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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Warner Bros.’ Sci-Fi Thriller Ares

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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Warner Bros.’ Sci-Fi Thriller Ares

Robert Zemeckis will direct the Warner Bros. science fiction thriller.

According The Hollywood Reporter, legendary helmer Robert Zemeckis is in final talks with Warner Bros. to direct the science fiction thriller Ares. The Oscar winner is behind such hits as Forrest Gump, Back to the Future Trilogy, Cast Away and Flight. This will be his second major science fiction movie for Warners after the 1997 contact.

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Here are the synopses of Ares: The story tells about an astronaut whose space capsule crash lands in an African desert. As he rushes to reunite with his family, it is revealed that the mission was part of a larger conspiracy and that he may be carrying a secret that could forever change the world.

The original project, described as "gender bending", was written by Captain Marvel Geneva's registrar Robertson-Dworet and was originally created at MGM with Roland Emmerich and his production of Centropolis Entertainment. Emmerich will now be credited as executive producer. Zemeckis will also produce with ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke, alongside Rideback's Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, as well as Kristin Winkler and Aaron Boyd.

Zemeckis is currently in post production on his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches for Warners, and actor Anne Hathaway will hit the screen on October 9. He is also simultaneously developing a live-action version of Pinocchio for Disney, and it is unclear if this or Ares will shoot next.

His latest film was 2018 psychodramatic Steve Carell, Welcome to Marwen, which grossed $ 10 million at the national box office and 35% in rotten tomatoes.

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