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Gareth Edwards is Developing a New 'Robot Star Wars' Sci-Fi Project

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August 5, 2011
Source: SlashFilm

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Juicy details on another one of Monsters director Gareth Edwards' upcoming projects. If you remember late last year we wrote about a new futuristic sci-fi Edwards was in the works on with producer Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, The Dark Hour, Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), but not many details were known. Well, SlashFilm nabbed an early tip on what it's about and it sounds pretty damn cool. As described, it's an "epic human story, set in a futuristic world without humanity." What that means, apparently, is that it will involve a young kid who travels around the galaxy with a robot - it's being pitched as "a robot Star Wars."

The pitch, which still doesn't even have a title, follows a "young human child (probably around 5 years old) and a robot who travel across the galaxy in search of mankind's origin in a world void of humanity and filled with robots." That aforementioned "epic human story" logline seems fitting and he's aiming to get a budget of around $35 million. But of course, he'll stretch those resources as much as they can. "It will require all my resources. The trick is to take the positive elements of having more money and the positive elements of having no money, and try to combine the two," Edwards' mentioned previously. Plus, SlashFilm also says that "they are still figuring out the script, so it might evolve from there" as the project develops, which makes sense. But based on all the descriptions so far, I'm definitely interested, this sounds awesome.

Gareth Edwards has been hitting it big in Hollywood ever since Monsters arrived on the festival circuit last year. He's currently working with Legendary Pictures on developing a new Godzilla movie, but considering it wasn't even brought up at Comic-Con in their production update, and it's getting a big script polish from David S. Goyer, it's still a long ways off. So in the meantime, Edwards is also developing this. He won't be directing the Monsters sequel, but is executive producing it. Honestly, I am excited for whatever Edwards directs next, I just hope we don't have to wait until 2013 to see it! But we'll continue to keep you updated.

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  • Jericho
    i read this now and wonder...where the hell did the ThumbWars Prequel go?
  • Anonymous
    How the f*@k:disqus  is "a young kid and a robot, travel around the galaxy void of humanity, in search of mankind's origin" anything like Star Wars? Gareth and Timur (for all their talent) need to be slapped. Oh and yes I fixed the stupidity in their quote itself... "search the galaxy... in a world void of humanity". So is it just the kid's homeworld void of humaity... or are they traveling in a world-type spaceship that is voice of humanity? It is an interesting concept, and the only thing close I remember would be A.I.. Promising film, terrible 'pitch'.
    • guest
      Akirakorn.....pitch your idea fuck-face, I'm all ears. :)
  • frank
    I appreciate what he did with a limited budget and his decent FX, but Monsters was Bo-ring!
  • Dom
    So another story of someone wondering around. I see repeat strategy written all over this! Also sounds a lot like A.I. - still I like what he's doing so best of luck with this, interesting to see if he can keep up the momentum. 😉 one to watch.

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