Sony and Platinum Dunes to Develop Adaptation of IDW Comic ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS

     February 22, 2011


Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to the IDW comic book Zombies vs. Robots for Platinum Dunes (the studio behind the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street remakes).  Screenwriter JT Petty (The Burrowers) has used the comic as the basis for a spec script entitled Inherit the Earth. Per Deadline, the story “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.”  Here’s the positive reaction to this story: “Ah!  So maybe a little Iron Giant mixed with Zombieland!  Sounds wonderful!  Here’s the negative reaction: “UUUUUGGGGGHHHH.”  This is really one of those projects with the potential to be delightful and imaginative or a quick, thoughtless cash-in on smashing two genre creatures together.  Your optimism or pessimism probably hinges on how much you trust the Platinum Dunes gang of Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form, who are producing along with Dave Alpert and Rick Jacobs.

And for those wondering about the title, there’s no relation between Zombies vs. Robots and Jon Favreau’s similar-sounding Cowboys & Aliens.

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  • shadowman

    Hmmmm… A pack of zombies that are intelligent and evolved? I have to admit that I haven’t read any of J.T. Woods’ stories and judging this without reading story or script is wrong but I do have questions regarding the story line. Zombies by definition are mindless humans lost somewhere between life and death, traditionally linked to Haitian and Brazilian voodoo. Hollywood’s zombies are undead, mindless creatures that crave flesh, especially human flesh! Intelligent zombies are an oxymoron.

    (1) If they’re intelligent and evolved, can they really be called zombies as in zombified?

    92) Also as intelligent and evolved zombies wouldn’t they just go to the supermarket to get their flesh? Or…

    (3) Wouldn’t they at the very least want to cultivate and breed humans as a food source as oppposed to wiping them out until there was only one little girl left?

    (4) Also, who built the robots that can protect a little girl but failed to protect the rest of the human race? I mean logically speaking, if the technology existed to build robots that could protect a little girl, then that same technology could have been used to build robots that would protect the rest of humanity.

    But then skynet would later take over and decide to terminate the inferior humans in a war between the humans and the machines. “Come with me if you want to live!”

    Questions, questions, I got a million of `em! Most of them are stupid questions though. Oh well.