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'Skull Island' Director Gets Paramount's 'The Stars My Destination'

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March 15, 2015
Source: THR

Jordan Vogt-Roberts

After directing Kings of Summer and having some fun running over things with a tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger, filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts was supposed to direct an adaptation of the video game Metal Gear Solid. However, first on his plate will be Skull Island, an origin story of the mysterious location where King Kong resides. Tom Hiddleston, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons are all starring in the film set up by Universal Pictures and Legendary, and it's slated for release in the spring of 2017. But now Vogt-Roberts has a new project lined up as THR reports he's in talks to helm The Stars My Destination.

The film will be an adaptation of the classic sci-fi story by Alfred Bester that is at Paramount Pictures. The tale hails from 1957, and was originally a serial before being published in an entire novel. The first part of the story sounds like another Cast Away kind of story set in space with a man left stranded in space after his ship is attacked and everyone else is killed. In his distress, he signals a passing starship for help, but they ignore him. And thus begins a Count of Monte Cristo-esque story of a man aiming to get revenge on the ship. This is a sci-fi world where there's teleportation and telepathic.

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  • grimjob
    God I love this resurgence of Keaton. I hope the same thing happens with Russell after The Hateful Eight.
  • JBroti
    Speaking of the article's title...when are we going to start getting some more news about "Skull Island"????!!
  • DAVIDPD
    Too early to say if this is good news. The plot sounds a little too ambitious...
  • OfficialJab
    Couldn't remember where I heard that name for a minute - someone used it for their Miku album. That's my only comment since I don't know the story.
  • Maxine Godfrey
    it's been a while since i've read TSMD, but i've often wished for a film adaptation. now i'm nervous that it won't do the novel justice -- the story is a real blockbuster. Gully Foyle is a Ulysses for future times. p.s. there's no telepathy, that i recall, but there's a telesend -- Robin Wednesbury -- who involuntarily sends her thoughts out to everyone else. awkward, to say the least. oh, this book has SO MUCH to offer!!!

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