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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Live-Action Sci-Fi ‘Last Human’ Heads to Sony/TriStar

Duo will direct based on upcoming novel by Lee Bacon

Sony/TriStar have won a bidding war for the rights to “Last Human,” a live-action science fiction film from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Lord and Miller will direct, based on the forthcoming novel of the same name by Lee Bacon. This will be the duo’s next film following “Artemis,” based on the novel by Andy Weir, at Fox.

The film is described as a “reverse ET” and tells the story of an artificial intelligence society where three robots discover a human child. Henry Gayden, who wrote the screenplay for the upcoming DC superhero movie “Shazam!” will adapt Bacon’s novel.

Sony/TriStar won in a bidding war for the film over Netflix, Warner Bros. and Universal. President of TriStar Pictures and newly appointed head of TriStar Television Hannah Minghella will oversee for the studio.

Lord and Miller won a BAFTA for producing Sony’s animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” It’s also the sixth film for Lord and Miller at Sony, including both “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” films and both “Jump Street” films.

They are also working with Kristine Belson (president, Sony Pictures Animation) for an untitled film currently slated for the top of 2020, which will be their seventh project with the studio.

Lord and Miller are repped by UTA. Gayden is repped by UTA and Kaplan Perrone. Bacon is repped by UTA and The Gernert Company.