TriStar Lands Wesley Wang Short ‘Nothing, Except Everything’ In Bidding War; Wang To Adapt, With Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Producing

EXCLUSIVE: Following a competitive situation with what we hear were four offers, TriStar Pictures has snapped up film rights to Wesley Wang’s nothing, except everything., a short film that Wang will adapt for the big screen as writer and director, with Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa producing.

A 19-year-old currently studying economics at Harvard, Wang made nothing, except everything. during his senior year of high school, seeing it go viral on YouTube and win the Grand Jury Prize at Indianapolis’s Indy Shorts Film Festival. Billed as a romantic sci-fi thriller, the film watches as a graduating high schooler navigates a world of seemingly inevitable chaos by finding order in the number 7. Based on that logline, it’s not hard to see how Harvard alum Aronofsky might have sparked to the material, similar as it is to that of his 1998 debut feature, Pi.

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An 11-time national chess champion who began making films at 11 years old, Wang’s other past shorts include you are seen., Mute, Eve, and Faces.

Headed up by Aronofsky and his partner, Ari Handel, the NYC-based Protozoa is currently prepping the crime thriller Caught Stealing for Sony Pictures, which Aronofsky will direct with Austin Butler starring, as we were first to report. Coming off of Aronofsky’s A24 drama The Whale, which brought Brendan Fraser his first Oscar for Best Actor, as well as the groundbreaking experience Postcard from Earth created for MSG’s Sphere in Las Vegas, the company’s recent TV credits include One Strange Rock, Welcome to Earth and Season 1 of Limitless for Nat Geo, along with Kindred for FX and Black Gold for Paramount+. Upcoming TV projects for Nat Geo include Limitless Season 2, Pole to Pole, and Sentient.

Wang is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and WME; Protozoa by CAA, Narrative, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

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