After my last posting about E.T. 2, you might think this headline is for a fake film as well. I mean, Zombies vs Robots? C'mon. That's not a movie, that's the kick-ball game you see at Comic Con waiting in line for Hall H. Well, depending on how your mind works, this film is fortunately/unfortunately happening.
Sony has purchased a spec script from video game writer turned big screen writer/director J.T. Petty based on the IDW comic of the same name. Oh, but this story gets better. If there was one filmmaker on the planet who would sell his soul (or what little of it he has left) for a chance to be a part of a film entitled Zombies vs Robots, who would you guess that might be? I'll give you a hint: his name rhymes with Schmichael Schmay.
Hit the jump for more details and the film's synopsis (surprisingly, there's more to it than just zombies and robots).
If your guess about that filmmaker wanting to be involved was Michael Bay, then 10 gold stars for you. Bay's Platinum Dunes production company has teamed up with Circle of Confusion and comic publisher IDW to co-produce for Sony. No director or talent has been named as of yet, but don't expect Bay to be in the director's chair for this as his future slate is filling up already. But don't think this film won't get the Bay treatment even from a producorial capacity.
What does intrigue me here, other than obvious zombie on robot action, is the involvement of Circle of Confusion. The little known production/management company was key in bringing The Walking Dead to the small screen this year. And, anyone who has seen an episode knows they did very well. So we've got a company that knows how to do zombies, and we all know Bay likes his giant robots. Could this actually turn out well?
As far as the story itself goes, Deadline reports the script "focuses on a young girl who is the last survivor on earth. She is protected by a group of robots from a pack of zombies that are intelligent and evolved." And, thanks to /Film, we've got a nice synopsis on the comic itself:
"But we know that the backstory of Zombies vs Robots has three smarty scientists creating a sort of time-travel warphole, though which robots are sent into the future after the first use of the portal renders a scientist not alive. The robots return carrying some virus or infection that kills off humanity, but for one infant girl. The robots protect and nurture her, and plan to use her DNA to repopulate the Earth, while the zombies collectively decide that their one last human snack isn’t going to get away. And so: war!"
My opinion, the only way this movie works is if they embrace the title, play into audience expectation, and go balls-to-the-walls all out crazy zombie vs robot action. Maybe even make it 3D, why not? And, they got just the man for the job in Michael Bay.