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Bill Pullman and Scott Speedman Going ‘Beyond Apollo’

Bill Pullman, Beyond Apollo
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If you’re looking for a great science fiction story, look to the 1970s. No decade has ever been more full of incredible sci-fi and for every Phillip K. Dick book that’s been optioned, there are a couple dozen great reads just waiting for the Hollywood treatment. Now, the controversial 1972 novel ‘Beyond Apollo‘ is heading for the big screen, with Bill Pullman and Scott Speedman leading the cast.

The adaptation is the passion project of music video director Michael Grodner, who had been trying to get the film off the ground for years. The film’s extremely cool website, which has been online for years as part of Grodner’s attempt to raise funding, has this synopsis:

“The first two-man mission to Venus is aborted in mid-flight and abruptly returns back to Earth. When rescue crews go to retrieve the space capsule, they make a startling discovery: The Captain is missing – there is no sign of his body whatsoever – and strangely enough, the lone surviving astronaut has no clue about what took place.

Beyond Apollo tells the riveting story of when that astronaut, Harry Evans, returns to earth and must answer to the authorities about what really happened on board the doomed flight to Venus. His mind-bending struggle to figure that out is a harrowing journey through the possibilities: Was the Captain murdered? Did he commit suicide? Or were alien beings responsible for his demise? The answer, as Evans will eventually discover, is far more terrifying than anything he could possibly imagine.”

‘Beyond Apollo’ officially secured funding at Cannes, where ‘Cloverfield’ and ‘Let Me In’ director Matt Reeves signed on as an executive producer. That long-lasting website has even done some of the future marketing team’s job for them by providing a catchy tagline: “Some worlds are best left unexplored.

Barry N. Malzberg’s original novel was divisive amongst science fiction fans upon its initial release. Sci-fi writer Bob Shaw called it “the epitome of everything that’s wrong” with science fiction while Harlan Ellison had nothing but praise. It’s definitely too early to tell if the film will stay true to what made the novel so memorable (for better or worse), but considering Grodner’s passion for this project, we think sci-fi fans are allowed to have high expectations.

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