Roland Emmerich May Direct a Multidimensional Thriller From the Author of Wayward Pines

Director Roland Emmericha on the set of Independence Day: Resurgence. Image: Fox
Director Roland Emmericha on the set of Independence Day: Resurgence. Image: Fox

The birth of a child changes everyone’s life, but for the main character in Dark Matter, it’s a bigger change than most. He’s forced to abandon his lifelong research into multiple dimensions—until he’s abducted into one of those other dimensions, a place where his research never stopped and his child was never born.


That’s the setup of Dark Matter, a novel by Blake Crouch, who fans may know as the author of the Wayward Pines novels (which were turned into the Fox TV show). Sony Pictures has owned the rights since well before the book was published this summer, and now they’re in talks with Roland Emmerich to direct.

Emmerich, the director of Independence Day, Stargate, and 2012, is also attached to Moonfall, another big budget scifi film, and Deadline—which broke the Dark Matter news—doesn’t report which will come first. This title seems to have more humanity in it though, so it probably won’t have priority over the big action movie.


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Eh. So I accidentally stumbled upon Wayward Pines and couldn’t put the books down. Didn’t realize they turned it into a show—and apparently a good one at that—until after. Still haven’t watched it yet, but I see how it could work.

Dark Matter was a fun read, but I’m not sure if it would make a compelling film. It’s not anywhere near Emmerich levels of actiony; it’s about physics, interpersonal interactions, and meaning-of-life type concepts. Shoehorning EXPLOSIONS in would be awful.