Warner Bros. producing Carl Sagan biopic

Long before the beloved Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted the critically praised Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey last year, his idol, astrophysicist Carl Sagan, had the job. Sagan was the host of the original series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which, with his help, was meant to introduce science and space exploration into pop culture with the use of such entertaining elements as the ‘Ship of the Imagination’ and the ‘Cosmic Calendar’. Now, the influential scientist will be remembered in the upcoming biographical drama called Sagan from Warner Bros.

Lynda Obst and Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow, are among several producers of the film, which will be written by Deadfall scribe Zach Dean. Obst and Druyan helped Sagan co-produce the 1997 film Contact which was directed by Robert Zemeckis and starred Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. In fact, the movie was based on a novel written by Sagan. As well, Obst was a producer on last year’s lucrative Christopher Nolan film Intersteller. Druyan produced and wrote the modern version of Cosmos for which she won an Emmy for non-fiction writing.

Besides hosting the famous science show from the 1980s, Sagan was a strong supporter of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and spent much of his career exploring the possibility of life on other planets. Sagan was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson where the phrase ‘billions and billions’ was popularized. He also published more than 600 scientific papers and wrote books such as The Dragons of EdenBroca’s Brain and Pale Blue Dot. His many titles included astrophysicist, astronomer, cosmologist, astrobiologist, author and science communicator.

Source: The Tracking Board


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