World War Z writer Max Brooks provided us with The Zombie Survival Guide, we’ll soon learn How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack and the next humorous how-to tome to reach the public eye will be How To Defeat Your Own Clone. Dimension Films has picked up the rights to the book written by Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson which will take a more narrative approach to the material by telling the story of how one man tries to defend humanity against an army of clones who have taken over the world. Read about the book, the movie and more after the break.

Dimension Films announced the news in a press release and said that while no director is yet attached, Ed Ricourt (the upcoming Now You See Me) will write the script about the following:

In the year 2013 the first human clone was created and within years clones were in most homes only to be taken advantage of by their human owners and treated as slaves.  Following a revolution, civil war erupted between Mankind and their Clone creations who were fighting for their freedom.  The Clones won.  In this new world where Clones dominate, we follow Ethan on his quest to turn the tide of the war back in our favor against impossible odds.   Clones may have the same DNA blueprint as humans, but they are younger, stronger, healthier and more evolved.  Is Mankind prepared to outsmart and defeat their own clones?

Sounds like a pretty huge, sci-fi action film, something that Dimension is not all that famous for. The original book, as described by Booklist via Amazon, actually sounds like something they’d be more comfortable with.

Two bioengineers in the San Francisco Bay Area provide advice, laced with humor, about what to do if cloning becomes a reality and you need to decide what to do with the new you, if you, or some thief of your genome, decide to make one. First Kurpinski and Johnson tell about the DNA stuff the cloner needs to know, and then they explain the basic procedure of cloning. Once nuclear transfer and cellular multiplication arrive at a complete human organism, why did you play God? ask the authors in effect, and not without a little mockery of human vanity and selfishness. To harvest organs? To have a look-alike buddy? To reengineer Homo sapiens? Being essentially human, clones will have their own ideas about their lives that the authors, with droll excursions into popular entertainment’s depictions of clones, limn so that their readers may prepare their plans to regain the upper hand. Seriousness cloaked in lighthearted prose equals a science book with popular potential.

But, with that subject matter, the obvious way to take it is in the narrative, action packed direction. Either way, it seems that the book’s humor is what makes it fun, so it’ll be interesting to see if Ricourt’s script is more Zombieland or straight I Robot. Has anyone read this?

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