EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox is closing a deal for Theory Of Everything, a pitch for a sci-fi action thriller that follows a disgraced scientist as he seeks to rescue his wife from a parallel dimension — a woman who was previously assumed dead. The film will be produced by Oscar-winning American Beauty producer Dan Jinks. The idea was hatched by Dan Casey and Nick Nantell, the latter a senior veep of The Dan Jinks Co. Casey will write the script and Nantell will be co-producer, while Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri of Top Cow Comics are executive producers. Fox’s Mike Ireland is steering the project.

The way they fleshed out the project was intriguing: Casey wrote a comic book that was published as a one-off by Top Cow. That provided a strong template for the concept, which is grounded in string theory and quantum physics. Fox took it off the table preemptively. WME and Circle of Confusion rep the writer.