Phil Lord & Chris Miller May Direct ‘The Last Human’ Written By Henry Gayden (‘Shazam’)
From the guys who brought you the Oscar-nominated ‘Into the Spider-Verse,’ as well as the ‘Jump Street’ and ‘Lego Movie’ franchises, comes ‘The Last Human.’ The project is causing an intense interest from several studios, to the point of a bidding war.
The film is based on Lee Bacon’s children’s book, set to publish this October. The film’s screenplay is by Henry Gayden (‘Earth to Echo,’ ‘Shazam!’).
The premise is below:
“Set after the robot apocalypse, when humans have been extinct for thirty years, the story follows a 12-year-old robot, XR_935, who is happy to live in a world without crime, pollution or war. One day, XR discovers a human, Emma, who is also 12 years old, but has spent her entire life inside an underground bunker, hidden away from machines. Emma and XR form an unlikely friendship, and, with two other robotic companions, embark on a dangerous voyage in search of a mysterious point on a map, a journey that will require them to break all of the rules while also challenging ideas of prejudice.”
Sony Pictures and Warner Bros are the frontrunners fighting for distribution. However, there are no deals made yet.
The two studios have both worked with Lord and Miller in the past. Sony made both ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ and ‘Jump Street’ films, as well as ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.’ Warner Bros. have done all four of the ‘Lego’ movies, and the Lord/Miller produced ‘Storks’ and ‘Smallfoot.’
Lord and Miller will likely next direct ‘Artemis’ for 20th Century Fox. That film is an adaption of the novel by Andy Weir, the author of ‘The Martian.’
However, Borys Kit clarified on Twitter the duo are hoping to direct ‘The Last Human’ as well:
Scoop via @miagaluppo & I: With #SpiderVerse and #Lego in the spotlights, @philiplord and @chrizmillr hit Hollywood with THE LAST HUMAN, hoping to direct an adaptation of the upcoming childen's book https://t.co/8TQjK1yOQW
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) February 8, 2019
This will definitely be a hot project to keep an eye out for in the future!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter