The year was 1984. In a windowless warehouse building on the outskirts of Palm Springs, California, an unknown purveyor of grindhouse cinema was beginning principal photography on what would be its last movie ever.
The movie was called VANDROID, a sci-fi action spectacular about a home-made humanoid robot gone awry. According to a press release at the time this hugely ambitious production was set to feature, “fast paced action with audacious stunts, jaw-dropping special effects and a raft of memorable characters – all backed by an atmospheric synth score.”
But sadly, VANDROID would not be completed according to plan. A few weeks after filming began, a freak fire raged out of control, destroying the studio. The courts found the owners innocent. Insurance checks were cut. And the masters for the film were lost forever. Only the screenplay and a handful of promotional materials have survived.
Now, thirty years later, VANDROID emerges from the ashes with the release of a restored soundtrack and the publication of a comic book series based on the original screenplay.
Washed up mechanic Chuck Carducci is contacted by an old roommate from his MIT days to team up on a new project using cutting-edge artificial intelligence. With salvaged electronics from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, high-performance van parts, and a Plutonium Ion battery dubiously procured by a mysterious financial backer, Chuck puts his entire life into building a robot so human, yet so powerful, it can only be called: VANDROID.