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Dean Devlin, writer of Stargate and producer of Independence Day, is going to produce and direct Countdown, about a boy who turns to NASA to save his dying father.

Countdown has a script from Steve Altiere (Dinotrux) and revolves around a young kid who—like many kids—is obsessed with space, and who tries to save his father by gathering a NASA engineer and his friends together. It really sounds like it could fall anywhere between the “kids go on an action adventure” and “thoroughly depressing story about accepting death” spectrum.