Robert Zemeckis has produced, written, and directed some of Hollywood’s most beloved and innovative sci-fi and fantasy films. From Back to the Future to Contact to Forrest Gump to Beowulf — each new film by this legendary filmmaker has been an event. In recent years, however, he’s focused on more realistic or non-fiction projects. Until now.
Variety is reporting that Zemeckis is partnering with STX Entertainment and China’s Alibaba Pictures on a new sci-fi action movie, Steel Soldiers. Zemeckis will produce, but there are no other casting or crew announcements yet. The creative team is also looking beyond a theatrical release, seeking to expand the project onto other platforms (possibly including video games, streaming series, mobile apps).
Steel Soldiers examines the battlefield of the future, wherein humans and androids fight side-by-side. Adam Fogelson of STX provides some additional context:
“The film follow a disgraced Special Forces officer being forced to train a new team of high-tech, but imperfect android soldiers, turn them into elite military officers, and lead them in a deadly mission to rescue the robot’s creator.”
Sounds like a bit of Avatar blended with classic Star Wars, which is one helluva high-concept. This is the kind of project Zemeckis regularly tackled in the 90s, so his return to sci-fi is a big deal. The script was written by Ken Kaufman, who’s no stranger to the subject-matter (Space Cowboys, The Expendables 2).
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