Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi label DUSTannounced today that they are developing ‘Moreau,’ a sci-fi TV series that puts a modern spin on the classic novel, ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau,’ by H.G. Wells.Zack Stentz (‘X-Men: First Class, Thor, Rim Of The World,’ ‘Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous,’ ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’) is attached to write the series.
“The double helix wasn’t even a twinkle in Watson & Crick’s eye when H.G. Wells first wrote ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’, but his 1896 novel proved astonishingly prescient about how unlocking the secrets of DNA would open the door to humanity playing God with the natural world in strange and frightening ways,” said Stentz. “And now, in the shadow of the CRISPR revolution, it felt like the perfect time to revisit Moreau and bring it into our own 21st Century world of transgenic animals, designer babies and other scientific advances Wells never could have dreamed of. I’m delighted to be working with Eric, Geoff & the Gunpowder & Sky team to welcome a whole new generation to the good doctor’s terrifying island.”
‘Moreau’ focuses on world-renowned scientist Dr. Jessica Moreau, whose pioneering work in genetic engineering catches the eye of a billionaire backer willing to stop at nothing to reach the next step of human evolution.
“Zack took a time-honored classic and brought it into the 21st century,” said Eric Bromberg, SVP, Gunpowder & Sky. “Together, we’re creating a story that’s scarily befitting of today’s world, filled with seemingly limitless, and oftentimes alarming, scientific advancements. Frankenstein and Doudna have nothing on Jessica Moreau.”
Stentz is repped by Circle of Confusion, a leading management and production company that partnered with Gunpowder & Sky in April to develop and produce feature films and series that are sourced from writers, directors and producers who have had their work released on DUST or ALTER, Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi and horror brands, respectively.
“This series gives us a chance to work with Zack, one of the most prolific writers in the business,” said Geoffrey James Clark, Executive Producer, Gunpowder & Sky. “We couldn’t have genetically engineered a better writer for this project and can’t wait to take sci-fi fans on a wild ride with Zack driving.”
This news comes on the heels of a series of announcements from Gunpowder & Sky.
Recently, Gunpowder & Sky’s DUST announced that they teamed up with ‘John Wick’ creator Derek Kolstad, John Davis (Predator), and Black Label Media (Sicario, La La Land) on ‘Time Agent,’ a high-octane time travel feature film.
In September, DUST announced that they have partnered with legendary filmmaker, Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World, Into The Inferno, Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds) and his son, Rudolph Herzog (How to Fake a War, The Heist) to produce ‘Last Exit: Space,’ a new, out-of-this-world documentary exploring mankind’s push to colonize space.