I hate to come across as hyperbolic from a mere plot description. I really do. The thing is, I spend an awful lot of time reading about sci-fi movie news, about all film's major and minor in the production pipeline. Accordingly I tend to get excited from time to time about certain announcements, be they directorial attachments or mere concepts. That said, Andrew Niccol's I'm Mortal just rocketed to the top of my Please, Please, Please Let This Movie Be Made list. Read Heat Vision's plot synopsis and you'll know why:

"The story is set in the not-too-distant future where the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. The protagonist is a poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as 'time keepers.'"

High concept science fiction from Andrew Niccol, writer of The Truman Show and director of Lord of War, S1mone and Gattaca? The dotted line, it cannot be signed enough.

Unfortunately, as of right now New Regency and Strike Entertainment are merely in negotiations with Niccol for the right to produce his script. But that ambiguity doesn't even have a worrywart like me biting their nails. I have little doubt it'll be snapped right up considering, as Heat Vision wisely point out, the never-aging concept of I'm Mortal would allow for a cast of fresh-faced 25-year olds. That's studio bait right there. And if that's what it takes for idea-based sci-fi to join popcorn spectacles like Transformers on the big screen, I'm all for it.

CATEGORIES Movies, Sci-Fi