Bestselling author Daniel H. Wilson is set to make quite the splash in Hollywood over the next couple of years. His 2011 release, Robopocalypse, is in the hands of Steven Spielberg and Wilson’s latest book, Amped, is in development for the movie adaptation treatment with Working Title Films. Although Amped was originally optioned by Summit Entertainment in 2010, Working Title was able to acquire the rights after Summit’s merger with Lionsgate. Alex Proyas is set to direct the film but there is no time table for the film’s release and no one else is attached to the project to date.
Amped tells the near-future story of Owen Gray, a high school teacher capable of some superhuman feats, thanks to an implanted chip. When society becomes aware of the consequences of such potent technology, laws are created to control these amplified humans. Owen’s journey takes him from his school in Pennsylvania to an outpost in Oklahoma in search of protection among other Amps only to find himself caught in a growing war between the normal humans and the Amps.
Wilson is known best for the worlds he creates in his novels. No one yet knows how these worlds will be portrayed on the screen but it’s safe to say these two films will inevitably draw comparisons to one another. Sure the stories are different but the fact that two near-future science fiction novels by the same author are likely to be released within a year or two of each other, once can’t help but draw the connections. The question is: Will Proyas use Spielberg’s Robopocalypse as a blueprint or will he set out to make Amped a story all his own?
Check out an excerpt of the novel, below.