Back in September 2008, just days before the switch was thrown on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, concern was raised that the world's largest particle accelerator just might mean the end of all life as we know it.
Theorists worried massive explosions - or worse - the creation of a small black hole that would quickly grow out-of-control and destroy the planet.
"Nature has already generated on Earth as many collisions as about a million LHC experiments – and the planet still exists," LHC officials said in a report affirming the safety of the device. "Astronomers observe an enormous number of larger astronomical bodies throughout the universe, all of which are also struck by cosmic rays. The universe as a whole conducts more than 10 million million LHC-like experiments per second. The possibility of any dangerous consequences contradicts what astronomers see - stars and galaxies still exist."
A few years later - and yes, we're all still here. But that hasn't stopped Hollywood from carrying the LHC doomsday scenarios forward. The latest, called "God Particle", has reportedly just been scooped up by Paramount - with J.J. Abrams's Bad Robot in line to produce.
"After a physics experiment with a large hadron accelerator causes the Earth to seemingly vanish completely, the terrified crew of an orbiting American space station is left floating in the middle of now-even-more-empty space. When a European spacecraft appears on their radar, the Americans must determine whether it’s their salvation, or a harbinger of doom."
I like it. I mean, of all the worst-case-scenarios NASA has prepped for, "Earth vanishing" is not likely one of them.
While Vulture says that Abrams likely won't direct, it does sound like the kind of film his production company could run with and turn into some good entertainment. And if you're in the mood now for J.J. to destroy the world, don't forget about his post-apocalyptic "Revolution" coming to televisions this fall. The trailer for that one is below.