Sony Pictures has announced that they've acquired the rights to the comic book "Zombies vs Robots" from IDW Publishing. The science-fiction series tells the tale of humanity's last survivor being defended from the undead by a metallic army.
Not surprisingly, Michael Bay - the filmmaker who most likely owns a hot tub embedded in the cone of a decommissioned nuclear missile - has been brought on to co-produce the flick. The current script carries a working title of "Inherit The Earth"; which sounds way to artistic, almost as if they expect people to come to the theater expecting Edward Norton in the lead role instead of Optimus Prime. And then there's the zombies - who really get the raw end of the deal here. I mean, c'mon, robots a.) do not have brains and b.) are made of metal.
It's an unfair matchup that carries absolutely no food bonus for the undead.
Additional producers for the movie include IDW CEO Ted Adams, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Rick Jacobs, and Dave Alpert. The series was created by IDW Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall and artist Ashley Wood.
While the above plot is probably the most predictable candidate for the film's focus, there have been other follow-ups such as "Zombies Vs. Robots Vs. Amazons" (seriously!) and "Zombies Vs. Robots: Adventure."
While I jest over this story actually being turned into a film, I can't say that I'm not interested in actually seeing it. If Sony went with a serious approach (my greatest hope would be a "Transformers" film in the depressing spirit of "The Road"), this could actually be a pretty entertaining piece of filmmaking. While they're at it, why not turn it into a artistic graphic novel a la "300" or the "Spartacus" series.
Or they could ruin everything and create something akin to Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!". A terrible, terrible film.
Perhaps this summer's other big budget mashup "Cowboys vs. Aliens" will offer something of a crystal ball for the reception "Zombies vs. Robots" hopes to receive. Either way, Hollywood's interest in these dichotomies offers hope for the "Thundercats vs. He-Man" script I penned in 2nd grade.
Come get it, Sony!