The Director of Captain Fantastic Is Making a Film About Solving a Murder in a Virtual City

The cover of Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch. Image: Google
The cover of Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch. Image: Google

In the book Tomorrow and Tomorrow, the city of Pittsburgh has been destroyed. People can still visit, however, through a virtual reality recreation. And one father does just that to try and find the person who murdered his family.


Written by Thomas Sweterlitsch, Tomorrow and Tomorrow was published in 2014. You can even read the first chapter on our site. Now, that book is becoming a movie from Matt Ross, the director of Captain Fantastic. Or you might know him better as Gavin Belson on Silicon Valley.

Ross just signed to direct the adaptation with TriStar Pictures.

In a press release, Ross said the following:

Tomorrow and Tomorrow is prescient. It posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed. Where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us. I hope to examine, following the book’s lead, the degree to which our lives are enhanced, and deeply compromised, by the technology that is already an inseparable part of our daily existence.”


The idea of retroactively solving a murder in virtual reality, even though the murderer could already be dead, is a pretty twisty, difficult concept to get your mind around. Then again, you could say something similar about Ross’s first film, family comedy-drama Captain Fantastic, which garnered Viggo Mortensen an Oscar nomination this year. That too is a film with a lot of moving parts and characters, all handled incredibly well by Ross.

And again, we put the whole first chapter of Tomorrow and Tomorrow on io9 when it was first published, so check that out below.

[Hollywood Reporter]


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“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.”


Act V, scene 5