The next project from Oscar-winning Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis has been revealed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zemeckis is in “final negotiations” to direct Ares, a sci-fi thriller for Warner Bros.

The movie will be written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who most recently wrote the screenplay for the MCU movie Captain Marvel. She also penned the script for the 2018 Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander.

THR says the story of Ares is “genre-bending,” involving an astronaut who crash lands in the African desert. On his journey to find his family, he learns his mission was actually “part of a larger conspiracy and that he may be carrying a secret that could forever change the world.”

Ares is the second of Zemeckis’ high-profile projects currently in the works, the other being a live-action remake of Pinocchio. THR says it is unknown which project will go ahead first.

Zemeckis is staying with Warner Bros. for Ares, as he is currently in post-production on the Roald Dahl movie Witches movie for the studio starring Anne Hathaway.

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