In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.
While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team…
The Space Between Us (working title Out of This World) is an American teen romantic science fiction adventure drama film directed by Peter Chelsom, produced by Richard B. Lewis and written by Allan Loeb from a story by Stewart Schill, Lewis and Allan Loeb. The film stars Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, and Carla Gugino.
Principal photography began on September 14, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The film is scheduled to be released on February 3, 2017 by STX Entertainment. On March 13, 2014, The Tracking Board revealed that a science-fiction adventure film titled Out of This World was in development at Relativity Media, and scripted by Allan Loeb. Later in August 2014, it was reported that Peter Chelsom, who previously directed Hector and the Search for Happiness for Relativity, was hired to direct the film, while Relativity would produce and distribute the film. Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B. Lewis was attached to produce the film.
On February 2, 2015, Asa Butterfield was tapped to play the lead character in the film. He would play a teen who was raised on Mars and falls in love with a Colorado-native girl on Earth he has been communicating with. Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay rewrote the screenplay. On July 13, 2015, it was announced that Relativity was selling the project to STX Entertainment, in order to reach an agreement with its creditors and avoid having to file for bankruptcy. STX would produce and distribute the film now while Lewis only would serve as a producer.
On July 31, 2015, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson joined the cast of the then untitled film. Robertson would play the female lead, a teen girl from Colorado. On September 8, 2015, it was announced that the title of the film would be The Space Between Us and B.D. Wong and Janet Montgomery were added to the cast. On September 30, 2015, Trey Tucker joined the film to play an astronaut. On October 23, 2015, Scott Takeda was cast in to play a doctor in the film.
The Space Between Us
Directed by: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Janet Montgomery, Jenny Gabrielle, Sarah Minnich, ora Martinez-Cunningham, Mia Stallard, Alma Sisneros, Kristen Rakes
Screenplay by: Allan Loeb
Production Design by: Kirk M. Petruccelli
Cinematography by: Barry Peterson
Film Editing by: David Moritz
Costume Design by: Christopher Lawrence
Set Decoration by: Jessica Anderson
Music by: Andrew Lockington
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief sensuality and language.
Studio: STX Entertainment
Release Date: February 3, 2017