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Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick haven't had the best of luck as of late. The writing duo saw themselves become Hollywood players following the release of Zombieland in 2009, which was both a critical and box office hit, but since then they haven't been able to get anything back on the big screen. They first got the job to write the script for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but then that movie got bumped from June of this year to March of 2013. They wrote the script for 20th Century Fox's Deadpool film, but that project is stuck in development hell. In 2010 they finished the first draft of Zombieland 2, but there's been no forward progress with that movie since. Now, however, it seems that things are taking a turn for the better.
THR reports taht Wernick and Reese are now in talks with Sony Pictures for their new sci-fi script Epsilon. The script first hit the marketplace on Monday and many other studios have shown interest in the project - including Warner Bros. and Dreamworks - but Sony apparently outbid all of them with a deal in the $1 million range. The deal makes sense given that Sony also made Zombieland.
Described by a source close to the project as "ambitious," the story is set in a world that has actually managed to survive a robot uprising, but is left without any electricity of any kind. The robots that have survived the war have taken refuge on a space station where they "begin to raise their own human lab rats, which they train to act as their agents." The main character in the story is one of these humans who, "discovers he is more human than he thought."
Reese and Wernick plan to produce the film as well, along with Sony's Michael DeLuca (The Social Network, Moneyball).