I wander from where is that image in the topic ... I never saw earth broke like that in any movie !! ..It looks like an educational film !! ... Anyone have any idea ?
  • Typhoon
    I have a concept for a movie: A group of people walk down a sidewalk, then enter a eerie looking house. OK, where's my millions?
  • Cody w
    This idea has been done to death but its really up to the cast to make it stand out.
  • Manfred Powell
    WB STUDIO EXEC: "Inception, Inception... Get me another script that's like Inception!" SCRIPT READER: "There's one here called Expulsion--" WB STUDIO EXEC: "That'll do!!"
  • wm
    so the company makes $700 million and they decide to burn it all up in a matter of minutes, so to speak.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Man, I love this type of crap ... Bring it on!
  • LorD
    WB could acquire the rights to the Asimov's Foundation universe...
  • tEDDY bESS
    I'm all for studios buying original scripts, but to completely honest, that doesn't sound too original. At least based on that logline. Sounds like Battlstar Galactica lite.
  • Julian
    #11...funny as hell 😀
  • David Banner
    No# 7: hehehehehe, Snake Plissken in SPACE!!! But, hell yeah, more Sci-Fi-just not '2012' stuff.....
  • Kris
    like Battlestar? How is that if I'm not mistaken aren't they looking for the Planet Earth because something happened to there planet? Doesn't sound the same from that one sentence he posted about all they know so far...If anything it's some what the opposite.
  • vhs
    @ #7 -- Maybe Snake will surf the shockwave out into deep space.
  • More SF
    Maybe something between Star Trek and Matrix with good cast will make the hit. And they can put Snake in minor role. :)
  • Mitch
    It's Battlestar Galactica the movie, without Battlestar Galactica.




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