Shonda Rhimes, Matt Reeves and Netflix Team Up on ‘Recursion’ Projects

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Shonda Rhimes celebrates the 100th episode of ABC’s ‘Scandal’ (ABC/Todd Wawrychuk)

Blake Crouch’s upcoming novel Recursion is being adapted into a feature film and, as Netflix describes it, a “television universe.” Netflix made the announcement and confirmed multiple projects based on the book are in development with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beer’s Shondaland and Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho.

The book isn’t expect to hit stores until June 11, 2019. Crouch’s previous novels include the Wayward Pines trilogy which was made into a Fox series by M. Night Shyamalan. TNT currently has a series based on Crouch’s Good Behavior novellas starring Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey).

“I have been a fan of Shonda’s and Matt’s work going back years,” said Crouch, commenting on the deal. “To have these titans of television and film working on something of mine is an incredible honor, and Netflix is the pitch-perfect home for people who want to adapt film and TV in the most innovative way possible.”

In 2017, Rhimes and Shondaland moved to Netflix to work on creating new shows. “Projects like this are why I came to Netflix,” stated Shonda Rhimes. “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.”

Matt Reeves has signed a first-look deal with Netflix for any feature films he’s directing or producing under his 6th & Idaho banner. Discussing the Recursion project, Reeves said, “Blake’s mind-bending novel presents an incredible opportunity to explore its expansive narrative simultaneously through both film and television. 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.”

The Recursion Plot:

At once a relentless save-the-world sci-fi thriller, an epic romance, and an intricate police procedural, Recursion explores what happens when a brilliant female scientist invents a powerful technology that allows people not just to reactivate their most visceral memories but to reinvent them entirely. For some, it offers the chance to rewrite their entire lives. In the wrong hands, it will upend the world as we know it.