"World Without Us" to be adapted as sci-fi film

Thu Apr 2, 2009 1:10am EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The World Without Us," Alan Weisman's nonfiction hypothetical book about the earth's environment, is on its way to becoming a high-profile movie.

20th Century Fox has acquired film rights to the book, a best-seller and critical favorite. Its premise is life on Earth if humans were suddenly to disappear. Weisman explores how edifices and houses would deteriorate, which man-made objects would last, the environmental impact of nuclear waste and other pollutants and how nature would spread over built environments.

Fox does not aim to make a documentary but rather a fictional feature buttressed by the book's science. It would, for example, show an event that would lead to man's disappearance.

Mark Protosevich will write the script, and Francis Lawrence will direct. They tackled similar material with the sci-fi monster movie "I Am Legend," which featured Will Smith as the only man left in post-apocalyptic New York.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

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