Marvel Studio’s favorite directing duo, Joe and Anthony Russo, have won a heated bidding war for The Electric State, a narrative art book from Simon Stalenhag. The brothers will produce the adaptation and they are looking to bring on Andy Muschietti to direct.
The Electric State is an illustrated novel by the amazing Swedish author and artist Simon Stalenhag. The book, like his Tales From the Loop and Things From the Flood before, were successfully funded through Kickstarter. This book, which has not yet seen a wide release, is filled with some incredible concept art and a narrative story. Here’s a synopsis from the official Kickstarter page:
In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot travel west through a strange USA, where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside heaped together with the discarded trash of a high tech consumerist society in decline. As their car approaches the edge of the continent, the world outside the window seems to be unraveling ever faster as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.
Although nothing is official yet, the Russo brothers are in talks with Andy and Barbara Muschietti with the intent to bring the It (2017) director on to helm the project. They will also bring on the Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the screenwriters behind Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and the two upcoming Avengers films. This promises to be an epic tale set in a dystopian past that will look a little familiar to us all.
Muschietti has been in high demand since the release of It this Fall, so getting him signed on for this film may prove difficult. The book is has a balance of nostalgia and dystopian horror, seemingly perfect for Andy and his visual team. Let’s hope that they can pull this off without disturbing the production of It: Chapter 2. I repeat, WITHOUT DISTURBING THE PRODUCTION OF IT: CHAPTER 2! We will be keeping an eye on this project over at Nightmare on Film Street, so be sure to join our Facebook Group to stay updated.