The latest comic book to (potentially) be made into a future film is IDW’s Zombies vs. Robots, which the publisher announced today as optioned by Sony Pictures.
The series started as a two-issue series by writer/IDW CCO Chris Ryall and artist Ashley Wood in 2006, inspiring subsequent follow-ups Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons and Zombies vs. Robots Adventure. Given the perennial box office appeal of both zombies and robots, the news shouldn’t be seen as too surprising, right? Full press release follows after the jump.
San Diego, CA (February 22, 2011) – IDW Publishing’s popular ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS comic series is headed to Hollywood. The series, which was created by writer and IDW Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall and artist/painter Ashley Wood and launched in 2006, has been acquired by Sony Pictures.
The film will be a co-production between IDW, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, and Circle of Confusion. IDW CEO and co-founder Ted Adams will produce, alongside Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Dave Alpert, and Rick Jacobs.
In the ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS comic series, the last remaining human in the world is protected by an assortment of robots against overwhelming zombie hordes. When the robots mistakenly expose the human infant’s presence to the zombies, it leads to an all-out battle for the survival of mankind. The series takes a playful look at a far-fetched concept, resulting in something that transcends the usual “vs” approach. Subsequent series include Zombies vs Robots vs Amazons, also illustrated by Wood, as well as Zombies vs Robots: Aventure, a series that presented three separate prequel stories. The ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS world also played a major role in IDW’s first-ever event series, INFESTATION, and an all-new ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS series subtitled “UnderCity,” with art by Mark Torres, launches in April.