Just days after the spec package was announced teaming Oscar winner Tom Hanks with Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik for sci-fi film Bios, Amblin Entertainment has won the bidding war to acquire that package with plans to distribute through Universal.
Written by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell, the post-apocalyptic story is about a robot programmed to protect his creator’s dog, forming a new bond of love and friendship between the two.
Powell and Sapochnik previously did the sci-fi short The Dreamers together, co-writing the project for Powell to produce and Sapochnik to direct.
Kevin Misher (Carrie, Public Enemies) is producing Bios with ImageMovers’ Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine and Powell with Bob Zemeckis, Luck and Sapochnik as executive producers. They’re hoping for an early 2008 start for production.
Amblin continues to acquire and develop sci-fi projects including the Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly-written Intelligent Life, which Rebecca Thomas will direct, and they just announced a Men in Black spin-off film written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.
Hanks is repped by CAA while Sapochnik is with WME and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and Sloane Offer. Powell is repped by Adam Rosen.
This news was first reported on by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor