“Fargo” Showrunner To Helm “Pale Blue Dot”

Noah Hawley is one of TV’s hottest properties right now with FX’s “Fargo” and “Legion” both scoring great acclaim. Now he’s making a jump to the big screen and has set up a pair of films at Fox Searchlight.

The biggest is “Pale Blue Dot,” a new sci-fi project he will direct. Reese Witherspoon plays a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a mission in space, begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality.

Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi penned the spec script which Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce. The other is “Buried Bodies,” a drama inspired by the Lake Pleasant Bodies Case from the mid-1970s which Hawley will produce through his 26 Keys label.

Attorneys Frank Armani and Francis Belge faced the ethical dilemma of upholding attorney-client privilege after their accused serial murderer client reveals to them the location of the bodies of two additional missing girls.

They verified the findings, but did not report them to police until after the killer escaped prison and threatened one of the attorneys. In the wake of this, the pair was reviled by the families of the victims and ostracized by the community for their commitment to their oath.

No word on when production on either project will begin.

Source: Deadline