Having already been to Panem’s Capitol (with Catching Fire and both Mockingjay films) and the depths of hell (with Constantine), director Francis Lawrence is now headed to space. Deadline reports that Lawrence has signed on to direct Stalag-X, an adaptation of the 2018 graphic novel written by Kevin J. Anderson and Steven L. Sears, which tells the story of a man tortured by an alien that seeks to understand humanity.
The book’s summary reads:
Joe Human―is taken to a harsh P.O.W. camp on a distant planet where he will be examined, tortured, and forced to endure experiments that rip into his very mind, as the alien Krael seek to answer the question: What is human? A question that, in their hellish situation, the prisoners are finding harder to answer.
Joy Wilkinson, who wrote the Doctor Who episode “The Witchfinders,” is adapting the book for the screen. Stalag-X‘s authors also both have their own TV credits; Sears was a writer and producer on Xena: Warrior Princess, among other shows, and Andersen, who has written in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, is co-producing the upcoming Dune: Sisterhood.
Sears shared his enthusiasm for Lawrence’s involvement on Twitter:
Annnnd… boom. Kevin J. Anderson @TheKJA and I found the best possible home for our graphic novel, STALAG-X.
— Steven L. Sears (@FSUWriter) March 17, 2022
No production schedule or cast has been announced.