Peter Chelsom, whose next movie is the soul-searching comedic drama Hector and the Search for Happiness starring Simon Pegg, is in negotiations to direct Relativity Media's upcoming sci-fi adventure Out of this World.

Out of this World follows a young boy named Gardner, who grows up on Mars, raised by a group of scientists. As a teen, he retuns to Earth, where he travels across the United States with a female friend hoping to seek out his biological father.

If a deal comes together, Peter Chelsom will direct from a script provided by Allan Loeb, who's most recent work includes San Andreas starring Dwayne Johnson.

Ryan Kavanaugh, Richard Barton Lewis and Allan Loeb will serve as producers. Peter Chelsom is also known for directing Hannah Montana: The Movie and Shall We Dance?.

No production or casting details have been revealed.