Fox Lands Sci-Fi Disaster Script ‘Ascension’ for Matthew Vaughn
Because the world contains a finite number of graphic novels written by Mark Millar, and because everyone’s gotta eat, money-in-the-bank filmmaker Matthew Vaughn is in the process of striking a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct a new project based on a fresh script that the studio purchased extra-specially for him.
A new report from Deadline states that the studio was willing to write a check in the six-to-seven-figure range all for their golden boy Vaughn, and that its current title stands as the ominous Ascension. This marks the first non-adaptation project for the English director in a hot minute, following his successes with sleeper hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2011's X-Men: First Class, and the giddy, bloodthirsty Kick-Ass the year before.
Before we all excitedly click out of this article under the impression that the guy responsible for this little number has agreed to direct a biopic tracking Jesus Christ’s last days on the mortal plane, a few details about this still-crystallizing project: Fox sees Ascension as a “big sci-fi action disaster tentpole,” and the film centers on “a scientist who must save the world after gravity is erased from the Earth’s atmosphere.” As is the hallmark of any good movie concept, it lures us in and makes us want to know more. What happened to gravity? Where’d it go? Did someone kidnap it? Is the twist at the end that the scientist trying to save the world was schizophrenic all along and his other personality kidnapped gravity? All of these pressing concerns fall away in the face of the one big one, though: In a zero-G world, why would anyone want gravity back? Gravity is such a drag, literally. Floating around without a care in the world looks like a pretty good time, but pretty good times do not sci-fi action disaster tentpoles make.