Kathryn Bigelow To Direct Adaptation Of David Koepp Novel ‘Aurora’ For Netflix

It looks like Kathryn Bigelow has found her next movie. The Oscar-winning director has signed on to helm an adaptation of David Koepp‘s upcoming novel Aurora for Netflix. The streamer just landed the rights to the project, which Greg Shapiro and Gavin Polone will produce. Koepp will adapt the script himself.

The novel follows the events of a solar storm that knocks out most of humanity’s power grids. The story focuses on the personal story of a divorced mother who must now do everything she can to protect her teenaged son as well as her estranged brother, a wealthy Silicon Valley CEO who has built a luxurious bunker in the desert for just such a disaster.

The book will be published in June. It will be Koepp’s second novel after his 2019 sci-fi thriller Cold Storage. He’s best known for his long and successful screenwriting career, penning such films as Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Panic Room, Spider-Man, and most recently, Steven Soderbergh‘s HBO Max tech thriller KIMI.

Bigelow became the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director for 2008’s The Hurt Locker, which also won Best Picture. Her latest film was 2017’s Detroit, her third collaboration in a row with writer Mark Boal after Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. So working with Koepp likely signals a shift for Bigelow, and it will be exciting to see them collaborate.

Other book adaptations in the works at Netflix include Anthony Doerr‘s 2014 novel All The Light We Cannot See being turned into a limited series with Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie, Dakota Johnson starring in a film version of Jane Austen‘s Persuasion, and Meg Ryan directing an adaptation of Sally Franson‘s novel A Lady’s Guide To Selling Out.


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