Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson are taking on the lead roles in an untitled science-fiction romance.
Based on a short story by Richard Lewis, Stewart Schill and Allan Loeb, the project will also star Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino, reports Deadline.
Set at a time when planetary colonization has begun, the film will follow the first child born on Mars (Butterfield) as he begins an online romance with a girl in the US (Robertson). He plans to escape the secret colony he lives in to travel to Earth and meet her, but Earth’s gravity turns out to threaten his life. The lovers have no choice but to locate the billionaire who funded Martian colonization to gather information about the boy’s dead mother and the circumstances surrounding his birth.
Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) will direct a script written by Loeb, while Loeb will also executive produce alongside Steven Pearl and Doug Urbanski. Filming will begin this autumn and is due for release in 2016.
Butterfield will next be seen in drama Ten Thousand Saints, which follows teenage singer-songwriter Jude as he moves in with his deadbeat dad (Ethan Hawke).
Via Digital Spy