It’s been so long since we’ve heard about this one that we forgot it was even happening, but the long gestating adaptation of IDW comics’ Zombies vs. Robots is apparently still in the works. Now, almost four full years after Sony Pictures first picked up the rights, they’ve gone and hired Andrew Adamson to direct the picture, which is still called Inherit the Earth.
Variety reports that The Chronicles of Narnia (both The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian), Shrek, and Shrek 2 director has been tapped to helm the film version of the comic series from creators Ashley Wood and Chris Ryall. Though it’s been so long since we’ve heard a damn squeak from this, it sounds like it is still very much the same creative team that was in place way back when.
Michael Bay is still set to produce the picture through his Platinum Dunes, and he’s certainly got the experience working with giant robots. He’ll be joined in this endeavor by Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Dave Alpert, and Rick Jacobs, as well as Circle of Confusion and IDW Publishing. J.T. Fuller, who directed horror flick The Burrowers, wrote the original draft of the script, through Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) tackled the most recent incarnation.
Just because they’re the bad guys in Terminator doesn’t mean robots always have to be the villains. Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by the walking dead, there is only once chance at recovery and survival as a team of robots must protect and clone a baby girl, the last living human. While they go about their business, they clash with an endless swarm of flesh hungry zombies that are frustrated at not being able to eat their metal foes and mad to chow down on the last brain left on the planet.
Just like these aren’t the robots you necessarily expect, this ain’t your mama’s mindless swarming zombie horde. They’re more intelligent and evolved, similar to the undead in David Wellington’s Monster trilogy (Monster Island, Monster Nation, and Monster Planet). Some of them even have brain function and actual personality.
Part of what makes Zombies vs. Robots stand out from the crowd is the unique style of the artwork. Dreamy and cool, it doesn’t look like anything else out there. While Platinum Dunes and Bay certainly have a track record working with big mechanical beings, I hope these wind up closer to what the source images look like than the slick, sleek Transformers clones. That would be a damn shame.
There’s no timeline for Inherit the Earth, but zombies are rad, robots are rad, and you can bet your ass we’ll be keeping a close eye on this one as it develops.