Hollywood mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer has picked up the rights to turn the graphic novel World War Robot into a feature film. The title is written by Ashley Wood, who is a well-respected artist and has worked on various comics and graphic novels from Silent Hill, 30 Days of Nights, and Zombies vs. Robots. World War Robot is distributed by IDW Publishing.
The story takes place in the middle of a battle between humans and robots that is raging on Earth, the moon, and Mars. The graphic novel tells the stories of this battle in a diary fashion, with members of both sides offering up their situations and their stories.
World War Robot actually sounds similar to two other properties in World War Z and a one Battlestar Galactica. World War Z is a fictional novel about an alternate history a decade after a war with zombies that tells its story in a similarly unique fashion with its accounts coming from interviews with the main characters of the story. In terms of Galactica, just the simple humans vs. robots is the main connection, but bot implements real-world elements like politics. There are just two of the many movies, games, and TV shows that we’ve seen with similar backgrounds, so the fact that someone like Bruckheimer went out and scooped it up must mean it has some lovely unique qualities.
Call me curious on this one. We see a lot of people fighting robots, but a lot of them don’t fare so well — I’d love to see someone slap one out of the yard. No word yet on when we might see World War Robot or who may write, direct, and star.