Deadline‘s Mike Fleming Jr. is following up his reporting from earlier this year on upcoming sci-fi action thriller, Reminiscence. Actor Daniel Wu (Into The Badlands, Tomb Raider) will join The Greatest Showman stars Hugh Jackman (X-Men saga) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible franchise) for the production which has since landed at Warner Bros. after departing from its previous rights holders at Legendary.
Hailing from Kilter Films, Michael De Luca Productions and FilmNation Entertainment, Reminiscence depicts an epic, mind-bending noir love story set in a dystopian futuristic Miami, darkly-lit, ravaged by global warming nearly submerged. Jackman plays Nicolas Bannister (described by Joy in March as a cross between Wolverine and Humphrey Bogart), a veteran who makes a living by retrieving memories of any size or value for clients for a small fee. He meets a woman (Ferguson) looking for her keys, and in the wake of what sprouts into a budding and seemingly fulfilling romance, the woman suddenly disappears. Driven and determined, Bannister sets out on an epic journey through the crevasses within the dark world of the past to find her and learn the truth.
Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Westworld) who had been developing the project since 2014, is making her feature directorial debut, and also producing under her Kilter Films banner. Jonathan Nolan, Michael De Luca and Aaron Ryder also produce with Athena Wickham and Elishia Holmes serving as executive producers.
“I’ve always been fascinated by memory” said Joy who spoke to Fleming Jr. at length about the concept of the project earlier this month as sales went underway in Berlin at the EFM. “…Even if you live to be a ripe old age, you live long enough to see the people you love pass away. You live in memory, and wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go back and feel those sensations, again. That’s kind of the underpinning, conceptually, of this film.”
Wu’s next appearance will be in Wang Qianyuan crime thriller, Caught In Time, from Two Thumbs Up director Lau Ho Leung.