Barry Malzberg’s controversial award-winning sci-fi novel Beyond Apollo is being adapted to the screen as a sci-fi thriller by writer/director Michael Grodner with actors Scott Speedman and Bill Pullman attached, who were recently joined by Ali Larter from “Heroes.”
Produced by Aaron Ockman (Children of the Corn: Genesis, Hellraiser: Revelations), the project now has the support of sales company Stealth Media Group with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves taking on an executive producer role with plans to start principal photography in the fall.
The project has been in development for a number of years with a website that offers more information on the project including the official synopsis:
“The first two-man mission to Venus is aborted in mid-flight and abruptly returns back to Earth. When rescue crews go to retrieve the space capsule, they make a startling discovery: The Captain is missing there is no sign of his body whatsoever and strangely enough, the lone surviving astronaut has no clue about what took place.
Beyond Apollo tells the riveting story of when that astronaut, Harry Evans, returns to earth and must answer to the authorities about what really happened on board the doomed flight to Venus. His mind-bending struggle to figure that out is a harrowing journey through the possibilities: Was the Captain murdered? Did he commit suicide? Or were alien beings responsible for his demise? The answer, as Evans will eventually discover, is far more terrifying than anything he could possibly imagine.”
They even have a planned tagline for the movie: “Some Worlds are Best Left Unexplored”
Grodner has been a music video director who will be making his feature film directorial debut with the film. You can see some of his previous work at his official website.