Sphere series in development with Westworld producer

Sphere coverA television adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel, Sphere, is currently in the works at HBO to be helmed by Westworld executive producer Denise Thé.

According to a report by Variety, Thé will be serving as showrunner on this upcoming sci-fi series.

Sphere follows a group of scientists assembled to examine a spacecraft of unknown origin which has been discovered at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The sci-fi novel “plunges the audience one thousand feet into the ocean, where a group of scientists confronts the surreal, beautiful, and deadly mysteries of the universe, only to find the people closest to us may prove to be the most alien.”

The novel was published in 1987 and it was adapted into a 1998 film by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Stone, Peter Coyote, and Liev Schreiber.

The adaptation will be produced by Westworld (another adaptation of a Crichton novel) team Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Film as well as Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s Team Downey, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Nolan, Joy and Athena will serve as executive producers with Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Amanda Burrell.

Thé is best known for being serving as executive producer and writer on the third season of HBO’s Westworld as well as writing and producing on the series, Person of Interest (another Nolan project.) She was a consulting producer on the Batman prequel series Gotham and she also wrote for Medium, Cold Case, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Nolan, Joy, and Kilter are currently working on a series with Amazon based on the Fallout video game franchise. This project will be the second HBO collaboration with Team Downey after the Perry Mason reboot starring Matthew Rhys which concluded its first season earlier this month.

Watch this space for more updates on the Sphere series.