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Link to our thread on Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013).

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Casey Affleck, David Lowery Reteam for Sci-Fi Tale 'To Be Two' (Exclusive)

The team that made Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is partnering for a thinking man’s sci-fi tale.

Saints helmer David Lowery has closed a deal to adapt and direct To Be Two, an adaptation of a short story from the Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology collection by Paul Broks.

Casey Affleck is attached to star and is set to executive produce with Lowery, Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston of Sailor Bear. Halbrooks and Johnston were producers on Saints, which opened in theaters last weekend. . . .

To Be Two adapts the short story To Be Two or Not to Be and deals with identity and the self. It’s set in a world where teleportation exists and people are scanned, the digital self sent to Mars, reconstructed atom by atom, while the original is vaporized. The story then posits the idea of the teleportation machine malfunctioning and not vaporizing the original person. Who is now real? And how do experiences make them different? And what happens when the authorities want to erase the original person?

The tone of the adaptation is said to be similar to Looper, Rian Johnson’s time-traveling movie that saw Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the same person from different decades with different agendas. . . .

Hollywood Reporter, August 22

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