The Russo Brothers, directors of Captain America: Civil War as well as Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, just purchased the rights to The Electric State, an illustrated novel by Simon Stålenhag. Andy Muschietti, director of It, is in talks to direct, and Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, writers of the Russo’s Marvel movies, will adapt the screenplay.
According to Deadline, Russo Brothers Studio was one of five companies trying to acquire the book in what was a “heated bidding war.” The story is about a young girl and her pet robot who travel across America in a post-apocalyptic, but technologically advanced, version of 1997.
Stålenhag got the project started on Kickstarter and that page still lives. It includes some gorgeous art from the book, which gives an idea of the visual language and scope of the project. Here are just a few of them.
Here’s the plot description from the Kickstarter page as well.
In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot travel west through a strange USA, where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside heaped together with the discarded trash of a high tech consumerist society in decline. As their car approaches the edge of the continent, the world outside the window seems to be unraveling ever faster as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.
All of the people involved in this project are incredibly busy, so when or if this project will actually get made remains to be seen. But it’s a hell of a crop of talent with what sounds like a pretty fascinating premise. We hope it ends up being worth whatever the Russos paid for it.