daniel h. wilson

It’s a good day for Steven Spielberg as his latest film, Lincoln, received 12 Academy Award nominations this morning. On the other hand, Spielberg’s encountered some drama on getting his next film project, Robopocalypse, off the ground. The film was already been delayed once, but it seems that script difficulties have stymied any potential progress on what might be Spielberg’s first foray into sci-fi since 2005’s War of the Worlds.

Here’s Spielberg’s statement to The Hollywood Reporter:

[The project is] too important and the script is not ready, and it’s too expensive to produce. It’s back to the drawing board to see what is possible.

Robopocalypse, based on the book by Daniel H. Wilson, is a pretty hot property. Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were already attached to star, and The Cabin in the Woods filmmaker Drew Goddard’s been working on the script.

Although it’s disconcerting, it’s still possible that we might see Robopocalypse in the near future. After all, it did take about ten years to get Lincoln in front of the cameras, so we might see it sometime sooner or later. In the meantime, I guess you can read the book.

Plot Synopsis:

Not far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike—yet massively powerful—artificial intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour—the moment the robots attack—the human race is almost annihilated, but as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back. This is the oral history of that conflict, told by an international cast of survivors who experienced this long and bloody confrontation with the machines. Brilliantly conceived and amazingly detailed, Robopocalypse is an action-packed epic with chilling implications about the real technology that surrounds us.

Source: /Film

DreamWorks Studios is one step closer to bringing Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse to the big screen with the addition of former Fox chief Tom Rothman. Rothman has signed on to produce the feature acquired by DreamWorks and Doubleday from Daniel H. Wilson‘s formerly unpublished manuscript as part of a pre-emptive deal back in November 2009.

Reports are also coming out from The Hollywood Reporter that Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway is in talks to star as the female lead next to Avengers star Chris Hemsworth in the futuristic adaptation. Yes, Catwoman and Thor in a movie. Before you get too excited though, we should caution that these talks are still in the early stages and negotiations are still underway.

What is Robotocalypse?  The story focuses on “the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.” Robopocalypse is being adapted to screen by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard with Disney and Fox looking ahead toward a April 25th, 2014 release date. Principal photography is set to begin sometime in early 2013.

Source:  /Film

Steven Spielberg Talks ‘Robopocalypse’

Steven Spielberg‘s next project following Lincoln will be a film adaptation of Robopocalypse, a novel by Daniel H. Wilson.  The screenplay was written by Drew Goddard, and a 2013 release date is expected.

In his interview with Time Out, he briefly mentioned the project:

“It’s a movie about a global war between man and machine,” says Spielberg, likening the sci-fi aspect to his Minority Report. “…[I]t’s a future that is coming true faster than any of us thought it would. ‘Robopocalypse’ takes place in 15 or 20 years, so it’ll be another future we can relate to. It’s about the consequences of creating technologies which make our lives easier, and what happens when that technology becomes smarter than we are. It’s not the newest theme, it’s been done throughout science fiction, but it’s a theme that becomes more relevant every year.”

I haven’t read the book, but it could absolutely be interesting.  Thoughts?

Source: Coming Soon