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THR is reporting that Universal Pictures has won a bidding war for Little America, a new “sci-fun” tale set in a dystopian United States following a “Trump-like” presidency which has left the country bankrupt.
The project takes place in a future where China has called in its debts and now owns the USA, with many American having emigrated to China in search of work. In a plot reminiscent of Escape From New York, a former American Force Recon member is hired by a Chinese billionaire to go into an American ghetto to rescue his daughter.
- Gary Collinson
The pop culture response to the spectre of Donald Trump continues to build, with a fierce bidding war for a new film project culminating in a victory for Universal. The studio reportedly fought hard for the rights to Little America, and has now attached Michael Bay to produce the film – with writer-director Rowan Athale taking the helm.
This is a big moment for Athale, whose only previous credit is the 2012 film Wasteland (also known as The Rise), which he wrote and directed. That film saw a man seek revenge against a local drug kingpin, while trying to win back his girlfriend. Little America, it would seem, takes those same ‘male-hero/damsel-in-distress’ themes and builds upon them with commentary on the current political climate.
It is set in a dystopian future in which a megalomaniacal businessman has won the U.S Presidency, and has succeeded in bankrupting the nation after China calls in its sizeable debts. »
- Sarah Myles
Kayti Burt Jan 26, 2017
Little America will be set in a future where a "Trump-like" president has bankrupted America. Michael Bay is producing.
If you're looking for escapist entertainment to avoid thinking about the current socio-political climate, Universal's upcoming dystopian action thriller Little America might not be it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal just won the bidding war for Little America, the spec script written by Rowan Athale. Athale will direct the film, with Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes producing.
The premise of Little America? In a dystopian future where a "Trump-like" president has bankrupted the United States and China is calling in its debts, Americans begin immigrating to China to find work.
In the midst of this political climate, a Chinese billionaire hires a former American Force Recon member to rescue his daughter from an American ghetto. Action thriller or prophetic documentary? We'll let you decide. According to THR's sources, »
Fresh off his latest film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” about the real-life attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, Michael Bay is set to release his new film “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth film in the live-action “Transformers” series, this summer. But Bay is also producing other films that are in the pipeline, including “Little America,” a futuristic adventure film set in the United States that features a Trump-like president.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bay and his production company Platinum Dunes are set to produce the film from British filmmaker Rowan Athale (“Wasteland”), who wrote the spec script and is also attached to direct. Set in a dystopian future where America is bankrupt because China has called in its debts, the film follows a former America Force Recon member who is »
- Vikram Murthi
“Little America” is described as being reminiscent of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 sci-fi action-thriller “Escape From New York,” starring Kurt Russell. “Little America” is set in a time where America is so bankrupt that China is calling all the shots.
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- Dave McNary
25 January 2017 7:38 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Described by sources as a “sci-fun” story rather than “sci-fi,” the tale is set in a dystopian future where a Donald Trump-like president has bankrupted America and China has called in its debts. The Asian giant now »
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