'Outside the Box' Family Adventure Film in the Works From 'Freaks' Directors

Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky‘s sci-fi thriller Freaks hits theaters this weekend, but the duo has already lined up their next directing gig. Universal has purchased the rights to Outside the Box, a new adventure movie from Stein and Lipovsky that’s being compared to some of the Amblin films from the 1980s.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Universal has shouldered the competition out of the way and bought the rights to Outside the Box, which “is said to be a family adventure with fantasy elements in the tone of the movies made by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin banner in the 1980s.”

Details about the actual plot are still hard to come by, but when we caught up with Kim Possible filmmakers Stein and Lipovsky for a chat about their new movie Freaks, which is set in a world where some humans have superpowers but there are no traditional superheroes or supervillains, the writer/director pair told us they were excited about the possibility to return to that world in future projects:

Could Outside the Box be secretly set in that same world, or is this a whole new universe for these filmmakers? The notion of this new movie drawing comparisons to early Spielberg works is interesting too, because Freaks has garnered some of those same comparisons. In our interview (which will be published in full soon), the directors themselves talked about genre-hopping in the same movie and name-checked Spielberg specifically:

You can check out the trailer for Freaks here, and see it in theaters when it debuts on September 13, 2019.

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