The Oscar-winning director of Forrest Gump is in advanced negotiations to helm the sci-fi project that was set up in recent months at Warner Bros. Zemeckis would be working off the original script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who co-wrote Captain Marvel.
Ares follows an astronaut who survives his space capsule’s crash landing in an African desert but begins to suspect his mission was in service of a conspiracy that hides a a secret with world-changing ramifications.
Zemeckis will produce along with Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey, his partners at ImageMovers. Also producing are Dan Lin & Jonathan Eirich through Rideback and Kristin Winkler. Roland Emmerich, who attempted to produce the project at MGM, will be executive producing through his Centropolis Entertainment shingle.