Fox Is Making a Movie About the De-Extinction of the Woolly Mammoth

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Author Ben Mezrich is no stranger to finding a cool story and seeing it become a movie. He wrote the books that got turned into The Social Network and 21, and now his upcoming work has already been picked up by Hollywood. It’s about the potential return of the woolly mammoth.


Mezrich’s upcoming book is called Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures. It’ll be published next fall by Simon & Schuster, but Fox and Temple Hill have already picked up the film rights.

While we don’t know what the movie will entail, the book is about geneticist George Church at Harvard University. In 2015, he successfully extracted DNA from an extinct woolly mammoth and fused it with an elephant. We covered it at the time, so read much more about the real life inspiration here.

Considering Temple Hill has made movies like The Maze Runner and The Fault in Our Stars, you can imagine the factual basis of Mezrich’s book is probably going to be used and exaggerated for dramatic purposes. Deadline went so far to ask if this could be the next Jurassic Park. That seems like a stretch, but, we’re all about any movie featuring woolly mammoths.


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo. Formerly of Premiere, EW, Us Weekly, and Slashfilm. AP Award-Winning Film Critic and CCA member. Loves Star Wars, posters, Legos, and often all three at once.



Blending elephant DNA with mammoth DNA and then making a movie about it?

You fool!

You got so preoccupied with whether or not you could, that you never stopped to think if you should.

This is how genetic monsters are made!