Matt Ross, the director of the acclaimed drama Captain Fantastic, has come aboard to helm Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Tri-Star’s adaptation of the 2014 sci-fi novel by Tom Sweterlitsch.
Mark Gordon is producing with Entertainment 360 and Lynette Howell Taylor.
The book is set in a near future where a mysterious explosion has wiped out Pittsburgh. The city is then recreated in a virtual reality setting named the Archive. One man, already emotionally damaged due to losing his wife and child, discovers a murder victim who has not been recorded by the Archive and finds himself thrust into a mystery.
The book was praised for tapping into relevant societal and technological themes.
"Tomorrow and Tomorrow is prescient, it posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed, where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us,” Ross said Thursday in a statement. “I hope to examine, following the book's lead, the degree to which our lives are enhanced, and deeply compromised, by the technology that is already an inseparable part of our daily existence."
Said Tri-Star’s Hannah Minghella: “The triumph of Captain Fantastic is that it is at once funny, emotional and thought provoking. It's this ability to explore a thematic idea in a way that is both intelligent and entertaining that makes Matt such an exciting director for Tomorrow and Tomorrow. As a futuristic crime thriller, the book uses the near future to reflect on timely questions about our world today and how virtual reality impacts actual reality. It’s Matt's interest in exploring the complex intersection of technology with morality and love that makes his vision for Tomorrow and Tomorrow especially compelling."
Ross is an actor (Silicon Valley and Magic City are among his credits) who made a splash on the directing scene with Captain Fantastic, the family drama that starred Viggo Mortensen and earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor. Howell Taylor is an indie producer who produced Fantastic and is in now in prep for the remake of A Star is Born, which will star Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
Gordon’s credits range from Speed to Tomb Raider to Saving Private Ryan. He currently is producing an all-star update of Murder on the Orient Express as well as Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, Molly's Game.
Ross is repped by WME. Sweterlitsch is repped by WME, RWSG and The Gernert Company.