Sci-fi short grows up ‘Human’ for Miramax

Bender, Powell to produce, Sapochnik to helm

NEW YORK — Miramax Films has acquired sci-fi pitch “Human,” based on Miguel Sapochnik and Ivor Powell’s short film “The Dreamer.”

Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction”) and Powell will produce. Sapochnik and Powell are writing the screenplay, with Sapochnik to direct.

Set 100 years in the future, when genetically engineered human clones are used as slaves, story concerns one clone who defies the system and leads a rebellion against the human race.

“We’re looking forward to working with Lawrence Bender, Miguel Sapochnik and Ivor Powell in developing this innovative and forward-thinking project,” said Bob Osher, Miramax co-prexy of production.

” ‘The Dreamer’ was a wonderfully executed short film that showcased Miguel Sapochnik and Ivor Powell’s extraordinary talent,” said Bender. “It is a great idea for a feature, and I am really looking forward to working with them.”

Powell is a vet sci-fi filmmaker whose producing credits include “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Alien” and “Blade Runner.” Sapochnik is a musicvid helmer from the U.K.; “The Dreamer” was directed by Sapochnik and produced by Powell.

Jeremy Kramer, senior veep of production, brought the project in and will oversee it for Miramax along with Laura Rister, director of creative affairs and casting. Osher, Dimension Films senior exec VP Michael Helfant and veep of business and legal affairs Barry Littman negotiated the pact on behalf of Miramax.

Sapochnik and Powell are repped by the Gersh Agency.

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