Given the $2.7 billion worldwide total hauled in by "Avatar," it's hardly surprising that 20th Century Fox is looking to stay in the sci-fi game. There's no question that James Cameron and Sam Worthington will return to the lush jungles of Pandora at some point, it's just a matter of when. In the meantime, Fox is looking to keep its sci-fi cred alive with a different project entirely—a project called "Ion."
According to Heat Vision, the movie studio has its eye on "Ion," a science fiction romance epic with "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and "Dear John" actor Channing Tatum loosely attached to star. Newcomer Will Dunn wrote the original spec script with Ridley and Tony Scott attached to produce. Several other studios in addition to Fox are vying for the project, though Fox is supposedly the lead contender.
"Ion" focuses on a man (Tatum) who goes around traveling "to different Earths and dimensions in order to find his reincarnated lover," according to Heat Vision. "Execs are using the magic word – 'Avatar' – to describe the scope and otherworldly elements of the script."
Story-wise, "Ion" sounds less like "Avatar" and more like a science fiction version of Hawkman, the DC Comics hero who is constantly resurrected alongside his reincarnated time-crossed lover. It's also got notes of "The Time Traveler's Wife," though one would imagine this story has a little bit more action than the Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams-starring love story based on the "Avatar" comparison.
It also sounds like a project that's right up Tatum's alley. He's earning himself a reputation as an action hero, but he's also well established in the romantic arena thanks to "Dear John." With "Ion," he's essentially cracking into both of these sensibilities.
Truthfully, there isn't much about "Ion" that electrifies me right off the bat, but if there's one thing I'm certain of, it's that Hollywood is on a hot streak when it comes to science fiction. "Ion" might not be an Oscar-caliber project when all's said and done, but I'm more than open to the arrival of another new, original sci-fi flick. Let's see how this one pans out, shall we?
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