DreamWorks preemptively nabbed the sci-fi pitch “James P. Crow,” based on a Philip K. Dick short story, for mid-six figures, the studio confirmed Tuesday.
Michael Hackett and David Solomon will produce the project through their deal at Davis Entertainment. Dick fiction has been the genesis of such pics as “Blade Runner,” “Total Recall” and “Screamers.”
Scribe David Atkins, Hackett and Solomon brought the pitch based on the story to DreamWorks exec Jason Hoffs. Atkins, who is based in New York, will script.
Pic, described as a technological “Planet of the Apes,” is set in the future when robots are the dominant species and mankind has forgotten its former hegemony. One man discovers the truth and must rise through the robotic society in order to put things right.
Hoffs will oversee it for DreamWorks with Bob Cooper, who runs production for the studio.
Atkins’ credits include “Arizona Dreamer,” an indie pic starring Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway, and scripts for “The Last of the Human Beings” with Luc Besson attached to direct and “Ford” with Oliver Stone attached to helm.
Hackett and Solomon have set up three projects through Davis at DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox.
ICM’s Doug MacLaren and Leora Bloch brokered Atkins’ deal.