Fox Searchlight Lands Hot Spec ‘Pale Blue Dot’ With Reese Witherspoon Attached (EXCLUSIVE)

Reese Witherspoon Palm Springs Film Festival
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After conquering the wilderness together, Fox Searchlight and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up again as the studio has acquired the original spec script “Pale Blue Dot” with Witherspoon attached to star.

Written by Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi, who penned the Black List spec “Uncle Shelby,” the story follows a successful female astronaut who, after coming back home from a mission in space, starts to unravel when confronted by her seemingly perfect American dream life.

The story explores the theory that astronauts who spend long periods of time staring at the Earth from space begin to lose their sense of reality when they return home.

Witherspoon will produce along with her producing partner Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard production banner. Brown and DiGuiseppi are exec producing.

Claudia Lewis, David Greenbaum and Taylor Friedman are overseeing for Searchlight.

Witherspoon received a best actress nomination for her performance in “Wild.”

Witherspoon is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller. She can currently be seen opposite Sofia Vergara in New Line’s “Hot Pursuit.”

Brown and DiGuiseppi  are repped by CAA, Dianne Fraser of Industry Entertainment and attorneys Patti Felker and Chris Abramson.

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  1. Bill Daneke says:

    Is the movie somehow linked to Carl Sagan’ s “Pale Blue Dot”? I hope so!

  2. This sounds fascinating, especially considering that spaceflight may soon become commonplace (SpaceX, Virgin Galactic). Witherspoon seems an unlikely choice. Emily Blunt may have been better. Still, Witherspoon is quite talented. It’ll be interesting to see how she fares in this.

  3. Ken says:

    I could imagine that some long-term human travellers in the daunting infinite reaches of Space might, psychologically and theoretically, have a changed perspective/emotional connection to Mother Earth after they return. This movie sounds most intriguing. “Pale Blue Dot” is a perfect title.

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  5. George Clowney says:

    I’m sure all of the past astronauts, both male and female, will be very pleased with this “theory” totally unsupported by facts that they are all insane.

    • Bill Daneke says:

      Our astronauts have not traveled beyond the orbit of earth and have therefore not experienced seeing the earth as a “pale blue dot” as described by Carl Sagan. I am intrigued by the upcoming movie. When is it expected to come out?

    • DRAVES says:

      Why don’t you wait to see the movie before judging, you pathetic piece of trash? It’s sad that cretins like you who can do nothing in life have to try and undercut people who actually go out and achieve things.

      • Rueben says:

        It’s sad that we have idiots like you going around calling everyone else a cretin.

      • Rochard says:

        Wait it seems that you have nothing better to do than to come on to this site and attack somebody and call them cretins and pathetic pieces of trash … Thats really sad.

    • GMC262 says:

      It will be interesting to see if the credits say “based on true events” or something along those lines.

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