Steven Spielberg's Sci-Fi 'Robopocalypse' is Postponed Indefinitely
Bad news for science fiction fans today, as THR reports Robopocalypse, Steven Spielberg's return to science fiction, has been indefinitely postponed. We were very excited about the possibility of one of the world's best directors returning to a genre we love, and even more stoked because the script (based on Daniel H. Wilson's book) was being written by The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard. But the new report states that the script wasn't quite up to snuff, so instead of rushing things forward anyway, the filmmakers are pumping the brakes and seeing what kinds of solutions they can come up with.
Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy told THR that the project was "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." Well, it's obvious that we're bummed about this update, but the silver lining is that they aren't just rushing it through production anyway and dealing with the script as an afterthought. After we experienced a string of questionable movies during the Writers Strike a few years ago, I'm hoping that everyone realizes that the story is the most important building block of a movie, and it isn't something that should be taken lightly.
The fact that the project has been postponed stings all the more because Spielberg was pretty much all set to go on this one. He had Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway, and Ben Whishaw in talks to join the cast, and a story that he called a "global war between man and machine." Plus, he was even toying with the idea of shooting in IMAX 3D for the first time in his career, so we're definitely sad to see this one take a back seat. Let's just hope they can figure out the script issues quickly and get this one geared up again soon. Robopocalpyse previously had a release date of April 25th, 2014, and we'll keep you posted.