After a fierce bidding war that included over four different studios, the rights to Simon Stålenhag's illustrated novel The Electric State have been won by Russo Brothers Studio. The Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War) will produce, and It director Andy Muschietti is in talks to sit in the director's seat.
The original novel takes a reimagined look at the mid-'90s, and by reimagined we mean a tech-lite, apocalyptic American West, as you can see on the book's Kickstarter campaign. The novel is widely praised for its artwork, which gives readers a fantastic visual scope to compliment the book. Stålenhag is also the author and artist behind Tales from the Loop and its sequel, Things from the Flood, which both imagine "a machine-haunted 1980's childhood in the Swedish suburbs," according to NPR. The Electric State was the author's first time implementing his vision on an American canvas.
Frequent Russo brothers screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War) will adapt the script. According to Deadline, the Russos state, “The opportunity to partner with inspirational talents like Simon, Andy, Chris and Steve is exactly the reason we started our company. We can’t wait to help this team create something special.”
Stålenhag is set to executive produce, along with his partner Julia Angelin.
The Russo Brothers have an unbeaten track record at the moment, so this could be yet another property that they spin into gold. Add in the talents of Muschietti, who turned It into a phenomenon this past year, as well as the stunning story and artwork of Stålenhag, and we could be looking at something special. What do you think?