Adapting The Great Unknown to the screen is such a good idea, we're surprised nobody stole it. Duncan Rouleau's comic book, about an inventor whose brilliant ideas are stolen as soon as he dreams them up, adds a Philip K. Dick level of intrigue to a common creative problem: if you have a good idea, there's a good chance somebody came up with it earlier. In real life, you're forced to shrug your shoulders and try to come up with something new, Rouleau added a paranoid twist to the concept that's beautifully high concept, and New Line has pounced on it.
Deadline has announced that director Jorma Taccone will direct The Great Unknown, from a script written by Michael Starrbury. Taccone is a "Saturday Night Live" writer and one-third of the comedy group Lonely Island, also comprised of Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer. His only feature directing credit to date is MacGruber, the unsuccessful adaptation of Will Forte's "MacGyver" parody from "SNL." Michael Starrbury's biggest credit to date is the David Gordon Green pilot "Black Jack," about a de-commissioned special ops agent who has trouble adjusting to normal life.
Now if they'll just green light a Metal Men movie we'll be happy.
CraveOnline will be back with more The Great Unknown news after we insist on calling it "Machina Rex."