‘The Last Human’ is “Stand By Me With Robots” According to Phil Lord [Exclusive]

/Film | 8/7/2019 | Fred Topel
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In February, Fox presented a preview of this fall’s new addition to Sunday night animation, Bless the Harts. Emily Spivey created the show and produces it with Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Today, Fox presented a double panel with Bless the Harts and Duncanville, from Amy Poehler and Mike and Julie Scully. After the panel, Lord spoke with /Film about his and Miller’s upcoming film, The Last Human.

Based on the Lee Bacon book and adapted by Henry Gayden, Last Human sparked a bidding war ultimately won by Sony/Tristar. Lord gave us a few more details on the film as well as an update on the Jump Street and Lego franchises.

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Lord and Miller have always managed to bring their sensibilities to pre-existing properties. True, they had a lot more leeway on the Lego movies and the children’s book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but 21 Jump Street could have been any kind of remake and it became a distinct Lord and Miller comedy.

The Last Human will be published in October, so we don’t know much about it yet, but Lord confirmed it would not depart too far from the sensibilities we notice across all Lord and Miller productions. So it won’t be a straight sci-fi.

Anything - Lord

“We don’t do anything straight,” Lord said.

Most science fiction is a cautionary tale. When it comes to technology, we regularly refer to Skynet from the Terminator films when Autocorrect acts up. Last Human is about, as it says, the last human being meeting a society of robots.

Project - Relationship - Technology - Manifesting - Individuals

“That’s also a really interesting project because it is about our relationship to technology and manifesting that in some individuals that are learning how to navigate that relationship together,” Lord said.

Last Human has been described as a reverse E.T., since the human is the fish out of water in a...
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