Robots are the New Zombies — ‘Zombieland’ Writers Take on ‘Epsilon’ Project

Sarah Jakubowski September 15, 2012 0
Robots are the New Zombies — ‘Zombieland’ Writers Take on ‘Epsilon’ Project

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the duo who brought us 2009′s Zombieland, are ushering in another apocalypse.  This time, with robots!  The film will be called Epsilon.  It takes place after a failed robot/electronic uprising.  After an unsuccessful rebellion, the remaining robots regroup and attempt to breed their own human lab rats to be used as servants and spies.  Meanwhile, the rest of the world is left with pretty much zilch electronics.

Joining Reese and Wernick will be Michael DeLuca, producer of The Social Network and Moneyball. DeLuca’s currently working on 50 Shades of Grey, so he’s certainly covering all genres.  First sex, then robot apocalypse?  Sure, why not.  This will be the first time he’s collaborated with Reese and Wernick on a project, so it should be interesting seeing what they come up with.

So what sort of movie is this going to be?  Comedy? Action? A thoughtful commentary on times to come?  For now all we’ve got is speculation  Sony Pictures has only just signed on, so the wheels on this project have only started rolling.  The plot will focus on one of the human spies under robot supervision, who apparently has enough humanity in him to want to fight the system.  I feel like that calls for a little more of a serious touch than what we saw in Zombieland, but it’s really too soon to judge.

Robots shmobots, these two are the real face of the apocalypse.

Reese and Wernick have a lot on their plates right now, so Epsilon might not pick up steam for a while.  They’re also working on a spin-off film of Marvel’s Deadpool, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and possibly a Zombieland sequel.

Reel Movie Nation will keep you in the loop.  In the meantime, what do you think?  Can Reese, Wernick, and DeLuca come up with a must-see or is the end of the world premise old news?  Let us know in the comments!