AUTOMATA: THE SERIES

In Prohibition-era New York City, it's not alcohol deemed illegal... but intelligent robots known as automatons.


Set in an alternate Prohibition-era America, this live action science-fiction noir series based on characters from the popular web-comic created by Penny Arcade invites you in to experience a world unlike anything you have seen. In this fictional 1930s-set tale, it is not liquor that is outlawed but instead the continued production of highly sentient robots known as automatons. They live among us as an underclass of social outcasts, victims of human prejudice and strict laws that govern their existence. Automata follows New York private detective Sam Regal (Basil Harris) and his automaton partner Carl Swangee (Doug Jones) as they work together to solve crimes and understand each other in this dystopian America.

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indiewire

Automata features lush production and a fascinating mash-up of ’30s noir and sci-fi (with an emphasis on the “noir” side). Featuring the voice of Doug Jones as robot Carl, director Van Alan packs a lot of world-building into the first episode, one it’d be fun to see evolve further."

paste magazine

"Automata introduces a richly layered and deeply compelling world. It’s a testament to the source material as well as to [Van] Alan’s writing and directing that in just a few short minutes Automata has us fully immersed in that world to the point where a moment of extreme violence against a machine is excruciating to watch."

 

Director statement

"Ever since I saw the Automata web-comic in 2009, I knew I wanted to bring these characters to life on-screen. After showing Penny Arcade some test footage, I somehow convinced them to let me do it. With the financial help of passionate Kickstarter backers and Washington Filmworks, we set out to tell an original Automata story over five acts."

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Behind the scenes photos