Dimension Films has announced that it has picked up the rights to How to Defeat Your Own Clone, the book by bioengineers Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson, which mixes science with irreverent humor in order explore the realities of cloning while imagining the near-future possibilities (and hazards) in a world in which cloning is common.
But of course, the movie version of the book will be slightly different (for reasons of dramatic storytelling), but one thing you can definitely count on: there will be clones.
The movie version of How to Defeat Your Own Clone will be based on a story treatment by Ed Ricourt, who will also adapt the screenplay. Ricourt currently has another script, Now You See Me in the pre-production stages, with Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) attached to star and Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk) directing. Ricourt was also a part of the Marvel writing program - so he is all but geek certified.
Dimension has released an early synopsis for the film, which you can read below:
In the year 2013 the first human clone was created and within years clones were in most homes only to be taken advantage of by their human owners and treated as slaves. Following a revolution, civil war erupted between Mankind and their Clone creations who were fighting for their freedom. The Clones won. In this new world where Clones dominate, we follow Ethan on his quest to turn the tide of the war back in our favor against impossible odds. Clones may have the same DNA blueprint as humans, but they are younger, stronger, healthier and more evolved. Is Mankind prepared to outsmart and defeat their own clones?
That plot echoes a lot of other sci-fi movies involving cloning or human beings find some way to replicate themselves. Given the source material (which is heavy on the science angle as much as the comedy), it'll be interesting to see how this film distinguishes itself, since it seems more geared toward being action/thriller sci-fi.
No word yet on who would star in the film or who might direct, but as the script is hammered out I'm sure we'll being more on that front.
In the meantime, sci-fi fans: are you looking for a good quality clone flick? It feels like it's been awhile and aliens, zombies, and other supernatural creatures could use a break, no?
We'll keep you updated on How to Defeat Your Own Clone as more develops.
In the meantime: Do you know about these OTHER satirical survival guides that are becoming movies?
Source: Dimension Films