Fox might have just gotten its own Jurassic Park. The studio has landed Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures. It’s a new book by the authors whose film-friendly past books include Bringing Down the House, which became the hit 21, and Accidental Billionaires, which became The Social Network. Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are going to produce, and they are locking a filmmaker shortly for what could be a potential big movie.
The deal was based on a partial manuscript and a pitch that is best described as part Jurassic Park, part Indiana Jones, in which a geneticist and his team of young Harvard scientists have set out to do the impossible: bring the woolly mammoth back from extinction, intending to populate a huge tract of the Siberian tundra (known as Pleistocene Park) as a hedge against a ticking time bomb that’s hidden deep within the permafrost.