An upcoming sci-fi feature film with a budget estimated at $70 million called ‘b’ has reportedly cast its lead role and it’s an artificially intelligent robot named Erica.
According to reports, Bandit Capital Media whose financed productions include ‘To The Bone’ and ‘Loving Vincent’ is partnering with Happy Moon Production and New York’s 10Ten Media to finance the upcoming sci-fi movie. ‘b’s storyline centers around a scientist who discovers the program he created to perfect human DNA is dangerous and ultimately helps the A.I. woman, Erica escape.
Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawa made Erica in real life and have enabled her to not only act, but understand the principles of method acting. The film is written by Eric Pham, Tarek Zohdy, and Sam Khoze. “In other methods of acting, actors involve their own life experiences in the role,” says Khoze. “But Erica has no life experiences. She was created from scratch to play the role. We had to simulate her motions and emotions through one-on-one sessions, such as controlling the speed of her movements, talking through her feelings, and coaching character development and body language.”
‘b’ started filming in 2019 in Japan and the movie is expected to continue to film in Europe in June 2021. The director of b and the robot’s human co-star have yet to be confirmed.
In relevant news, do you have a movie idea? Netflix is now looking for aspiring writers.
Imagine Impact from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company, is looking for submissions as part of their deal with Netflix. The open submissions are looking to identify and help develop feature film ideas in four different genres, over the next year. The first four genre-specific application windows open Wednesday. The first round of projects is considered “large scale action-adventure movies for all audiences.” Applications will be accepted now until July 6th.