While yesterday’s news that Steven Spielberg was putting off directing Robopocalypse for an unknown length of time was upsetting for fans, we can now reassure you that the film is most certainly not dead. In fact it is far from it, and the epic sci-fi is most definitely still on the cards.
As Spielberg celebrates his new film Lincoln being awarded 12 Oscar nominations, the director sat down with EW and gave some very encouraging news about his adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel.
“We found that the film was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally,” Spielberg said. “I found the personal way into Robopocalypse, and so I just told everybody to go find other jobs, I’m starting on a new script and we’ll have this movie back on its feet soon.”
So basically, there is no need to panic, the film is still going to happen, but will just be slightly later than the planned Spring 2013 start of production. It must also be said that the film will not be keeping its 25th April 2014 release date, but the good news is that it will indeed still happen.
However, with the film now being delayed, we have to wonder if stars Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway will still be available.
Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods, Lost) developed the script which Spielberg is now re-working. When asked by EW if Robopocalypse had been scrapped, Spielberg replied “Not at all. I’m working on it as we speak,”
Here is the synopsis for the Robopocalypse book,written by Daniel H. Wilson, courtesy of Amazon:
Roughly twenty years from now, our technological marvels unite and turn against us. A childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online…and kills the man who created it. This first act of betrayal leads Archos to gain control over the global network of machines and technology that regulates everything from transportation to utilities, defence and communications. In the early months, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – from a senator and single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s “smart” toys, to a lonely Japanese bachelor, to an isolated U.S. soldier – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is far too late. Then, in the span of minutes, at a moment known later in history as Zero Hour, every mechanical device in our world rebels, setting off the Robot War that both decimates and – for the first time in history – unites humankind.
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