Hold On - Spielberg Says 'Robopocalypse' is NOT Dead, Still Around
Wait just a minute! Yesterday, amidst a flurry of exciting news before the Oscar nominations, word came out that apparently Steven Spielberg's new sci-fi Robopocalypse was "indefinitely postponed." The project, which was going to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway, was scheduled for release in April 2014 and was supposed to start production this year, until this news hit. Word from a "Spielberg spokesmen" is that "it's back to the drawing board to see what is possible." Not so fast. Going straight to the source, EW.com spoke with Steven Spielberg himself and got a quote in response to this news from yesterday. Read on!
He doesn't say much or reveal anything new that we didn't already know, but it sounds like Robopocalypse is not dead at all. EW's Anthony Breznican spoke to Spielberg and got this reply from him about its status:
"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 it is going back in for rewrites, and likely getting delayed beyond 2014, but it's still being made. They insist: "Spielberg was adamant that he wasn’t scratching Robopocalypse off his to-do list." The delay might be an extra six to eight months, but beyond that things are still in the works. Robopocalypse, adapted from Daniel H. Wilson's novel, will still happen under Spielberg's direction. So, no big problems? "Not at all. I'm working on it as we speak," he told EW. Those are the only quotes he has, but from the sounds of it, Spielberg wanted to confirm this is still in the works and may be delayed, but not indefinitely. We'll keep you updated on this sci-fi production. In the meantime, why not pick up a copy of the novel it's based on.