Blake Crouch has a hold on the sci-fi community, so it’s not surprising to see multiple works of his being brought to the screen, and it looks like the Dark Matter adaptation is going to be the first one to be released.
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This page was updated: 2/9/24
About The Book:
Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.
“Are you happy with your life?”
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible. Is it this world or the other that’s the dream?
And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
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Current Production Status:
Post-production as of April 2023, scheduled for release May 2024.
Dark Matter Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in July 2016.
Before the novel was released, when it was still just a partial manuscript, Sony Pictures was in talks to pre-empt the rights.
It was announced in December 2020 that Apple TV+ was developing a series based on the book, with Blake Crouch heavily involved in the project. In March it was officially greenlit and production began on a nine-episode series. Blake Crouch had written all of the scripts and would be acting as showrunner. Joel Edgerton joined the series as both the lead role and an executive producer.
September 2022 the rest of the cast was announced and production began the next month in Chicago. Filming for the series wrapped in April 2023 and the project moved into post-production.
In February 2024 first-look photography was released along with an announcement of a May 8th release date on AppleTV+.
Who Owns The Rights:
Apple TV and Sony Pictures are producing the series with distribution set for Apple TV+.
Who Is Attached:
Joel Edgerton was the first actor attached with Jennifer Connelly, Alice Braga, Jimmi Simpson, Oakes Fegley and Dayo Okeniyi all joining the cast a few months later. Amanda Brugel was also brought on in a recurring role.
Filming for the Dark Matter adaptation is occurring in Chicago.
The series is set for a release date of May 8th on AppleTV+.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book has not previously been mentioned on Alison in Libraryland.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
Netflix currently has the rights to a ‘Recursion’ adaptation, led by Shonda Rhimes, although no updates have been given since the project was first announced.
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