Right, there’s a lot of people involved here so try and keep up. The Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony Russo, have won a competitive bidding war for the rights to The Electric State, an illustrated novel from artist Simon Stalenhag. The Captain America: Civil War filmmakers will team up with Andy and Barbara Muschietti, Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder to produce the film.
Andy Muschietti (It) will direct the film, which comes from a script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote all three of Marvel’s Captain America movies and have also collaborated with the Russo brothers on The Winter Solider all the way through to Avengers 4.
Got all that? The illustrated novel follows a runaway teenager and her toy robot on a journey through an alternate-reality 1997 USA, where the high-tech consumerist society is in decline. The artbook was produced with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.
“The opportunity to partner with inspirational talents like Simon, Andy, Chris and Steve is exactly the reason we started our company”, the Russos said, referring to their Russo Brothers Studios. “We can’t wait to help this team create something special”.
That’s a lot of talented people involved with the project, and while the synopsis for the novel is vague, it certainly sounds intriguing and seems to be the kind of project with a large visual scope that can be easily adapted to the big screen.
Both sibling teams are very in-demand right now, so they’ll have plenty of projects to choose from, and this sounds like one that’s separate from the many franchises and remakes currently dominating Hollywood, and hopefully the originality of the novel can get the creative juices flowing for a successful film adaptation.