Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment has acquired the film rights to a novel that hasn’t even been published yet, Carole Stivers’ ‘The Mother Code’, which will be released next year. Amy Louise Johnson, a writer and producer for Syfy’s now-canceled series ‘Nightflyers’, will adapt Stivers’ book into a screenplay.
Stivers is also a Silicon Valley biochemist, and her book draws inspiration from that field.
‘The Mother Code’ is set in a world in which a biological weapon has nearly destroyed the planet, leading scientists and government officials working to save the human race by placing unborn children in the care of artificially intelligent mother robots. When the government decides the machines must be destroyed, one boy who was raised and nurtured by a robot must fight to save the only parent he has ever known.
It’s unknown what role Spielberg will play, but he is likely to at least be a producer. Spielberg is no stranger to movies that deal with young people and the fantastic, having directed ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’, ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’, ‘The Adventures of Tintin’, and most recently, ‘Ready Player One’. He also served as producer of ‘Gremlins’, ‘The Goonies’, ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Young Sherlock Holmes’, and ‘Super 8’.
Spielberg is gearing up to direct the musical ‘West Side Story’. He serves as an executive producer on ‘Men In Black: International’, due out on June 14, another musical, ‘Cats’ on December 20, and the drama ‘The Turning’ due out on January 24, 2020. All three were released through Amblin. Apple is currently working on a revival of his 1980s-era anthology series ‘Amazing Stories’, which it will be offering as part of its free streaming service for users of Apple devices.
‘The Mother Code’ is just beginning development, so don’t expect to see it for a couple of years. But check back for updates!