Steven Spielberg Might Direct the Robopocalypse Movie Next

March 11, 2010
Source: Deadline

Robopocalypse / Steven Spielberg

Back in November, Spielberg's DreamWorks picked up the yet-to-be-finished story Robopocalypse from writer Daniel H. Wilson (the same author behind another robot-focused book - How to Survive a Robot Uprising). The project seemed like it would be a ways off since Wilson hasn't even finished writing the book, but Deadline Hollywood reports Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard is currently hard at work on the script and his involvement has made it a serious contender for Steven Spielberg to take on as his next directing gig. Of course, this is all speculation, since Robopocalypse is one of a plethora of projects he's considering.

Robopocalypse is another story about the human race's attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising. While I would say it seems like Wilson has an unhealthy obsession with robots, the author is also a robotic engineer. Its this knowledge which publisher Doubleday's (who is also producing) Executive Editor and Vice President Jason Kaufman says, "grounds his story with a frightening level of realism and he has created an exhilarating story that we think audiences will really respond to." Combining this concept with the writing talents of Goddard and directing skills of Spielberg and we've got quite a lethal formula for a big tentpole.

After Spielberg's departure from the remake of the Jimmy Stewart film Harvey, everyone's been waiting to find out what he will actually direct next. Apparently the George Gershwin biopic starring Zach Quinto, which Spielberg is producing, was in the running, but has fallen out despite some buzz after the news first hit. Still in the running: the long-gestating Abraham Lincoln biopic, which Spielberg himself promised was still on the way, the much buzzed about semi-recently announced adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel War Horse, as well as an adaptation of 39 Clues. So Spielberg isn't short of potential projects, but everyone wants him to finally choose one soon. What do you want to see Spileberg take on next?

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  • samir
    LINCOLN do it while we still have Obama in the white house. Timing is everything.
  • Cineprog
    What about Indiana Jones 5 and the what ever. get that up and runing before Harrison Ford is two old and Nacked to play Indi.
  • Marty
    "INTERSTELLAR". I can't think of a more promising project worthy of his time and talent. Jonathan Nolan is attached to script. Fascinating subject matter (wormholes) promises an ambitious sci-fi epic reminiscent of "2001". I hope he passes on "Robopocalypse". As James Cameron is gearing up to build a mammoth (and unprecedented) cybernetic anti-utopia in "Battle Angel Alita" it wouldn't be wise for Spielberg to mount something conceptually and thematically similar.
  • Voice of Reason
    War......of the worlds? Keep this man focused on TinTin goddammit. "How To Survive a Robot Invasion" is an entertaining read, but....well, seems like even a restaurant menu can be adapted into a screenplay nowadays. How depressing.
    sounds cool.
  • Pirate Tim
    Since everbody is doing remakes, why not do a re-make of your OWN classic movie? I want to see him remake.......JAWS!!!
  • WB Exec
    Who cares, a bit over rated. He stopped putting out good stuff after teh 90s. Nolan is the new director of choice.
  • People's Champ
    I would like to see that Lincoln movie before it's 2020.
  • SlashBeast
    I'd love to see him finally get Lincoln or Interstellar going. Spielberg can make a massive comeback and those might do it.
  • Harry The Spammer
    Robots V Humans uprising? There are 4 Terminator films already, no? And since when do UAV drones drop freefall bombs?




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