UPDATE: Phil Lord & Chris Miller Will Direct ‘The Last Human’ From ‘Shazam’ Writer, For Sony’s Tri-Star
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 known as “reverse E.T.” started a bidding war between several studios. Everyone from Warner Bros., Universal and Netflix to Paramount, New Regency, and MRC wanted in on this hot commodity. However, Sony’s Tri-Star was the victor.
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.”
Moreover, Lord and Miller have worked with Sony many times in the past. The studio made both ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ and ‘Jump Street’ films, as well as ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.’
Two more ‘Spider-Verse’ films are on the way too, a direct sequel and a female ensemble spin-off. The power duo are also working with Kristine Belson for an untitled animated film currently set for January 10, 2020. Belson is the president of Sony Pictures Animation.
However, before doing ‘The Last Human,’ Lord and Miller will next direct ‘Artemis’ for 20th Century Fox. That film is an adaption of the novel by Andy Weir, the author of ‘The Martian.’
‘The Last Human’ does not yet have a release date.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter