EXCLUSIVE: With Alex Proyas poised to produce and potentially direct, Summit Entertainment has just closed a deal for screen rights to AMP, a near-future science fiction thriller novel by Daniel H. Wilson. The novel is set in a world where the technology designed to make the disabled whole, turns them into supermen. Deal was low six against seven figures.
It’s the second major happening for Wilson this fall, after Steven Spielberg committed to direct his novel Robopocalypse, about an apocalyptic robot uprising, for DreamWorks. Spielberg will start shooting the Drew Goddard-scripted film in January, 2012 and Disney’s Touchstone will distribute in 2013.
Wilson’s book has been at the center of an auction that has played out over the past several weeks. I’m told that aside from Summit, Working Title and Paramount also chased a novel that has a mix of scifi action and political allegory reminiscent of District 9. Wilson took the Summit deal because he was impressed by Proyas, who’ll shoot the picture at a modest budget in Australia under his Mystery Clock Cinema banner. Wilson is writing the book, and the plan is to hire a screenwriter who’ll take his novel pages and draft them into script form, the way Goddard did while Wilson was scribbling away on Robopocalypse.
AMP was acquired by Doubleday, which will publish Robopocalypse in June, 2011. Stephen Schneider (Area 51) will be an executive producer along with Justin Manask. Latter brokered the deal along with attorney Marcy Morris for the Linda Chester Literary Agency.
Proyas last directed and produced Knowing for Summit. He’s repped by CAA.