Netflix picks up sci-fi spec script Mimi From Rio

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Dec 5, 2017

In what was reportedly a fierce bidding war, Netflix has walked away as the winner of a new sci-fi spec script, Mimi From Rio.

The script tells the tale of two brothers from the slums of Rio, who are tasked with transporting the first wholly sentient android. Deadline, who broke the story, does not specify where the android is being taken, or why these brothers are in charge of her. They do, however, say that the script has "shades of Ex-Machina and Children of Men."

So maybe these brothers are transporting the first pregnant android to safety? What do you think?

Mimi From Rio was written by Matthew K. Firpo and Ryan Firpo, whose script Ruin made the 2017 Bloodlist (an annual list of the most popular unproduced horror, sci-fi, and dark genre scripts). Ruin, a "post-WWII revenge thriller" starring Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, is due in theaters in 2018.

Clubhouse Pictures and Scott Free will both be producing Mimi From Rio alongside Netflix. Netflix has become a dominant force in original programming. Since the premiere of House of Cards in 2013, the streamer has put a lot of time and money into making and acquiring TV shows and films. Sci-fi, horror, and comic book properties seem to do especially well, with Stranger Things getting picked up for a third season, and a whole legion of Marvel properties. Their upcoming slate of genre originals includes a remake of Lost in Space; an adaptation of graphic novel The Umbrella Academy; a series based on the Shirley Jackson book, The Haunting of Hill House; a prequel series to the 1980s film Dark Crystal, and a modern take on Sabrina the Teen Witch.

Similar bidding circumstances for Mimi From Rio were also part of the deal for the upcoming Bright, starring Will Smith. Netflix allegedly paid $90 million for the project, directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad).