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Shonda Rhimes Developing Sci-Fi Universe for Netflix

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: Shonda Rhimes attends ABC's 'Scandal' 100th Episode Celebration on April 8, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

Netflix announced Thursday that Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes and Batman director Matt Reeves are developing a feature film and “television universe” for Recursion, an upcoming sci-fi novel by Blake Crouch.

According to Variety, the novel, which will be published June 11, is about an invention by a female scientist that allows people to reactivate or reinvent their memories.

“Projects like this are why I came to Netflix,” Rhimes said. The television writer and producer left ABC network and signed a massive $100 million deal with the streaming platform. Recursion will be her first project under the signing.

The five-time NAACP winner continued, “The opportunity to explore a multi-genre universe in innovative ways is extremely exciting. Matt and Blake both have the tremendous ability to build compelling characters and imaginative landscapes and I am thrilled to work alongside them.”

Reeves celebrated working with Rhimes saying, “Netflix is uniquely suited for this ambitious undertaking, and I can’t imagine a more exciting partner than the astonishingly talented Shonda Rhimes whose work I have admired for years.”


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