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The directors of Avengers: Infinity War just optioned Simon Stålenhag’s The Electric State

The directors of Avengers: Infinity War just optioned Simon Stålenhag’s The Electric State


Stålenhag funded the book on Kickstarter earlier this summer

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Art: Simon Stålenhag

Avengers: Infinity War’s Russo Brothers have added a new project to their slate: an adaptation of Simon Stålenhag’s recently Kickstarter-funded art book The Electric State.

Joe and Anthony Russo won a bidding war for the book, says Deadline, and will act as producers for the project. The brothers are looking to bring on It director Andy Muschietti to direct. They will also bring on the Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the screenwriters behind Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and the two upcoming Avengers films.

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Stålenhag is a Swedish artist who specializes in retro-furistic art, telling stories about an alternate, pastoral Sweden in books such as Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood. Stålenhag has launched each of the books on Kickstarter, the most recent being The Electric State. Each book is a narrative art book, featuring hundreds of pieces of art with accompanying text that lays out a story. While the first two books told the story of a nostalgic, alternate Sweden and the consequences of a failed scientific experiment, The Electric State is a grimmer tale. Stålenhag sets this new book in an alternate, apocalyptic United States, following a teenage girl and her toy robot as they make their way across a decaying countryside.

It’s not a certainty that this adaptation will happen, however. Muschietti already has a packed slate: he’s currently filming an adaptation of Joe Hill’s horror comic Locke and Key for Hulu, an adaptation of Robotech, and a sequel to this year’s It.