Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes Will Adapt ‘Zombies Vs. Robots’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 11:05 am,

Undead enthusiasts love zombie flicks. Moviegoers hungry for CGI robot mayhem have turned out in large numbers to see Michael Bay’s Transformers movies. It’s a wonder Hollywood hasn’t attempted to combine these different ingredients before now. Enter Zombies vs. Robots.

Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood’s graphic novel about the battle between machine and (undead) man. Bay’s Platinum Dunes will co-produce a film adaptation.

Zombies vs. Robots centers around a young girl who’s the last human survivor on Earth in the wake of the zombpocalypse. A group of advanced robots are designed to protect her from the undead, including a collection of zombies who have evolved and developed greater intelligence.

That’s the basic setup for this sci-fi/horror genre hybrid, which already has a sequel titled Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons. Perhaps if the cinematic adaptation of ZvR proves to be a hit, we’ll see a followup that throws Wonder Woman into the mix as well. icon razz Michael Bays Platinum Dunes Will Adapt Zombies Vs. Robots

J.T. Petty wrote the screenplay for the Batman Begins video game, along with a few Splinter Cell titles, and Deadline says he’s already turned the ZvR comic book into a spec script titled Inherit the Earth. Expect the film version to retain the paperback novel’s original name, much for the same reason that Jon Favreau didn’t re-dub his cinematic take on Cowboys & Aliens, despite the project having little to do with its inspiration – because it’s an attention-grabbing, high-concept title.

Zombies Vs. Robots movie being produced by Michael Bay Michael Bays Platinum Dunes Will Adapt Zombies Vs. Robots

How’s this for a cross-over?

Zombie fever is still pretty high, going off the popularity of The Walking Dead and a number of in-development movies (Breathers, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) that involve the flesh-easting monsters. Even this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides throws zombie buccaneers into the mix of supernatural creatures and villains.

Robots will be storming theaters for the next while as well. Bays’s extraterrestrial Transformers will arrive this summer in the trilogy concluding Dark of the Moon, followed by boxing metal men in the fall’s Real Steel. That’s not to mention that Steven Spielberg has Robopocalypse on the horizon, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer is actively developing an adaptation of the comic book World War Robot – which, as it were, was illustrated by ZvR‘s Ashley Wood as well.

Zombies vs. Robots should certainly boast some impressive production values, what with Bay behind it – and once you look past the goofy title, it does have a mildly intriguing premise. However, best to wait and see who ends up signing on to direct and star in the film before jumping to too many conclusions about its potential.

Source: Deadline

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. you’ve got to be kiddin’ me what next a pirate vs ninja movie f*** off and get better writers you stupid pricks.

    • Actually, quite a few people love the idea of pirates fighting ninjas, so that wouldn’t surprise me. :)

      As for the writer on this, his resume, as described, doesn’t sound horrible (though certainly not fantastic either). The premise, though a comic series, does seem to hold video game qualities.

      I’m amused by what might potentially come out of this…

  2. I haven’t read the comic but I cannot possibly imagine the zombies winning. 8)


  3. Yay!!! Yet another zombie movie getting made. Well, at least this one has robots in it.

  4. Zombies? Check.
    Robots? Check.
    Last human survivor is a chick (probably hot)? Check.
    I’m in!

    • LOL. :-P


  5. I’m already bored and confused…

    This just sounds dumb, but i can expect alot of explosions.

    • How are you bored when Robots, Zombies, and Michael Bay are thrown together. Sure it may not be good, but like the transformers flicks it could be very entertaining

      • Quoting Family Guy there but this just sounds like garbage.

  6. you know what would be a kick-ass movie (based on a comic), alien vs predator vs rambo or rambo vs terminator or even terminator vs robocop :D

  7. Let’s hope it’s better than “Ninjas vs Zombies”.

  8. How in the world would the ZOmbies have a chance? There only chance against humans is they can eat them. I’m even Zombies teeth aren’t strong enough to chew steel. And if they bite a robot does it turn into a Zombie Robot? SOmebody out there had to have read this … clues?

    • @INK
      The article did say that there will be evolved zombies, smart zombies. Maybe they will figure out a way to hack into the robot software, or create an EMP to disable the robots. This could be interesting but knowing Bay, probably not.

  9. Its all about the numbers, its the herd mentality, they overwhelm you with sheer numbers

  10. why would a zombie attack a robot? they’re mechanical, whereas zombies crave flesh. ah, but these ARE “smart” zombies. sounds like “sparkly” vampire stupidity.

  11. This is not a bad idea though. Sounds good.