'Atlanta' Director Hiro Murai Set To Helm Sci-Fi Film From 'It Follows' Writer

Hiro Murai is definitely a filmmaker on the rise. After making a name for himself in the music video scene, directing clips for artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Bloc Party, St. Vincent, and Earl Sweatshirt, Murai has been banging out quality episodes of “Atlanta” and “Legion” for FX, and working on “Barry” for HBO. But what really put him on the map, recently, was his new collaboration with Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, for the “This is America” video.

Needless to say, Murai is one of the biggest up-and-comers in Hollywood. And according to Deadline, his star is going to soar a little higher, as he’s attached to direct his first feature film, co-written by David Robert Mitchell.

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Man Alive” is a thriller about what happens after an alien invasion. The film focuses on a man, who fears he’s the only human left, but might not be alone after all. As mentioned, the film is written by Joe Greenberg, with a rewrite by David Robert Mitchell. Mitchell, as you may know, is the filmmaker responsible for “It Follows” and the upcoming “Under the Silver Lake,” which premiered at this year’s Cannes.

This is a big first feature for the director. After working on smaller-scale projects like music videos and “Atlanta,” it’ll be interesting to see how his style translates to what seems like a big-budget studio film. However, if you are familiar with Murai’s work, you know that he isn’t your stereotypical, journeyman “TV director.” And with Mitchell credited with a draft of the script, “Man Alive” probably won’t be your stereotypical alien sci-fi blockbuster, either. This has the potential to be something special.

There’s no word on a release date for “Man Alive,” but it seems like they’re still in the very early stages. Hopefully, we’ll get some casting announcements soon.