Jack Black Knows Precisely 'How to Survive a Robot Uprising'
With Steven Spielberg finally committing to direct the adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's forthcoming novel Robopocalypse, there's quite an update on the development of an adaptation of yet another robot-centric novel from the same engineer-turned-author. Though previously Mike Myers was attached to the big screen version of How to Survive a Robot Uprising from writers Thomas Lennon & Ben Garant, it looks like that iteration never quite got off the ground. Now io9 reports that the rights have been acquired by Jack Black, and Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink will be taking a crack at the apocalyptic comedy.
Written in the form of a how-to guidebook to help endangered humans live through and after the robotic takeover of Earth, the book takes a dry and satirical approach to the scenario recounted in sci-fi novels films a thousand times over. Apparently it's not clear if Black will star in the film or if Pink will even direct it, but they're simply developing the comedy from scratch. Hopefully, both end up much more involved in the project since it seems like a perfect fit for each of them. Likely, the best route for the film would be an action comedy in the same vein as Zombieland complete with instructional voiceover. I've been waiting for this adaptation for awhile now, so here's hoping it finally gets off the ground. Interested?