Producer nabs feature rights to 'Robot'
Jerry Bruckheimer’s going to war.The producer has snapped up feature rights to the graphic novel “World War Robot” from IDW Publishing. Story, penned by Ashley Wood and recounted in war-diary form by participants on both sides, centers on a small band of humans and robots facing off in a battle on Earth, the moon and Mars. Wood and IDW topper Ted Adams are expected to exec produce. Deal for the rights closed during Comic-Con last week in San Diego. Bruckheimer, as usual, hasn’t commented on the pact. Ten-year-old IDW is home to such titles as “30 Days of Night,” “Popbot” and “Dark Days” along with licensed titles such as “24,” “Angel,” “CSI” and the Transformers toy line. IDW has been eager to set up its books as film properties around town in order to generate more coin for the publishers. It’s currently the third-largest behind Marvel and DC. The adaptation of the company’s “30 Days of Night,” released by Sony in 2007, grossed $40 million domestically.