First Details on Gareth Edwards’ Untitled Sci-Fi Project; Pitched as “A Robot STAR WARS”

     August 5, 2011

Monsters director Gareth Edwards is attached to Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Godzilla reboot, but he’s also got a cool-sounding sci-fi flick brewing.  Sources tell /Film that Edwards that project “is about a young human child (probably around 5 years old) and a robot who travel across the galaxy in search of mankind’s origin in a world void of humanity and filled with robots.”  Edwards is pitching the movie as “a robot Star Wars“.  Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov is producing.

Hit the jump for more details on the project.

Edwards is reportedly still working out the script, but last October he told The Playlist that the untitled sci-fi flick,

“[Is] way more ambitious than Monsters. It will require all my resources. The trick is to take the positive elements of having more money and the positive elements of having no money, and try to combine the two. The tagline is very vague, it’s an epic human story set in a futuristic world without humanity.”

Part of that ambition comes from undertaking an epic-sounding sci-fi flick on a rumored budget of $35 million.  As /Film points out, that’s only a quarter of the budget for the original Star Wars films and that’s before inflation.  Monsters proved that Edwards could make an expensive-looking monster movie on a shoestring budget ($500,000).  It’s possible that if he manages to pull of Godzilla first, investors may be more willing to fund his sci-fi movie.  The flick also sounds more like an accessible sci-fi adventure movie as opposed to more cerebral science fiction movies that have a tough time getting made.

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