Little America: Universal Wins Bidding War Over Athale Dystopian Tale

The Hollywood Reporter:

Universal has won a heated bidding war for the rights to Little America, a futuristic adventure movie that Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes will produce.

Rowan Athale, the British filmmaker behind 2012’s crime thriller Wasteland, wrote the spec and is attached to direct.

Bay would produce with his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

Described as a “sci-fun story rather than “sci-fi,” the tale is set in a dystopian future where a Donald Trump-like president has bankrupt America and China has called in its debts.

The Asian giant now owns America and many Americans have immigrated to China looking for work.

In this new world, a former American Force Recon member is hired by a Chinese billionaire to go into an American ghetto and rescue his daughter.

In tone it resembles Escape From New York, the 1981 John Carpenter film that starred Kurt Russell.

Bay and his cohorts produced, along with Blumhouse Productions, the popular Purge movie series for Universal. Those movies were set in an America run by a wealthy white business class and in which once a year the people are allowed to commit atrocious crimes with no lawful repercussions.

Bay’s Platinum Dunes also produced the Ouija horror series with Blumhouse for Universal.

For Wasteland, Athale was nominated for British Independent Film Awards’ The Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director.

Vice president of production Sara Scott and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.