Legendary Entertainment is ready to take a five million year journey to Earth.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company is set to produce a film reboot the Quatermass series; a collection of BBC television serials from the 1950s. Written by Nigel Kneale, the series focused on Professor Bernard Quatermass, head of the British Experimental Rocket Group and a defender of the Earth against vicious and cunning alien menaces. Doctor Who would later co-opt the Quatermass premise for itself during the Doctor’s (Jon Pertwee) exile on Earth from 1970 to 1973.
Hammer Films remade the Quatermass serials as big screen features in the 1960s. The third serial, Quatermass and the Pit, may be the best known of the films in the U.S.; although it was initially released as Five Million Years to Earth.
Hammer will still be involved in the new production with The Night Manager‘s David Farr writing the script. No plot details have been released, but we’ll assume it will be based on the initial Quatermass story, The Quatermass Experiment, in which he tries to stop alien spores from eradicating mankind.