Ridley Scott will produce the adaptation of international best seller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Oscar-winning documentarian Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) will direct, set to explore how man became the planet’s dominant species.
Sapiens, by Israeli professor Yuval Noah Harari, has an expansive reach: charting the entire journey of human beings from prehistoric creatures to the present. “Nobody, least of all humans themselves,” he writes, “had any inkling that their descendants would one day walk on the moon, split the atom, fathom the genetic code and write history books.”
Given the scope of the material, the exact format for the adaptation is being kept open-ended, but a multiplatform event experience is imagined for the material. The development of the project is being supported by Wellcome.
The project will be a co-production between Scott Free Productions and On the Corner Films and executive produced for Scott Free by Jack Arbuthnott and David Zucker and for On the Corner by Kapadia and James Gay-Rees.
Find out more about the project over at the Hollywood Reporter.