Newswire: Warner Bros. announces Carl Sagan biopic, inspiring “billions and billions” of jokes

Warner Bros. has announced that it’s developing a biopic based on the life of astrophysicist Carl Sagan, sending physics fans into leaps of joy, and tired writers into the depths of their minds, searching for a good joke headline incorporating the phrase “billions and billions,” jokingly ascribed to Sagan by Tonight Show host Johnny Carson in a famous sketch. The noted scientist and public speaker, a mainstay of Carson’s Tonight Show, and one of the 20th century’s most prominent voices for the power of scientific reasoning, never shied away from deploying astronomically large numbers in his efforts to convey the sheer size of the universe to audiences.

While “Warner Bros. hopes to earn billions and billions of dollars with Carl Sagan biopic,” shows a little promise, it also seems pretty unlikely, given that the highest grossing films only reach, at most, $3 billion at the box office …

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