Marc Forster is attached to direct Red Rising, an adaptation of Pierce Brown's new novel that was published last month. The author wrote the screenplay adaptation himself, with Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Renee Wolf producing. Here's the official description of the novel, which is set on Mars.
"Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so."
The project is believed to be Marc Forster's next project, with two studios vying for the rights. Paramount is not expected to be in the mix, since neither the director nor studio want to work with each other following last year's World War Z, which was maligned with a number of production problems including a rewrite of the third act. Despite all the trouble, World War Z went on to gross $540 million worldwide, with a sequel already in the works for director Juan Antonio Bayona.