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Zombieland writers sell sci-fi script Epsilon that details what happens when a robot rebellion fails

09.13.2012
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Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are on a bit of a genre roll (not the D&D kind) these days, having found great success with their first movie (ZOMBIELAND) and yet-to-be-determined-success with their second (G.I. JOE: RETALIATION).  To be fair, the latter movie's delay wasn't/isn't their fault.

They've also got a script for DEADPOOL that is reportedly much loved (but not enough to get the movie going?), and just recently finished a draft of comic adaptation COWBOY NINJA VIKING because why not.  I hope that there's a Deus Ex Machina in the form of an alien kitchen sink falling from space and crushing everything, because I would love the irony of that unabashedly.

But in the meantime, their new sci-fi script EPSILON has been picked up for a cool million by Sony and producer Michael DeLuca (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, DRIVE ANGRY) after just a few days of being on the market.  The original script idea is "set after an initial robot rebellion ended in failure and Earth operates on almost no electronics. The remaining robots seek refuge on a space station and begin to raise their own human lab rats, which they train to act as their agents. The main character is a man who discovers he is more human than he thought."

Sounds decidedly different enough that Reese and Wernick can consider my interest successfully piqued, which I'm sure is something that makes all the difference to them. 

More as we hear it.

Adrianna Palicki G.I.Joe: Retaliation

PARAMOUNT.  We could be watching Adrianne Palicki in G.I. JOE right now.  Get your shit together.

Extra Tidbit: Think there will be a title change along the way?

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8:29AM on 09/14/2012
Maybe a smidge of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica about it too. Still sounds fun.
Maybe a smidge of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica about it too. Still sounds fun.
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3:50PM on 09/13/2012
i was hoping for a humorous take on an aftermath of a FAILED Robot Uprising, but if its different enough from all those generic Man vs. Robot war movies, which it very much sounds like, I'm positively all for it. And HEL105 is dead on with Homeland comparison!
i was hoping for a humorous take on an aftermath of a FAILED Robot Uprising, but if its different enough from all those generic Man vs. Robot war movies, which it very much sounds like, I'm positively all for it. And HEL105 is dead on with Homeland comparison!
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11:25AM on 09/13/2012
Also sounds a lot like Magnus Robot Fighter, only in reverse.
Also sounds a lot like Magnus Robot Fighter, only in reverse.
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9:34AM on 09/13/2012
I like the premise, sounds almost like Homeland with robots.
I like the premise, sounds almost like Homeland with robots.
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