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Hollywood’s fixation with robots and the undead has fueled a spec package deal that includes underlying rights to the IDW Zombies Vs. Robots.
JT Petty has used the Ashley Wood/Chris Ryall-created comic as the
basis for a spec script called Inherit the Earth. The film will be a
co-production between Platinum Dunes, Circle of Confusion and IDW, produced by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Dave Alpert and Rick
Jacobs. Ted Adams will act as Executive Producer for the project. The story focuses on a young girl who is the last survivor on Earth. She
is protected from a pack of intelligent and evolved zombies by a group of robots. Even though it sounds like it could be on the undercard, the comic title is unrelated to Cowboys & Aliens. Transformers‘
director Bay has more than enough experience with
robots to turn this into something exceptional. Jonathan Kadin and
Hannah Minghella will oversee for Sony. IDW’s title World War Robot is being developed by Jerry Bruckheimer.
About Zombies Vs. Robots:
It’s tech prowess meets undead mayhem! In this tale of carnage from the Eisner Award-nominated team of artist Ashley Wood (Popbot) and writer Chris Ryall (The Great and Secret Show).
A post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies has only one chance at
recovery — a team of robots that must protect and clone a lone surviving
human baby. They just need to do this amidst the endless hordes of
zombies who have been driven rabid by their frustration at inedible bots
and their lust to eat the one living brain left on the planet.
Okay, here’s the thing. The book isn’t very good. The only thing that saves it is Ashley Wood’s art. It has Brukheimer’s Platinum Dunes running rough shot all over this thing. Well, good luck with that.