Warner Bros. Pictures has optioned the film rights to "Empire Of The Sun" author J.G. Ballard's 1962 sci-fi novel "The Drowned World" at Heyday Films.
Set in the year 2145, the action unfolds in a time when solar radiation has melted the ice caps. Jungles have overrun continental Europe, and London is mostly submerged under water.
The hero is a biologist who lives on the 35th floor of a high-rise in which only two floors sit above the water line.
He battles a savage environment of primordial creatures who prowl the undergrowth, and anarchists who terrorize the city's inhabitants.
David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford will produce.