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Large Hadron Collider Goes Wrong in Upcoming Doomsday Movie

Jun 25, 2014 02:06 PM EDT
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The Large Hadron Collider will malfunction, bringing about an end to the world as we know it, in an upcoming movie possibly directed by Dark Knight writer David S. Goyer.

A movie has been proposed that will take the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - one of the greatest feats of theoretical physics and engineering in the modern age - and turn it into a doomsday device in typical Hollywood fashion.

The collider is designed to push proton beams close to the speed of light, traveling in a 17-mile loop 11,000 times a second. Two beams are launched simultaneously in opposite directions only to eventually collide into one another - simulating the chaotic conditions directly after the Big Bang that formed this universe.

Researchers traditionally observe the collisions to learn more about the greatest mysteries of the Universe, including the mass of electrons, dark matter, and even how black holes come to be.

However, in Hollywood producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura's proposed doomsday movie The Breach, this relatively harmless device will somehow horribly malfunction.

"The Breach is essentially a story about what happens when the supercollider goes wrong," Bonaventura told sci-fi movie blog GiantFreakingRobot. "We've always heard that a black hole could open up. Something actually that no one's ever hypothesized, but a variation on it, occurs which creates a life-threatening situation for the entire world."

According to Bonaventura, who also produced the first Transformers movie, the plot of The Breach will center around the story of a corrupt ex-cop trying to start anew, and a disaster with the LHC. The details of this disaster however, remain unclear.  Bonaventura did reveal that the movie involves secret groups, government conspiracies, alien technology and black holes - quite a list.

Goyer, the man who scripted parts of The Dark Knight trilogy, Blade and the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, is rumored to be the director of this movie, although it has not been officially confirmed.

Although experts have previously assured the public that the LHC cannot, in any way, create a black hole or any other doomsday scenario in real life, you can read all about the fantastical end-of-days in the book "The Breach" by Patrick Lee, which inspired the movie.

A new and improved LHC is currently just spinning up, expected to be fully operational in 2015.

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