A secret science fiction project is on the way from Sony Pictures, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and director Chris Alender. Deadline has the news, reporting that Sony acquired the rights to a currently-untitled project, which will serve as Alender’s feature film debut.
Alender is best known for the stylish sci-fi fantasy music video “Eye of the Storm,” which he directed and which was produced through his company, Soapbox Films. Launched in 2002, Soapbox Films is Burbank, California-based production facility and creative agency to which Alender now serves as CEO & COO.
Created as part of a series of music videos set to the songs of Ben Lovett’s album, “Highway Collection,” “Eye of the Storm” can be viewed in the player below.
The original article likens the untitled project to Bad Robot’s own Cloverfield and, while plot details are being kept under wraps, it is teased that the story involves extraterrestrial beings.
The most recent draft of the screenplay hails from Justin Doble, who began working with Bad Robot as an assistant to Matthew Reeves on Cloverfield. Doble went on to become a script coordinator on “Fringe” before eventually writing episodes of both that series and the recent “Almost Human.”
More of Alender’s work can be found on his official site.