World War Robot: Brukheimer Buys Screen Rights for IDW Publishing

July 31, 2009–Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has acquired the feature rights to the graphic novel “World War Robot” from IDW Publishing.   Penned by Ashley Wood, the story relates in war-diary form by participants on both sides how a small band of humans and robots face off in a battle on Earth, the moon and Mars.

The deal for the rights closed during Comic-Con last week in San Diego.  IDW has such titles as “30 Days of Night,” “Popbot” and “Dark Days,” along with licensed titles such as “24,” “Angel,” and the Transformers toy line.

Currently the third-largest behind Marvel and DC, IDW has been interested in sellingtheir books as film projects in order to generate more money for the publishers.  The adaptation of IDW’s “30 Days of Night,” released by Sony in 2007, was a modest success ($40 million).