The guys over at CERN might be pushing the boundaries of science and humanity with their Large Hadron Collider, but we've all never escaped the fear that their endeavor might ending up killing us all.
This fear seems to be central to the next directorial effort from the Man of Steel screenwriter, David S. Goyer. In an interview with Collider, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura lays out the story and principles behind upcoming sci-fi thriller, [The Breach](movie:738037).
Bonaventura explained that the movie, based on a book by Patrick Lee, draws on the fears that the Large Hadron Collider could malfunction with serious consequences. He stated:
The Breach is essentially a story about what happens when the supercollider goes wrong. We’ve always heard that a black hole could open up. Something actually that no one’s ever hypothesized, but a variation on it, occurs which creates a life-threatening situation for the entire world.
According to GiantFreakinRobot, the plot concerns a corrupt ex-cop who is trying to find a new life in Alaska after being kicked off the force. He soon discovers a crashed plane with some rather important VIPs on board. Apparently, the plot also concerns secret groups, alien technology and black holes. Could the LHC open up a portal to another dimension? Considering it's called The Breach and involves aliens, that's my bet. However, Bonaventura also explained the film wouldn't be all CGI whizziness:
There’s a very emotional story, a very heartfelt character study at the middle of it, which is great. I love the gizmos—you know me, I love all the crazy stuff—but there’s a really emotional core to this thing that makes it work. It’s really kind of an unusual—the author did a wonderful job with the book, it’s an adaptation. It’s got some really, really original ideas and things people are gonna see.
Currently, Lionsgate has the project in the budgeting stages while the script is already complete. Goyer and Bonaventura expect to move ahead with casting soon.
For those of you who do not know, the Large Hadron Collider is a brilliant example of scientific understatement. You see, in reality, the device should actually be called the F*cking Huge Hadron Collider. The titanic particle collider, which is operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), is built 175 meters beneath the Franco-Swiss border and has a circumference 17 miles - making it the largest and most complex experimental facility ever built.
Now, I'm not an expert, but from what I can gather, it collides opposing particle beams of either protons at up to 7 teraelectronvolts per necleon (of course), or lead nuclei at an energy of 574 TeV (92.0 µJ) per nucleus, in order explore the fundamental open questions concerning the laws of physics - including the interrelation between quantum mechanics and general relativity and the existence of the so called 'God Particle'. In the most laymen terms, the LHC can recreate the conditions of The Big Bang and attempt to solve some of sciences' most pressing questions.
Given it's sci-fi credentials, and the fact it looks like something from f*cking Cybertron, the LHC has appeared in numerous pieces of popular culture, including most notably Dan Brown's Angels & Demons and FlashForward.
Ever since its completion in 2008, people have proposed the LHC could somehow create a doomsday scenario - primarily because that's exactly what would happen to such a device in Hollywood movies. However, two safety commissions have found that the LHC cannot create a blackhole, or rip some kind of tear into the spacetime continuum and therefore transport us back in time to before the universe existed. Phew.
Goyer has, of course, provided the screenplays for some of the most recent big name blockbusters, included Nolan's much vaunted Dark Knight Trilogy, however his directorial past is a little less prestigious. His two feature films The Invisible and The Unborn are notable only insofar as no one can actually remember them.
What do you think? Does this sound like an interesting topic for a movie?
Will the Large Hadron Collider kill us all?