Fox Adapting Asimov's Sci-Fi 'The Caves Of Steel' with Henry Hobson
More sci-fi coming our way courtesy of another Isaac Asimov adaptation - awesome! Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is developing a live-action adaptation of Asimov's 1953 story The Caves Of Steel, and has already attached graphic/credits sequence designer Henry Hobson to direct his first feature. The story is a murder mystery that takes place "roughly three millennia in Earth's future, a time when hyperspace travel has been discovered," and Earth is overpopulated and there's a fear of robots. Okay, I'm hooked, I just hope Hobson can put together that world, but he's also working on another zombie film called Maggie first.
Adapting the script from Isaac Asimov's story is screenwriter John Scott 3 (that's his full name) who, when not working on scripts with Hobson, works at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which takes photos of X-ray photons in deep space. Here's the murder mystery setup in Caves of Steel: A Spacer Ambassador lobbying to loosen Earth's anti-robot restrictions is found dead, his chest imploded by an energy blaster, and a detective is matched with a human-looking robot to solve the crime. Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw don't have an easy time with each other or with those New Yorkers, called Medievalists, who despise robots." Producing the film is Simon Kinberg (Jumper, X-Men: First Class, Elysium) at his company Genre Films based at Fox.
I love big sci-fi stories, and since we have so many great sci-fi movies already in the works, it's always exciting to hear about more in development to follow those up. If Hobson is confident he can move onto a major studio project like this and develop a world 1,000 years in the future overrun by robots on an overpopulated Earth, I'm all for it, I'd love to see him pull of something cool. You can see some of Hobson's work directing the Resistance 3 teaser, as well as credits design for Rango, The Help and Sherlock Holmes. And if you haven't read Caves of Steel, might as well pick up a copy while we wait to see how this develops.