HBO adapts another Michel Crichton novel to the small screen. Deadline reports that the prolific author’s Sphere is now getting the treatment by Westworld writer and producer Denice Thé.
This is the second time that Sphere is being adapted into the screen. In 1998, it was released as a movie featuring Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Stone, Liev Schreiber, and Peter Coyote. However, it was not very successful, both financially and critically.
The story follows a team of scientists sent by the U.S. Navy to explore a spacecraft found in the bottom of the ocean. Once they enter the ship, they discover that it is not an alien ship but a ship from the future that lay on the ocean floor for hundreds of years. They also discover a mysterious sphere, and after one of them enters it, they encounter what seems to be an alien entity named Jerry. The entity seems to manifest their most primal fears.
Thé will be the series showrunner. He is working with Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s Kilter Films, as well as Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey and Warner Bros. Television for the project.