Platinum Studios (Cowboys & Aliens, Dead of Night ) has brought on John Moore (The Omen, Max Payne) to direct a big-screen adaptation of their still yet to be released graphic novel Final Orbit. The novel was originally slated for an early 2009 release by Platinum Studios Comics.
Final Orbit tells the story of some lottery winners who are vacationing on the International Space Station but when it is damaged, the vacation becomes a nightmare, trapping the tourists alone in a crippled module with no astronauts to help them.
Phillip de Blasi and Byron Willinger will adapt the sci-fi thriller, and Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator series, Aliens, The Incredible Hulk) is producing.
Hurd had also been quoted as saying:
[Final Orbit] all of the classic cat-and-mouse, edge-of-your-seat elements to be a fantastic white-knuckle thriller.
Any other story details are being kept under wraps. There's definitely tinges of Sunshine and Wall-E minus the post apocalyptic or environmental elements. What could sky-rocket the budget of this film, is we see from the early comic sketches for the graphic novel at ComicSpace, there is no "artificial-gravity" a la Star Trek, Star Wars, etc., but more of the realistic depiction of the zero-gravity space travel, a la Apollo 13. But maybe they'll be using green screen and wires, instead of the route Ron Howard took, which had the cast and crew flying "between 500 and 600 parabolic arcs in NASA's KC-135 airplane (nicknamed the "Vomit Comet") to achieve real weightlessness. Each of the arcs got them 23 seconds of zero gravity."
What do you think of John Moore directing FINAL ORBIT?