Author Daniel H. Wilson has gotten pretty lucky when it comes to big sci-fi directors signing on to adapt his works. First E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Minority Report direct Steven Spielberg signed on to helm the big action thriller Robopocalpyse and now another one of his novels is getting the big screen treatment from the helmer of Dark City and I, Robot.
According to THR, Alex Proyas is attached to direct an adaptation of Amped, a new thriller in deveopment at Working Title. The project, which was originally set up over at Summit Entertainment back in 2010, is about a future where "nanotech-enhanced people" are fighting a war against "ordinary humans." Summit's rights to the novel lapsed during the merger with Lionsgate earlier this year, which allowed the Working Title deal to develop.
Wilson has an interesting backstory, as in addition to being an author he has also previously worked as a robotics engineer (hence the pattern in his work). He was also a controbuting editor for Popular Mechanics, where he earned the nickname the "Resident Roboticist." Amped was first published earlier this year on June 5th.
While the trade doesn't say how far along the project is or when it might aim to start production, things are continuing to move rather quickly on Spielberg's Robopocalpyse. Working from a script by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), the project already has Chris Hemsworth attached to star as the male lead and Anne Hathaway remains in talks. The film will be released on April 25, 2014.
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