Robopocalypse

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 Rothman has signed on to produce the feature acquired by DreamWorks and Doubleday from Daniel H. Wilson‘s formerly unpublished manuscript as part of a pre-emptive deal back in November 2009.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

For the next three days Las Vegas will be home to something other then gambling and Ultimate Fighting, it’s the home of the Las Vegas Licensing Expo.  Each year, exhibitors from all over the world come together to sell off the licensing rights to their hottest properties.   But, this gives us a sneak peek at the coming movies for 2013.

With photos courtesy of Coming Soon, we’ve been given a glimpse into the coming year’s hottest properties through the art of the “teaser poster”.  After Earth, A Good Day To Die Hard, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, R.I.P.D., Robocop, Robopocalypse, Pacific Rim and Ender’s Game – they’re all here.

Even if A Good Day To Die Hard looks like the exact same poster as the last movie, with different text and a Russian landscape in the background, the rest of these posters look pretty darn cool. Check them out in the jump:
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In a press release from FOX today they announced the release date for quite a few of their upcoming projects. In addition to the sequel for X-Men: First Class, releasing July 18th 2014, and the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and releasing May 23, 2014, they also announced release dates for Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Epic, and Independenc Day 3D, or rather ID43D.

Yes, they’re really going to market this one as ID43D. W.T.F?

Check out the full press release below,

Los Angeles (May 31, 2012) __ Twentieth Century Fox announced today some major additions to its 2013-14 release slate, along with some date changes.

On the heels of the $344 million worldwide success of TITANIC 3D, the studio and director Roland Emmerich, in conjunction with Stereo 3D, which did the work on TITANIC, will produce a top quality 3D version of the iconic INDEPENDENCE DAY. ID43D will be released worldwide on July 3, 2013.

The studio also staked its 2014 summer with three giant tentpoles. First up, Fox, together with Disney and Dreamworks, has shifted the release of Steven Spielberg’s epic ROBOPOCALYPSE to go worldwide on April 25, 2014, the same weekend that “Avengers” was released internationally this year. Disney distributes domestically. (ID43D now occupies its former release date.)

Then on Memorial Day (May 23, 2014), Fox unleashes DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES worldwide, the sequel to the $483 million grossing RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Rupert Wyatt, who helmed the 2011 smash, returns to direct. The returning producers are Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

And on July 18, 2014, Fox releases worldwide the third of its summer tentpoles, the currently untitled X-MEN, to be directed by Matthew Vaughn.

Other 2013 dates include the following: PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, based on Rick Riordan’s publishing phenomenon, goes out August 16, 2013, moving from March 15. And Fox earlier announced that Beyoncé Knowles would headline the voice cast of EPIC, in theaters May 24, 2013, from the makers of “Ice Age” and “Rio.” The film was previously known as “Leafmen.” Also joining the cast are Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson and Judah Friedlander. ‪

Source: CBM

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