Don’t let anyone tell you science fiction isn’t the latest trend sweeping Hollywood. It might take a few years to really take hold but films like this year’s Oblivion, After Earth, Gravity and Ender’s Game have studio executives prepping for a whole new wave of sci-fi projects. Universal picked up a new one earlier today and now Paramount has the latest. It’s a novel called Nexus by Ramez Naam and it’ll be produced by Mary Parent through Disruption and Darren Aronofsky via Protozoa. Screenwriters Ari Handel and Mark Heyman are in talks to adapt.

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Briefly: While Tom Cruise will next be seen in Jack Reacher (a new trailer for which hit today) he’s following that film with two big sci-fi movies: Oblivion, from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, and the “Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day” action film All You Need is Kill, from Doug Liman.

Now Cruise is looking at a third sci-fi film. It’s called Our Name is Adam, and is being produced by Mary Parent, the Pacific Rim producer and former MGM chair who set Cruise’s Valkyrie in motion. There’s no big storyline to reveal as yet, but the writer is T.S. Nowlin… who doens’t have any produced credits we can look to in order to guess what this might be like. So the takeaway is that one of the people consistently getting big-budget, original sci-fi properties on the screen might end up being the same guy who is the most public face of a sci-fi inspired religion. Makes sense, I guess. [Variety]

Update: Deadline says Paramount is hotly pursuing this project, and hopes to have a deal for it, despite a high price, before the studio’s first-look period expires.

For the past few years, Paramount enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with DreamWorks Animation, releasing tons of successful films like Rango, Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon and more. Last summer, though, DreamWorks Animation announced they’d be parting ways with the studio, leaving Paramount without a strong animation presence. Paramount Animation was born.

Variety now reports Paramount has begun independently developing projects with filmmakers like J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible, Star Trek) and Mary Parent (Noah, Pacific Rim) as well as tapping their kids TV channel, Nickelodeon, for more feature ideas. Which means we might see films based on Dora the Explorer, The Legend of Korra or Monkey Quest. Read more after the jump, including the official announcements of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 and The New Kid. Read More »