Warner Bros. developing a Carl Sagan movie

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If there’s one person who deserves a great deal of credit for popularising science it’s Carl Sagan. The former professor of astronomy at Cornell University who passed away in 1996 was a prolific writer with hundreds of scientific papers, articles and books to his name; and the winner of numerous awards including the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

However he’s probably best known the general public for the 1980’s science series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he co-wrote and narrated, and for which he won two Emmy’s, a Peabody, and a Hugo Award, that went on to become one of the most-watched television series of all time. The show was recently updated and rebooted last year as Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with the excellent Neil deGrasse Tyson taking over from the late Sagan.

Now comes news (via Variety) that Warner Bros. are producing an as-yet untitled drama based on the famed astrophysicist, with a team intimately familiar with his life. Ann Druyan, who married Sagan in 1981 and worked as a writer on both Cosmos series (and as a producer on the second) as well as a writer and producer on the 1997 science fiction movie Contact (which was based on a Sagan novel), will team with Lynda Obst – a producer on Contact and far more recently, Interstellar. Zach Dean (Deadfall) will write the script.

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There are currently no details on the plot or on the direction the movie might take, but one thing is for certain – it’s got a lot to live up to. Carl Sagan’s work has inspired generations and he’s explained the mysteries of the Universe to millions of people across the globe and just maybe, one day in the far future, his messages on the Pioneer and Voyager space probes will reach much further.

Last Updated: August 19, 2015

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