Benjamin Button Writer Heads Into Space With New Project

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Having conquered reverse aging with The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, screenwriter Eric Roth is aiming for something larger with his next project - A space opera that crosses George Lucas and Arthur C. Clarke.


Talking to, Roth - who also wrote the screenplays for Forrest Gump and Munich, amongst others - revealed that the big project that he wants to follow up Benjamin Button with is what he calls "a big space…I don’t want to say odyssey…that’s been done, but a space movie":

I want it to be—and I don’t know 100%—but I mean this is such a wide range, but I think it’s somewhere between the intelligence of “2001” and the mythology of “Star Wars”, so I don’t know where that leads you. But I don’t want to make it so intellectual that it’s confounding, but on the other hand I’m not so sure I can write the kind of wonderful fantasy that Lucas does, so maybe it would have…I don’t know…I don’t know. I can’t answer that because they’re going let me just sort of say fade in and see where I go.

While it's good to be ambitious, there's something worrying about Roth's seeming uncertainness about this particular ambition - Instead of the new Star Wars, is his feeling that he can't write Lucas-esque fantasy going to give us the new Phantom Menace?

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Chris Braak

Nah, not knowing where he's going is the most comforting sign, I think.

Wasn't Lucas' problem that he knew exactly what he wanted? And it just turned out that what he wanted was really stupid, but he wouldn't listen to anyone when they told him that?