Deadline is reporting that the Russo Brothers Studio has just locked down the rights to produce an adaptation of the Kickstarter-funded The Electric State. The book wasn’t just any book, though. It’s a self-proclaimed “narrative art book” from Simon Stålenhag that takes place in an alternate and creepy version of the ‘90s.
Here’s the synopsis:
“In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot travel west through a strange USA, where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside heaped together with the discarded trash of a high tech consumerist society in decline. As their car approaches the edge of the continent, the world outside the window seems to be unraveling ever faster as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.”
The Russo Brothers will be producing the project, and currently in negotiations to helm is is none other than IT director Andy Muschietti. Given the book’s creepy tone, it’s certainly right up his alley.
On board to write the script for this film are Marvel Studios veterans Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote the last two Captain America films and the upcoming Avengers films for the Russo Brothers. Clearly, there’s a dynamic there that works.
While there isn’t a whole lot known a bout this project as a whole, it’s certainly a unique one, and in an industry that goes out of its way to find ways to rehash old stories, this is a breath of fresh air.
In a statement to Deadline, The Russo Brothers said:
“The opportunity to partner with inspirational talents like Simon, Andy, Chris and Steve is exactly the reason we started our company. We can’t wait to help this team create something special.”
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