Former Marvel head Avi Arad and Crystal Sky Pictures are planning a $25 million-$30 million live-action/CGI feature inspired by both the tale of Pinocchio and the best-selling intelligent robot Robosapien.
Arad and Paul previously teamed on the upcoming “Bratz” movie. Arad and Max Botkin have written the script, whilst “Bratz” helmer Sean McNamara is attached to direct reports Variety.
The story concerns a scientist working on artificial intelligence who creates robots for humanitarian purposes, only to discover that the corporation he works for intends them for military use.
He steals one of his creations, a robot boy named Toby, who, by a series of accidents, gets lost and broken, and then found and fixed by the lonely 11-year-old son of a harassed single mother.
The robot and boy become friends, and embark on a series of adventures, pursued by the authorities, climaxing with them having to rescue the scientist and the mother from prison.
Arad personally designed Toby as the latest model in the Robosapiens range, to go into shops alongside the movie’s release. Shooting is scheduled to begin in November.