Back in 2008 — in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the first experiments with the Large Hadron Collider — scientists and CERN withstood strong opposition, lawsuits, and death threats from a small, but vocal group of people who thought that the use of the Collider could create a black hole that would suck the world into it and end our very existence. Now, those people are about to get a movie, well, sort of.
J.J. Abrams is set to produce a micro-budgeted sci-fi epic from the pen (or keyboard) of Oren Uziel, whose sole competed credit is the direct-to-DVD, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. Abrams is not expected to direct the film, which is presently titled, The God Particle and setup at Paramount. So, what’s it all about? Vulture describes the film like so:
“Based on the after effects of a physics experiment with a large hadron accelerator that causes the Earth to vanish completely, the terrified crew of an orbiting American space station is left floating in the middle of now-even-more-empty space. When a European spacecraft appears on their radar, the Americans must determine whether it’s their salvation, or a harbinger of doom.”
This all sounds quite epic, more than a bit bleak, and right up Abrams’ alley, but with an estimated budget in the $5 million neighborhood, I have to wonder if this will actually be found footage (like the awful Apollo 18, but also, hopefully not), or find another way to maximize it’s small budget and carve out a place among the stars of low budget, sci-fi new-classics like Moon.
Sci-fi and micro budgets have had a tense courtship in the CG age due to the authenticity we, as viewers, demand and the cost of that authenticity — but with that said, it’s good to see someone like Abrams not rest on his Trek laurels and actually push the envelope.