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Bong Joon-ho to Direct Robert Pattinson in “Mickey7” Adaptation

Sounds like director Bong Joon-ho is in talks to direct Robert Pattinson in an adaptation of “Mickey7.” The Academy Award-winning director will take on the sci-fi tale about an expendable clone. The novel which it’s based on is set to come out this year. It sounds a bit like “The Martian” meets “Moon,” and we’re here for it.

Robert Pattinson, “The Batman” WB

The novel is by Edward Ashton. Mickey7 (the clone to likely be played by Pattinson) is presumed dead. Therefore a new version is grown (Mickey8). However, it turns out Mickey7 is alive and kicking, and returns to base only to be confronted with his replacement.

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The Book:

Mikey7, Amazon

“The Martian meets Dark Matter in Edward Ashton’s high concept science fiction thriller, in which Mickey7, an “expendable,” refuses to let his replacement clone Mickey8 take his place.

Dying isn’t any fun…but at least it’s a living.

Mickey7 is an Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. Whenever there’s a mission that’s too dangerous―even suicidal―the crew turns to Mickey. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact. After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal…and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it.

On a fairly routine scouting mission, Mickey7 goes missing and is presumed dead. By the time he returns to the colony base, surprisingly helped back by native life, Mickey7’s fate has been sealed. There’s a new clone, Mickey8, reporting for Expendable duties. The idea of duplicate Expendables is universally loathed, and if caught, they will likely be thrown into the recycler for protein.

Mickey7 must keep his double a secret from the rest of the colony. Meanwhile, life on Niflheim is getting worse. The atmosphere is unsuitable for humans, food is in short supply, and terraforming is going poorly. The native species are growing curious about their new neighbors, and that curiosity has Commander Marshall very afraid. Ultimately, the survival of both lifeforms will come down to Mickey7.

That is, if he can just keep from dying for good.”

Director Bong’s most recent film“Parasite” became the first non-English language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. He also nabbed Directing, Original Screenplay, and International Feature Oscars that year. “Parasite” has a limited HBO series in development from Bong and Adam McKay. 

“Mickey7” the novel is set to come out February 15, 2022. You can pre-order it on Amazon here. Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the rights back in April of 2020. Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Garnder’s Plan B is producing. Plan B also produced Bong’s Okjawhich is on Netflix.

Pattison will next star as Bruce Wayne in The Batman,” which is currently scheduled to come out March 4, 2022.

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