Rupert Sanders Will Next Direct the Sci-Fi Crime Thriller 'The Juliet'
by Ben Pearson
October 16, 2012
Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is moving on from the behind the scenes scandal between him and Kristen Stewart that took place during his debut film. At one point, he was rumored to be directing a sequel that would be more of a spin-off, concentrating on Chris Hemsworth's character of the Huntsman. Now the future of that project is up in the air, as Deadline reports he's directing The Juliet next, an adaptation of Alfred Bester's sci-fi short story Fondly Fahrenheit about a playboy and an android who join to become one murderous personality. It's also being described as "Bonnie and Clyde in space."
ComingSoon points to an interview with I Am Entertainment in which Beddor describes the plot of The Juliet in a bit more detail. "It’s lovers on the run in space, so think Bonnie and Clyde in space, but with a very unique Bonnie who has a secret. The tone of it is close to the Bourne Identity franchise." Seems like the whole "putting a classic story in space" thing is slowly coming back en vogue, especially considering Lynne Ramsay's "Moby Dick in space" project Mobius coming up. I'll be hopeful and assume the story for The Juliet is just crazy enough to work.
The Dark Knight's Charles Roven is producing The Juliet for Atlas Entertainment alongside author Frank Beddor, who wrote a futuristic take on Alice in Wonderland called The Looking Glass Wars that he and Roven were developing for the big screen back in '09. That one hasn't come together yet, but maybe if this goes well, they can piggyback off its success and get it off the ground. Sanders was also reportedly in consideration for the director's chair on the upcoming Van Helsing reboot written by Kurtzman and Orci and starring Tom Cruise, but there hasn't been any official word out of that camp, either. Production on The Juliet starts in the spring, so we'll have to wait to see what happens with those other projects.