Universal Nabs Rights to Michael Bay’s Post-Trump Dystopian Thriller ‘Little America’

Rowan Athale wrote the spec and is attached to direct

Universal has won the bidding war for Michael Bay’s “Little America,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Rowan Athale wrote the spec and is attached to direct. Bay is a producer on the project along with partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

The film is reminiscent of “Escape from New York.” It’s set in a time where America has been so bankrupt that China must call all the shots.

This won’t be the first dystopian-like movie from Bay, who along with Blumhouse Productions also produced the “Purge” franchise for Universal. His other producer credits include “13 Hours,” “Project Almanac,” “Ouija” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.”

Vice President of Production Sara Scott and Creative Executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

Athale is represented by WME and Grandview, as well as the U.K.’s 42. Bay is also represented by WME.