Explorers TV Series in the Works with Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery


Although he is currently embarking on his biggest movie project to date with Bond 25, it appears that director Cary Fukunaga also intends on keeping one foot in the world of TV after his success with shows like True Detective, The Alienist and Maniac. Fukunaga is reportedly teaming up with David Lowery (A Ghost Story, Pete’s Dragon) to develop a TV series based on Joe Dante’s 1985 sci-fi film Explorers. While that is not a sentence I ever expected to type, I am guessing this Amblin-esque property is being dug up now as a result of the current popularity of Stranger Things. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Deadline, Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery are teaming up to script a TV pilot based on Joe Dante’s Explorers. The original film starred Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix and Jason Presson as three kids who work together to build a homemade spaceship. A big screen remake was supposedly being worked on a few years ago at Paramount’s low budget Insurge label with Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier (Better Living Through Chemistry) writing the script but it seems safe to assume that version is now dead.

The new project is set up at Paramount Television and the plan is for either Fukunaga or Lowery to direct the pilot if it gets a greenlight. It is unclear whether either will be available, however, given that Lowery just set up his next project with A24, a fantasy epic called Green Knight based on the Arthurian tale Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Do you think Explorers could make a great premise for a TV series?

  • Matt the Kiwi

    Does this mean we can finally get an Explorers Blu-ray? I bloody LOVED this movie when I saw it in theaters at the ideal age of 12. Totally believed it was only a matter of time until I built a spaceship with my mates…still waiting. If this series can somehow keep the magic of the movie while not appearing dated and cheesy then I’ll definitely be on board.

  • Lori Cerny

    I know cameos are cheesy and over-done, but Ethan Hawke showing up for an episode or two would be awesome.

    Presson seems to have slid off the face of Hollywood. I had such a crush on him.