Carl Sagan is joining the expanding list of male scientists to have their lives portrayed on the big screen. Warner Bros. are helming the biography co-produced by Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan, and Lynda Obst, producer of sci-fi mammoths Contact (1997) and Interstellar (2014). Druyan, a respected scientist in her own right, produced Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Journey and worked on the contemporary follow-up, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
Carl Sagan, an American astrophysicist, was a controversial member of the scientific community, often seen by his peers as aggrandising, he had numerous spats with the technology giant, Apple, and continually supported the use of marijuana. However, his documentary, Cosmos, made a wide range of scientific subjects accessible to the viewing public, and many of us can no longer stare up at the stars without hearing Sagan’s warm enigmatic voice echo “billions of billions“, a phrase now synonymous with the scientist. Few details are known about the project at this time, but with friends and family of Sagan creatively attached we can be sure the project will honour this champion of scientific reason and logic.