Things are getting a little dark for Robert Zemeckis these days.

According to Variety, Zemeckis is attached to direct an adaptation of Kat Falls' yet-to-be-released young adult novel 'Dark Life', about a crew of people forced to live underwater after rising ocean levels and a series of natural catastrophes ravage the earth.

The storyline is set in the near future, and follows an underwater teen boy who joins forces with a landlocked girl to uncover a government conspiracy.

Though the book's publisher, Scholastic, has yet to release the book (it hits shelves in May), Disney, who bought the rights to the story, hopes it sets the stage for future sequels. Things are getting a little dark for Robert Zemeckis these days.

According to Variety, Zemeckis is attached to direct an adaptation of Kat Falls' yet-to-be-released young-adult novel 'Dark Life,' about a crew of people forced to live underwater after rising ocean levels and a series of natural catastrophes ravage the Earth.

The storyline is set in the near future, and follows an underwater teen boy who joins forces with a landlocked girl to uncover a government conspiracy.

Though the book's publisher, Scholastic, has yet to release the book (it hits shelves in May), Disney, who bought the rights to the story, hopes it sets the stage for future sequels.

The project seems the perfect fit for Zemeckis, who since 2004's 'The Polar Express' has pushed the limits of motion-capture, digital animation.

Whether he'll use that process for 'Dark Life' -- or create a live-action/digital hybrid, like James Cameron did with 'Avatar' -- remains to be seen. To cut costs, Disney recently announced plans to close Zemeckis' studio, ImageMovers Digital, by the end of the year. The studio was responsible for such films as 'Beowulf' and last year's 'A Christmas Carol,' and has 'Mars Need Moms' coming out in 2011.

Zemeckis was most recently the producer for his wife Leslie's 'Behind the Burly Q,' a live-action documentary about the history of burlesque houses. It hits theaters in April.





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