March 27, 2017

Sci-fi film teaches “How To Defeat Your Own Clone”

By Sean O’Connell The latest trend in science-fiction storytelling appears to involve intelligent robots and life-like clones. As Michael Bay’s third “Transformers” decimates box officer records, we also have news of Steven Spielberg circling an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel “Robopocalypse.” And now one studio would like to teach audiences how to defeat our own clone … should we ever get to that point.

Dimension Films, home to a string of horror films aimed at teenage crowds, has nabbed the rights to “How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution,” a novel by co-authors Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson. Variety reports that Ed Ricourt will adapt the book for the big-screen, and will follow a plot that involves the following (from Publisher’s Weekly):

“Whether you’ve dreamed of a future with easy genetic face-lifts and chocolate-flavored broccoli or shivered from nightmares of viral warfare and biologically enhanced Richard Simmons clones, this book will set you straight on the facts behind genetics and cloning — and keep you entertained all the way.

Humans, they say, have been practicing genetic engineering for millennia, beginning with early agricultural practices and the domestication of wolves and cattle. But now that scientists have sequenced the human genome, and stem cell research offers potential cures for everything, bioengineers Kurpinski and Johnson want to warn us away from extreme future dystopian scenarios such as eco-collapse and ultraintelligent überclones or a utopian paradise where Money grows on trees. Pigs fly. Your clone may have the same DNA blueprint as you, but it won’t be you…. Your younger, stronger, healthier clone probably could defeat you in a stand-up fight, but having read this book, you’ll be prepared to outsmart it.

Kurpinski and Johnson have written a science book that is irreverent, timely, accessible, and, best of all, compulsively readable.

What do you think? Do you want to learn how to defeat your clone? Or do you want sci-fi storytellers to go in a different direction? Let us know.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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