Paramount & Bad Robot Find Fresh Director for Sci-Fi 'God Particle'
When Paramount and Bad Robot teamed up for a new science fiction mystery film called God Particle, we knew it'd be something worth keeping an eye on even though J.J. Abrams wasn't going to direct it. The story follows a physics experiment with a Hadron accelerator goes wrong and Earth vanishes completely, leaving the astronauts in an orbiting space station lost in space. But when a European spacecraft shows up on their radar, the crew has to figure out if the incoming vehicle is friend or foe. Now Variety reports the production has found a director in the unknown Julius Onah, who has mostly helmed short films so far.
Onah has only directed one full feature before - The Girl Is in Trouble, starring Wilmer Valderrama and Paz de la Huerta - but he's also been a prolific writer, producer, and short film director over the past ten years. It makes sense that Paramount would give the job to an up-and-coming filmmaker because the budget on this movie is going to be between $5-10 million, and the studio is hoping to capture some of that lightning in a bottle that they seem to produce with their microbudget features like the Paranormal Activity series and even The Devil Inside. It's not much of a risk to give Onah a shot, so we're looking forward to seeing if he can become a big time player if God Particle turns out to be fantastic.
Even though Abrams is only producing this one, the success he and Bad Robot had with making Cloverfield a surprise hit and giving director Matt Reeves a career-making opportunity bodes well for the future of this project. Here's hoping Onah can capitalize on a great sci-fi premise and bring fans something that's thrilling and suspenseful in all the right ways. We'll keep a close watch on this project.