13 Reasons Why director Kyle Patrick Alvarez has signed on to direct Crater for Disney+, Deadline has learned. The project will be overseen by Disney’s live-action team, with hopes of starting production this Spring.
Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) will produce through his 21 Laps Entertainment banner along with Dan Levine. Levy is also producing a new animated Night at the Museum movie for Disney+. He is also directing 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jodi Comer.
Crater is described as a coming-of-age story in the vein of “Stand By Me,” set on a moon colony. After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a mysterious crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet. John Griffin (The Twilight Zone) penned the script.
The film was originally going to be directed by Levy when the project was originally in development at 20th Century Fox. Once the merger with Disney finalized, Levy decided to focus on producing the project, Disney has fast-tracked the project with hopes of 2022 on Disney+.