Jack Black to adapt “How to Survive the Robot Uprising”

Sean Hunter

by: Sean Hunter
October 25th, 2010


How to Survive the Robot Uprising is one of Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant's best faux "how to" books. Jack Black makes a lot of fat jokes and sings in pretty much everything he does. How could the combination of these two things not result in hilarity?

Well, we may be getting our answer to this question sooner than you think. Io9 is reporting that Jack Black and Steve Pink (HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) have taken over the film adaptation for HSRU. Whether they will star in and direct the film or just produce it is yet to be known. Read on after the break for a short synopsis of the story outlined in the book.

How to Survive the Robot Uprising is a how-to guide about, what else, surviving total robot domination. There are no real characters in the book, just a lot of short chapters filled with ways to stay alive as robots slowly invade the free world. The film adaptation would likely follow a less broken narrative, taking elements outlined in the book and placing them in the hands of lovable lead characters (a la ZOMBIELAND).

I don't really think the book provides much film fodder, but it seems that the title is enough to get people excited enough to adapt it. Mike Myers was previously attached to the project, but decided SHREK was a better career move.

Will Black and Pink make this story work on screen? I answer with a resounding "who cares?" and a "maybe?" I guess we'll have to wait and see, as both parties are currently working on various other projects. Stay with us for more information as it comes down the pipeline.

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