With Dark Matter, Apple TV+ may finally offer the multiverse we’ve been waiting for

Keep an eye out for this adaptation being prepared at Apple TV+: DarkMatterthe work of Blake Crouch, could give rise to one of the best representations of the multiverse on the screen.

Multiverse here, multiverse there. The concept has taken our screens by storm in recent years. The idea is none other than that of parallel worlds. Initially imagined by scientists (in a purely theoretical way, however), the multiverse would be the set of multiple universes that make up reality. But, since then, it has been a windfall of stories for science fiction.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has recently taken it up with a bang, just like in the comics, to represent different lands on which we find alternate versions of our heroes and heroines. The very principle of the multiverse is above all a (rather enjoyable) narrative cog in this context. More recently, it’s the movie Everything Everywhere All At Once who rubbed shoulders with it, developing completely mindless concepts, but while hovering over them a little in an excessively wacky coating. There is also the French series Parallelswhich is successful, but does not revolutionize the genre.

We would like an even different multiverse. The one that makes us shiver with vertigo by going to the heart of the infinity of versions of ourselves, showing us that except for one choice, everything would be different. In this regard, Apple TV+ has been chosen from among the best in the field: dark crouch, the book by American writer Blake Crouch. The SVOD service has launched the production of an adaptation, which is in production at the beginning of September 2022.

What is Dark Matter, the future big adaptation of Apple TV +, about?

In the casting, we will notably find Jennifer Connelly (Top Gun), with French director Louis Leterrier (Elusive, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Lupine…). The first season will have 9 episodes. And, good news: the showrunner will be none other than the author of the book, Blake Crouch.

It is an intelligent page turner signed Blake Crouch, in the heart of parallel worlds. // Source: DarkMatter

In France, it is unlikely that you have heard of the writer. His works met with a fairly resounding success across the Atlantic, but remained rather confidential in France. However, if only its last publication, Recursionis an excellent read that we recommended to you during the winter of 2021.

DarkMatter is, to date, his finest work (in J’ai lu en France), combining breathtaking thriller and pure science fiction. Our hero, Jason Dessen, is a physics professor who finds himself kidnapped by a stranger. When he wakes up, everything is quite different: his wife is no longer his wife; their son was never born; and he is himself a physicist with a much greater aura, as much as at the dawn of a great discovery. This is the beginning of a memorable journey to the four corners of parallel worlds.

But, what is wonderful, in DarkMatter, is that the basic fictional science concept of the multiverse is just the cornerstone of both a whodunit-style investigation and a human-scale storytelling. The trajectory of the character, or rather his trajectories, touches us deeply. It’s not due high conceptbut an embodied fable, a page turner clever. Making sense of it is good: it’s what we need in an era where the infinity of possible choices in a mishmash world is driving many people off their feet.

Clearly, we are waiting for the adaptation of DarkMatter impatiently, because we say to ourselves that it will finally be a pictorial work drawing on what the narrative cog of the multiverse can offer the best. And Apple TV+ — For All Mankind, Dickinson, See, Foundation, Severance — begins to get used to very mature good surprises. We also know that Blake Crouch generally manages to adapt his work well (Good Behavior, Wayward Pines).

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