Wow, that’s one of the more esoteric headlines I’ve ever written. To break it down for you, Allan Loeb is the awesom-o-like script machine behind such films as 21, The Dilemma, and Kevin James’ “Martial Farts” (working title), and he’s incredibly successful. But now there’s a new guy peddling really-warmed-over-sounding ideas on the block, and his name is Daniel H. Wilson. Formerly known as a Robotics Ph.D. candidate who’d written cutesy coffee table-ish books that look like they took about an afternoon to write, such as How to Survive a Robot Uprising, and Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, it was announced last month that Steven Spielberg would be directing his upcoming novel, Robopocalypse, which sounds, well, basically like a Terminator knockoff from the studio that made Transmorphers.
Now Deadline says Wilson has sold another novel, Amp, to Alex Proyas, which sparked a bidding war even though this one’s not finished yet either.
With Alex Proyas poised to produce and potentially direct, Summit Entertainment has just closed a deal for screen rights to AMP, a near-future science fiction thriller novel by Daniel H. Wilson. The novel is set in a world where the technology designed to make the disabled whole, turns them into supermen. Deal was low six against seven figures.
I’m told that aside from Summit, Working Title and Paramount also chased a novel that has a mix of scifi action and political allegory reminiscent of District 9 [don’t you mean *will* have? -Ed.]. Wilson took the Summit deal because he was impressed by Proyas, who’ll shoot the picture at a modest budget in Australia. Wilson is writing the book, and the plan is to hire a screenwriter who’ll take his novel pages and draft them into script form, the way Drew Goddard did while Wilson was scribbling away on Robopocalypse.
And here I thought “your novel sounds great, here’s a million dollars!” was just a barista fantasy. Hey, remember when “Gee, this sounds like a bunch of things I’ve already seen” wasn’t a compliment?