Carl Sagan bio pic in development

News tidbit:

Warner Bros. is developing an untitled drama about the late astrophysicist Carl Sagan.

Lynda Obst and Ann Druyan are producing the film, which will be written by “Deadfall” scripter Zach Dean. Plot details are currently under wraps.

Source: Carl Sagan Movie in Works | Variety

Good news! Looking forward to it.

Dr. Sagan was a pioneer in science and in popularizing science, an important task he was often criticized for. He is a skeptical hero tackling topics of UFOs, aliens and the paranormal in his work.


  4 comments for “Carl Sagan bio pic in development

  1. drwfishesman
    August 21, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    I’m not one on celebrity, but Sagan literally changed and enriched my life. He challenged my young mind to look at the world in a completely different way than what my peers and adult influences did.

  2. MikeXeno
    August 24, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Dr. Carl Sagan was a great human being, no doubt; he inspired millions to learn and discover, showed everyone the relevance of science to their lives, and did this not just as a talking head but as one who actually made significant discoveries of his own in the field of planetary science.

    However, I must confess that I am concerned rather than excited about the prospect of a Hollywood biopic on his life. I would love to read a comprehensive biography of Carl Sagan, and a documentary about him could be outstanding. A Hollywood film, though… I don’t see how it could work. The thing is that while Dr. Sagan was a fascinating man who led an *interesting* life, he seems to have experienced little in the way of Hollywood-style drama. He didn’t overcome a debilitating disease or the kind of personal hardship that films well; he didn’t have a string of adulterous affairs, or contribute behind-the-scenes to a war effort, or clash in a big way with Authority. He was arrested twice for trespassing during nuclear protests, but that’s not really enough to carry a film.

    I’m worried that Hollywood will see fit to embellish and fictionalize Carl Sagan’s life to an extreme in order to “make it interesting” for audiences. The recent biopics about Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking both played a little loose with the facts (the one about Turing especially, perhaps because he wasn’t alive to object). One expects this sort of thing with a Hollywood biopic, but sometimes it can go too far.

    Recently, I watched “An Honest Liar”, a documentary about James Randi. It was intriguing, enjoyable, and it stayed close to the facts. Of course, Randi was alive at the time of filming (and still is), and that helps, but I think something like that could still be done with Dr. Sagan, and it’s a movie I’d be much more excited about seeing.

  3. August 24, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Well it does have his wife involved. But I sympathize with your concerns.

  4. September 2, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    The Tracking Board first reported the news. Carl Sagan biopic in development at Warner Bros.

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