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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It sounds like Stranger Things executive producer and director Shawn Levy almost has his next film lined up. According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has purchased the John J. Griffin spec script Crater. Levy is currently in talks to direct the flick, and is set to produce the film with Dan Levine.

While Crater isn’t the most revealing of titles, the actual premise of the film is actually incredibly intriguing. The film is being described as a coming of age story very much in the vein of Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me. Here’s the synopsis from the outlet:

“After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a mysterious crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.”

It doesn’t sound like they were kidding when they compared this to Stand By Me. While that film followed friends taking a trip along the railroad to see a mysterious dead body, this one almost seems to be a beat-for-beat sort of retelling, which isn’t a slight against it by any means.

Of course, that’s just the synopsis, and we’re sure there’ll be plenty of other twists and turns along the way that’ll help differentiate this one from Stand By Me.

Should Levy actually direct this film, it would be a great fit. The helmer has already proven with Stranger Things, as well as films like Real Steel, to be great at bringing believable performances out of kids.

What do you think of this news? Does Crater sound like a film worth checking out? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

  • Lenin1959

    In the crater, they will find the dead body of an alien. Everything else: see Stand By Me.

    I just hope this does not in any way interfere with Levy’s work on Stranger Things. Season 3 should be his most important project right now.

  • TheOct8pus

    So….Stranger Things in space?

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.