Pub house Doubleday acquires joint rights

DreamWorks and Doubleday are preparing for the end of the world.

In a preemptive move, film company and publishing house have jointly acquired the rights to Daniel Wilson’s unpublished manuscript “Robopocalypse.”

Story explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.

DreamWorks, which snapped up the film rights from lit manager Justin Manask, is fast-tracking the project, while Doubleday is putting the book on the front burner, carving out a 2011 pub.

Wilson’s tome will tread territory familiar to him. His previous works include the 2005 book “How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion,” which was optioned by Paramount, and “How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Aliens, Ninjas and Zombies.” His next book, “Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown,” is scheduled for release next year. “Bro-Jitsu” was optioned by Nickelodeon Movies, with Wilson tapped to pen the adaptation.

“Daniel H. Wilson’s cautionary tale of man vs. machine grabbed us from the very beginning,” said DreamWorks co-president of production Mark Sourian. “Wilson’s background in robotics and artificial intelligence grounds his story with a frightening level of realism.”

Wilson, who earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon U.’s Robotics Institute, is a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics and hosted the History Channel’s “The Works.”

Doubleday acquired world publishing rights to “Robopocalypse” from the Linda Chester Literary Agency.

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