Sony acquires sci-fi project “Epsilon” from writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. From THR:
Epsilon is set after an initial robot rebellion ended in failure and Earth operates on almost no electronics. The remaining robots seek refuge on a space station and begin to raise their own human lab rats, which they train to act as their agents. The main character is a man who discovers he is more human than he thought.
This sounds like a big budget project. Science fiction to boot. Robot rebellions and robot / human relationships seem to be narrative elements fans of the genre would connect with. In addition Reese and Wernick are an established team having written the big hit Zombieland and attached to several projects in development, so even though high-priced sci-fi projects are often ones that make studio execs worry the most, the writers obviously hit that comfort level. Writing a strong script with a compelling genre concept doesn’t hurt.
By my count, this is the 74th spec script sale in 2012.
There were 66 spec script sales by this time last year.
The 74th spec script didn’t sell last year until October 5th.
Spec script sales are up 11% year-to-date compared to 2011.