Brad Pitt has signed on to produce the sci-fi thriller Alpha through his Plan B Productions, with Canadian filmmaker Anthony Scott Burns set to make his feature directorial debut. It isn't known if Brad Pitt plans on starring in Alpha at this time, but he will produce with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson came up with the original story and will write the screenplay himself. While no specific story details were given, the plot is said to be a sci-fi survival tale that is compared to the works of Jack London (Call of the Wild, White Fang).

Part of the pitch was a commercial for a fake company that is central to the story, which Anthony Scott Burns shot himself. While Alpha will mark the Toronto-based filmmaker's directorial debut, he garnered attention for directing a fan-made trailer entitled Tron Destiny, and a short film entitled Manifold, both of which can be seen on the filmmker's Vimeo page.

While Daniel H. Wilson is best known for his books Robopocalypse and How to Survive a Robot Uprising, he has also written a number of screenplays, such as MGM's Cherry 2000 remake and an adaptation of his book Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibing Rivalry for Nickelodeon.