Dreamworks' "The Wild Robot" adaptation coming soon

Dreamworks' "The Wild Robot" adaptation coming soon

Jul 09, 2024Alan Wong

DreamWorks Animation, creators of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon, has adapted The Wild Robot for the silver screen. Adapted from the bestselling middle-grade novel series by the award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown, this animated feature follows a robot named Roz who is stranded on an island and learns to survive in the wild and befriend the island's wildlife.

Chris Sanders, who co-directed the How To Train Your Dragon movies and Lilo & Stitch, among others, will be directing. Starring voices include Lupita Nyong'o as Roz, Pedro Pascal, Kit Connor, Bill Nighy, and Mark Hamill. The film is distributed by Universal Pictures.

Finding herself on a remote and uninhabited (by humans) island upon activation, ROZZUM unit 7134 or "Roz" has no idea where she is or how she ended up there. However, she intends to survive, and learns from the local wildlife how to go about life on the island. She also adopts a gosling and soon makes herself at home where she is, but things are set to change...

Robot in the wild

While working on a picture book called The Curious Garden, Brown sketched many "scenes of nature living in surprising places. And that got me thinking about scenes of unnatural things living in surprising places, and I made a few sketches like [one of a robot in a tree]." In his mind, he wondered, "What would an intelligent robot do in the wilderness?"

Thus was planted the seed of what would become The Wild Robot, and the beginning of another adventure in writing and publication of a book. The first book took eight years to complete, and answered the question Brown posed to himself back then.

Upon its publication in 2016, The Wild Robot received positive reviews and became a bestseller. The next book, The Wild Robot Escapes, picks up where the previous book left off. The third book in the series, The Wild Robot Protects, was published in September 2023.

The Wild Robot is scheduled to be released on 20 September 2024. Until then, maybe check out the books in the series?

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