‘The Surrogates’ Producer Elizabeth Banks Offers Update On Adaptation, Won’t Appear In Film

The upcoming adaptation of Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele’s graphic novel “The Surrogates” will be Elizabeth Banks’ debut as a producer, but the “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” actress told Sci Fi Wire that she won’t be appearing in the film — preferring to keep separate her producing and acting.

“I don’t want to be perceived as an actress with vanity projects,” said Banks. “I really want to be perceived as a legitimate producer, and I think one of the best ways to do that is to not act in the movies you’re producing.”

“The Surrogates” is a murder mystery set in a futuristic society in which people use robotic stand-ins (called “surrogates”) to go about much of their daily lives. Scheduled for release on September 25, 2009, the film is directed by Jonathan Mostow and stars Bruce Willis.

(Previously, Venditti told MTV about the process of adapting “The Surrogates” for the screen, and provided an exclusive preview of the “Flesh and Bone” prequel story he’s writing.)

“It’s like a world gone mad where we have created this environment where there’s no danger because your surrogate can do anything,” said Banks of the film’s world. “If your surrogate gets run over by a car, nobody dies. Your surrogate is just like your car getting ruined. So your surrogate is almost like your cell phone is right now. It’s your access to everything else in the world…”

Banks said filming on the project was completed in August, and expects to see a producer’s cut in December.

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