Amanda Seyfried Joins Andrew Niccol's New Sci-Fi I'm.mortal
by Alex Billington
July 12, 2010
I'm not entirely sure why, but Andrew Niccol (of Gattaca, Lord of War and S1m0ne) has been laying low for the last few years. He tried to get a sci-fi project called The Cross into production with Orlando Bloom, but it fell apart. Thankfully he's set to direct a "high priority" film for 20th Century Fox called I'm.mortal. The sci-fi thriller is set in the "not-too-distant" future where the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities, and aging stops at the age of 25. Variety says that 24-year-old actress Amanda Seyfried has been cast in the lead.
Variety adds to the plot: In I'm.mortal, time has become the currency. The rich are immortal, while the rest struggle to stay alive. When a "rebel" from the ghetto is falsely accused of murdering a wealthy man for his time, he is forced to go on the run with beautiful hostage (Seyfried). Together, they rage against the system, living minute to minute. They discover that love is more powerful than all the time in the world. Man, what a cheesy logline, but coming from Niccol, it'll be much better on screen. I love Gattaca, one of my all-time fave sci-fi flicks, and I've been waiting for him to return to the genre with something similar - this may be it.
Amanda Seyfried has been starring in lots of chic flicks recently, from Mamma Mia to Dear John to Letters to Juliet, but she's very talented, quite beautiful, I'm looking forward to seeing her lead this. No other roles have been cast yet, but I'm sure we'll hear more on it soon. Hopefully production stays on track this time!
That's a pretty good concept. Sounds like something I would think to do. Still, that's a lot of ground to cover in one film. I hope explanations of certain critical elements aren't delivered to us in one or two cheesy, dumbed down lines. I'ts a thriller but I hope it stays true to the concept and gives plenty of details. Seyfried is kinda hot too. I hope the male lead is someone who can actually act. If I for one second hear that Tatum is set to ruin this too I'm gonna get off my ass, go to school and study film, and go to Hollywood and call that guy out. I will keep my eyes and ears peeled for Andrew Niccol.
Eli on Jul 12, 2010
Oh and is it high priority because, like, it'll start happening soon?
Eli on Jul 12, 2010
Man...I've had a script with this exact same concept in my drawer for years. I called the elite rich the Salubrians and they controlled the trade of time to keep in check the population using drugs to speed up mortality or slow it down as they saw fit. ...grrrr
peloquin on Jul 12, 2010
this sounds convoluted and cheesy/rediculous. i'll give it a look as a rental - but i'm expecting very little from this one. i like #3s description of his script better.
beavis on Jul 13, 2010
Peloquin, I know exactly how you feel. There was a post about these people who wrote down all the things that would happen in people's lives. In my telling ( a prequel) there was a traitor among the scroll writers who stole an unfinished scroll about a prince and got his evil master on earth to drop his blood into, thus condemning the prince. Years later, the prince begins to lead his people down a dark road which would eventually lead to this evil guy that he would resurrect. So yeah, I know how you feel.
Eli on Jul 13, 2010
Yeah I'd much rather see yours Peloquin.
Xerxex on Jul 13, 2010
Sounds interesting - especially with Andrew Niccol on board. Pretty Gattaca-ish but that doesn't have to be a bad thing, quite the contrary.
c-r-u-x on Jul 13, 2010
I idea of time as currency is awesome.
az on Jul 13, 2010
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