The Batman director Matt Reeves and TV powerhouse Shonda Rhimes are teaming up to produce the sci-fi movie Recursion for Netflix. The streaming giant is also developing a TV series based on the on the upcoming book written by Blake Crouch, which will be published June 11, 2019.
Recursion the book is described as both a relentless sci-fi thriller with the world on the line and an intricate police procedural. It revolves around a brilliant scientist who invents a powerful technology that allows people not just to reactivate their most visceral memories, but to reinvent them entirely. For some, it’s a chance to rewrite their entire lives. For others, it’s a weapon.
Rhimes, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal who signed an exclusive development deal with Netflix last year, said of the adaptation:
“Projects like this are why I came to Netflix. The opportunity to explore a multi-genre universe in innovative ways is extremely exciting. Matt and Blake both have the tremendous ability to build compelling characters and imaginative landscapes and I am thrilled to work alongside them”.
Reeves added: “Netflix is uniquely suited for this ambitious undertaking and I can’t imagine a more exciting partner than the astonishingly talented Shonda Rhimes whose work I have admired for years”.
Author Crouch already has experience with his work being adapted for the screen, as he’s also the author of the best-selling book series Wayward Pines, which was adapted into the popular series of the same name in 2015. His novella Good Behaviour was also turned into a TV series.
It’s unclear as of now how Netflix is going to handle two separate pieces of content based on the same novel. The book certainly sounds like it has all the potential in the world to be a great film adaptation – no word yet on whether Reeves also has plans to direct – but it’s interesting that they’re also planning to expand it into a longer series.
It’s not surprising, considering that TV series have been where Netflix have thoroughly succeeded, but it will be worth tracking just to see how the same novel is adapted twice for the same platform.