EXCLUSIVE: Roland Emmerich is in early talks with Sony Pictures to direct an adaptation of the Blake Crouch bestseller Dark Matter. Matt Tolmach is producing the large-canvas project. Crouch, also the author of the Wayward Pines trilogy, has another hot property in Dark Matter, which was published to critical acclaim by Crown in July. The sci-fi thriller is about choices, paths not taken and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.


Sony and Tolmach have been high on Dark Matter since 2014, when it made a pre-emptive $1.25 million deal for the book based on Crouch’s 150-page partial manuscript. At the time, publishing rights for North America sold to Crown for more than $1 million.

Logline: Jason Dessen, a quantum physicist, once had a brilliant research career ahead of him. But after a girlfriend’s unexpected pregnancy and the birth of a son, this future was derailed. Now a professor at a small Chicago college with a warm and loving family life, the physicist is abducted into a world in which his quantum many-worlds theory has become a fully realized technology for inter-dimensional transfer. In the parallel world, he did not marry his girlfriend and they never had a son. He is determined to get back to his other life, but nefarious powers in the alternate reality conspire to stop him from revealing the criminal lengths they have gone to create the world-hopping technology.

Andrea Giannetti is overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures. CAA reps Emmerich.