Edgar Wright’s ‘Collider’ Gets a New, Non-Collider Writer

     August 11, 2015


The Collider movie is still alive, folks! Okay so it’s not exactly a “Collider movie” so much as it’s a movie that happens to be titled Collider, but it’s an exciting project nonetheless, and some movement is taking place. Back in July 2012, the formidable filmmaking team of Edgar Wright, J.J. Abrams, and Mark Protosevich came together to begin developing a secretive sci-fi film for Paramount called Collider. Wright is still attached to direct, Abrams is producing through Bad Robot, and Protosevich—whose credits also include I Am Legend and Spike Lee’s Oldboy—wrote the screenplay.

Now, three years later, Deadline reports that Paramount has enlisted Mark L. Smith to write the next draft of the film. Smith co-write Alejadro G. Inarritu’s fantastic-looking new film The Revenant, is currently rewriting the video game adaptation Ghost Recon at Warner Bros., and also penned Leondaro DiCaprio’s in-development Viking movie Norse.


Image via Focus Features

While Collider is still very much in development, it’s encouraging to know that Wright remains attached. The filmmaker told us in 2013 that Collider was a story idea that he came up with, but didn’t have enough time to write himself:

“It’s a kind of movie I haven’t seen for a long time. There’s a particular kind of sci-fi film that I feel has been missing from our screens for a while.”

Wright’s one of the most talented and imaginative filmmakers working today, so assuming Smith’s rewrite comes together (with Wright still onboard), I’m very much looking forward to seeing what this entails—and not just because the movie is called Collider.

Currently Wright is prepping his next film Baby Driver, which is an original story (hooray!) starring Ansel Elgort as a mute getaway driver with a condition that forces him to constantly listen to music in order to drown out the ringing in his ears. Lily James (Cinderella) co-stars, Paramount has set the film for release on March 17, 2017, and I’d like to buy my ticket now please.


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