Captain Fantastic director, Matt Ross, has been confirmed to take the driving seat on a new sci-fi film, Tomorrow and Tomorrow an adaptation of Tom Sweterlitsch’s 2014 novel.

This new project will only be Ross’s third outing as a feature-length director. Last year he reaped a copious amount of praise after the release of the radiant Captain Fantastic, which starred an impressive turn from Viggo Mortensen, which he wrote and directed. Turning his hand in a completely different direction is an ambitious move, but one in which he is confident to show off his eclectic skills to a different type of audience.

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Matt Ross, on his new sci-fi project, said Tomorrow and Tomorrow is prescient, it posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed, where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us, I hope to examine, following the book’s lead, the degree to which our lives are enhanced, and deeply compromised, by the technology that is already an inseparable part of our daily existence.”

The book’s premise is as follows; set in a near future where a mysterious explosion has wiped out Pittsburgh. The city is then recreated in a virtual reality setting named the Archive. One man, already emotionally damaged due to losing his wife and child, discovers a murder victim who has not been recorded by the Archive and finds himself thrust into a mystery.

Matt Ross

Tomorrow and Tomorrow has been picked up by Tri-Star and already has Mark Gordon (War Dogs, Source Code) with Entertainment 360 and Lynette Howell Taylor (Captain Fantastic, The Place Beyond the Pines) acting as producers on the production.

Hannah Minghella speaking on behalf of Tri-Star said “The triumph of Captain Fantastic is that it is at once funny, emotional and thought provoking. It’s this ability to explore a thematic idea in a way that is both intelligent and entertaining that makes Matt such an exciting director for Tomorrow and Tomorrow.

Watch this space for updates on further news as production gets underway.