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Amped follows Robopocalypse to film

Amped.jpgAfter reading Robocalypse which I turned to knowing that it was set to be made into a film, I decided to read more of Daniel H. Wilson and turned to his novel Amped. I really enjoyed it and wanted to read more about the ideas and the characters and when I tweeted as much Wilson replied promising just that.

Little did I know that he also was working on getting Amped to the big screen and following Robocalypse, and news today confirms that this is exactly what he's doing.

The novel Amped (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) carries the following blurb:

Technology makes them superhuman. But mere mortals want them kept in their place. Enter a stunning world where technology and humanity clash in terrifying and surprising ways. Some people are implanted with upgrades that make them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of 'amplified' humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray discovers that his seizure-supressing medical implant is actually a powerful upgrade. Owen joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as 'amps' and is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumoured, a group of the most enhanced amps are about to change the world - or destroy it.

As I say I really enjoyed it and took to the characters and story really easily, and I wanted more, something that the studios will be keen to hear I'm sure.

Amped was going to be made into a film already; back in 2010 it was set up with a deal at Summit Entertainment but the rights lapsed and it has since been picked up by Working Title Films, and that sounds like that could be a good move.

The news, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is that Alex Proyas is set to direct the film, the man of Dark City and I, Robot which sounds like a really good mix for Amped, in fact much of Proyas' work sounds like it would match the story well.

With Robopocalypse being directed by Steven Spielberg it's clear that Wilson is on a rapid rise in Hollywood, now he just needs to write more and faster and we'll all benefit. I'm excited to see Robopocalypse but I think I'm more excited to find out about Amped and how that is going to make it through to the big screen.




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