'We're the Millers' Star Will Poulter Gets iPhone Superpowers in 'iBoy'
Radioactive spiders, chemical spills, gamma rays and more have give everyday people superpowers in the comic book world, but now we'll get a new spin on the superhero from across the pond with iBoy. ScreenDaily reports We're the Millers star Will Poulter, all grown up from his days in Son of Rambow, will lead an adaptation of Kevin Brooks' hit thriller novel which follows a teenage boy who gets super powers when shattered fragments of an iPhone get lodged in his brain. Yeah, it sounds a little silly, but the praise for the book seems to indicate that there's a very cool story to be told. So who will direct the flick? Read on!
First, here's the official synopsis of the book:
What can he do with his new powers -- and what are they doing to him?
Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teen. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualized App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. And they're having an extraordinary effect on his every thought.
Because now Tom knows, sees, and can do more than any normal boy ever could. But with his new powers comes a choice: To avenge Lucy, the girl he loves, will he hunt down the vicious gangsters who hurt her? Will he take the law into his own electric hands and exterminate them from the South London housing projects where, by fear and violence, they rule?
Commercials director Adam Randall will make his feature directorial debut, and here's his official reel:
The script will come from Joe Barton, who was named on of the 2013 Screen Stars of Tomorrrow. After looking at Randall's reel above, not to mention getting a glimpse of the more serious acting Will Poulter can do when I visited the set of The Maze Runner, this project sounds like it could be a hit. Randall shot a teaser that will be shown at American Film Market to get buyers interested in the film from Pretty Pictures in the Unites States and Wigwam Films in the United Kingdom. If all goes well with Metro International's dealings at AFM, production will begin in February. We'll keep our eye on this one.