Variety is reporting that HBO is developing a series adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1987 novel Sphere, with Westworld executive producer Denise Thé attached to serve as showrunner, writer and executive producer.
Sphere takes us 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.
Crichton’s novel was previously adapted into a feature in 1998 by Warners Bros., which was directed by Barry Levinson and starred Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Liev Schreiber, Peter Coyote, Queen Latifah and Marga Gómez. The film received mostly negative reviews amongst the critics and earned over $73m worldwide with its $80m budget.
The series is being produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Film and Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s Team Downey, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producing alongside Thé are Nolan, Joy, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Athena Wickham and Amanda Burrell.