Dimension Films announced today that it has acquired the rights to the popular futuristic comedy guidebook How to Defeat Your Own Clone written by Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson. Ed Ricourt who wrote the feature treatment is also set to adapt the script. Ricourt was part of the Marvel writing program, and his script Now You See Me is currently in pre-production, starring Jesse Eisenberg and to be directed by Louis Leterrier. There is no director on Clone attached at this early stage. The announcement was made by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC).
In the year 2013 the first human clone was created and within years clones were in most homes only to be taken advantage of by their human owners and treated as slaves. Following a revolution, civil war erupted between Mankind and their Clone creations who were fighting for their freedom. The Clones won. In this new world where Clones dominate, we follow Ethan on his quest to turn the tide of the war back in our favor against impossible odds. Clones may have the same DNA blueprint as humans, but they are younger, stronger, healthier and more evolved. Is Mankind prepared to outsmart and defeat their own clones?
How to Defeat Your Own Clone is being produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson at The Gotham Group. Peter McHugh at The Gotham Group is Executive Producer. Overseeing for Dimension Films are SVP of Production, Matthew Stein and VP of Production and Creative Affairs, Matthew Signer.
"I'm excited to be working with Gotham and Ed Ricourt and feel this story has a fun and unique take on cloning that will be an entertaining movie for audiences," said Bob Weinstein.
"When I first found this book, I knew it had amazing potential for an exciting and unique film, and Ed Ricourt has delivered upon that potential. As a producer, I couldn't be more energized to be in business with Bob and my former colleagues at TWC/Dimension. This is the right home for this movie," said Eric Robinson of The Gotham Group.
The deal was negotiated for Dimension Films by Matthew Stein, Matthew Signer and Adrian Lopez, Director of Business and Legal; for The Gotham Group by George Davis at Nelson Davis Wetzstein LLP; for Ed Ricourt by CAA and George Davis at Nelson Davis Wetzstein LLP; and for Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson by Justin Manask at Office for Literary Adaptation and Marcy Morris at Jackoway Tyerman. Ricourt is represented by CAA and The Gotham Group. CAA also represents The Gotham Group who produced Abduction, directed by John Singleton, which comes out later this year.