Directed by Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) and written by screenwriter Allan Loeb (Here Comes the Boom), the forthcoming science-fiction romantic drama The Space Between Us has been in the making for some time now. After initial reports were released pertaining to its development back in 2014 (with such acclaimed directors as Tim Burton, Danny Boyle, and Gareth Edwards initially attached), Chelsom eventually secured the rights to overseeing the forthcoming production with lead actors Gary Oldman (Criminal), Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game), Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), and Carla Gugino (San Andreas) cast in the film's lead and supporting roles.
Featuring a narrative wherein a young boy named Gardner Eliot (Butterfield) is born and raised on Mars in tandem with the first mission to colonize the heretofore inhospitable alien planet, The Space Between Us is about how Gardner spends 16 years in isolation with only 14 live human beings of close personal acquaintance. But after striking up a relationship online with a young Colorado earthling girl named Tulsa (Robertson), Gardner soon find himself embarking on a journey across time and space in search of where he belongs in the universe.
As seen in the first official trailer for The Space Between Us (see above), interstellar travel is given the full romantic drama treatment as Butterfield's Martian protagonist embarks on a whirlwind sci-fi odyssey to find love, self-acceptance, and his biological father. Unfortunately for Gardner, he soon discovers that his organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere after 16 years spent on an alien plant, though that doesn't stop him from reaching out across the vast reaches of the universe to explore the space between.
Check out the official plot synopsis for The Space Between Us below:
"In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe."
After last year's similarly themed The Martian from director Ridley Scott and lead actor Matt Damon, it remains to be seen how receptive general audiences will be when greeted by yet another narrative featuring a human Martian seeking to be brought back home to Earth. Then again, perhaps Chelsom's solid track record as a director of big budget romantic fare will result in The Space Between Us being an interstellar love story that will surprise even the most jaded moviegoer.
Boosted by the likes of Oldman and Gugino in key supporting roles, Butterfield and Robertson might just be able to pull off a believable and cosmic chemistry that might just result in The Space Between Us living up to the hyperbole of its title. Until the film's official theatrical release this August, sci-fi fans and romance devotees will just have to wait and see how capably Chelsom's latest feature turns out.
The Space Between Us will see theatrical release in the U.S. on August 19th, 2016.
Source: STX Entertainment