Village Roadshow Pictures has optioned the novel Dust to be adapted to film. Given current climate events, it seems all-too timely for environmental horror. I, for one, am looking forward to a new wave of films that will remind us all that we humans are actively wrecking the planet.
Dust was first published over twenty years ago, but its premise feels current as heck:
A group of scientists, led by paleobiologist Richard Sinclair, are racing to save the world once they realize that a series of seemingly unrelated disasters — from mad cow disease infections and toxic algae blooms in the ocean to dust mites evolving into flesh-eating swarms while other insect species are dropping dead — are actually symptoms of an extinction cycle. Sinclair works with his team (and against anti-science mobs) to develop replacement insects and return balance to the world’s ecosystems.
The author, Charles Pellegrino, is a scientist himself, with loads of experiences to lend to his work (although not without controversy). He’s said to be the man behind the DNA-in-amber theory that we famously see in Jurassic Park (again, with some controversy), and has consulted on films such as Titanic and Avatar.
According to Deadline, the script will be penned by writers Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, who have most recently worked together on the 2019 comedy-horror Villains, starring Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe. Villains had its world premiere at SXSW earlier this year.
Stay tuned to Nightmare on Film Street for updates about this project. In the meantime, I’m going to borrow Dust from my local library and give it a read. How about you?
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