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"Gattaca" director back with sci-fi fable

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Gattaca” writer/director Andrew Niccol is working on his next sci-fi movie.

Fox-based producer New Regency is in negotiations to pick up “I’m Mortal,” the latest entry in a genre that uses one big idea to reflect on societal issues. Examples range from last year’s “District 9” to “Children of Men.”

Niccol’s project is set in the not-too-distant future where the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality.

The protagonist is a poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as “time keepers.”

Niccol’s oeuvre is dotted with such provocative work, including “Gattaca,” “The Truman Show” and “S1mOne,” and insiders say the project, with shades of a grounded “Logan’s Run,” could be Niccol’s most commercial work yet. He has kept a low profile since directing Nicolas Cage in the 2005 arms satire “Lord of War.”

The script is one of the hot projects for the under-25 set because every character looks young. (The scenario makes it so that onscreen, adults such as parents appear to be the same age as their kids.) Niccol is currently ensconced in meetings with a deep pool of candidates, eyeing a summer start in L.A..