David Heyman has been searching for the next great adaptation. He’s already got a Paddington Bear project, a feature version of the short sci-fi film True Skin, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and adaptations of The Light between Oceans and The Odyssey. Heyman’s latest acquisition for Warner Bros. is the 1962 post-apocalyptic thriller The Drowned World, from author J.G. Ballard.
Deadline reports that Heyman will produce The Drowned World along with Jeffrey Clifford; WB’s Jon Berg will oversee. The producers are eager to secure a writer.
When London is lost beneath the rising tides, unconscious desires rush to the surface in this apocalyptic tale from the author of Crash and Cocaine Nights. Set in the near future, the ice caps have melted and the planet basks in an unendurable heat. London is a primordial swamp; lush tropical vegetation grows up the walls of the Ritz and there are unconfirmed sightings of primeval reptiles swimming through the newly-formed lagoons. Some flee the capital; others embark on harebrained schemes to drain the submerged streets in search of treasure. But Dr Robert Kerans has come to accept this submarine city and finds himself strangely resistant to the idea of saving it…