Grant Sputore to make Hollywood debut on Margot Robbie-produced thriller
Warner Bros. has hired I Am Mother’s Grant Sputore to direct Augmented, a sci-fi thiller which Margot Robbie is producing.
Michael Lloyd Green is rewriting an original script by Mark Townend set in a future where people are enhancing their lives with smart technology implants called Glaze.
The plot follows 40-year-old criminal lawyer Olivia Holloway, whose body is hijacked by an anonymous hacker who calls himself “Judge” while she defends the heir to a giant corporation who’s been accused of killing a young woman.
“Judge” threatens to stab her unless she tells the court her client is guilty, which she does, and then tries to use her to commit a series of proxy murders.
The studio acquired the rights to Townend’s spec script in 2017 and announced Robbie’s attachment to produce, according to Variety which broke the story.
Di Novi Pictures’ Denise Di Novi will produce with Tom Ackerley of Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.
Sputore and Green teamed on I Am Mother, the director’s feature debut, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Netflix acquired the sci-fi thriller for North America and several other markets.
Produced by the Penguin Empire’s Kelvin Munro and Southern Light Films’ Timothy White, the film stars Clara Rugaard, Rose Byrne and Hilary Swank.
Green recently sold a pitch for original sci-fi thriller Remission to Black Bear Pictures.