John Davis to produce actioner ‘Archetype’

Pic marks directorial debut of Aaron Sims

John Davis has picked up rights to “Archetype,” a short film written and directed by Aaron Sims.

Sims will make his feature directorial debut on the adaptation of the short. The hyphenate runs the Aaron Sims Co. visual effects banner, which most recently worked on “Sucker Punch,” “Clash of the Titans” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

“The Help” exec producer John Norris is on board to produce. Brittany Morrissey will oversee for Davis Entertainment.

Newcomers Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy (not to be confused with the exec producer of “Glee” and “American Horror Story”) will pen the script.

Film will center around futuristic society in which robots are used to stave off rebellions until one robot joins the rebels. Project attracted interest from Hollywood after Sims’ short went viral on YouTube last year.

Davis Entertainment bought “Archetype” out of its discretionary fund. The Fox-based shingle most recently produced “Chronicle,” a sleeper budgeted at $12 million which has grossed nearly $60 million since its Feb. 3 release.

Sims’ design credits also include “Big Fish” and “War of the Worlds.”

Paradigm reps Sims, Busick and Murphy. Brucks Entertainment and 3 Arts rep Busick and Murphy.

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