Fox has acquired film rights to Alan Weisman's environmental nonfiction book "The World Without Us," with the intent of turning it into a tentpole feature for Mark Protosevich to write and Francis Lawrence to direct.
The book, a best-seller and a critical favorite, took on the idea of life on Earth if humans were suddenly to disappear.
Fox is not aiming to make a documentary but rather a fictional feature buttressed by the book's science. It would, for example, show an event that would lead to man's disappearance.
The plan is for Protosevich to tackle "Without Us" before working on Universal/DreamWorks' "Old Boy" remake, which has Smith attached to star and Steven Spielberg attached to direct.