Anne Hathaway in Talks to Join Steven Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse'?
by Ethan Anderton
September 24, 2012
While Steven Spielberg is busy testing out IMAX cameras and 3D for his adaptation of Robopocalypse, the cast for his sci-fi epic seems to be firming up. Deadline has word that Anne Hathaway is now Steven Spielberg's top choice to take the female lead alongside Chris Hemsworth, the director's top choice to lead the blockbuster set for release on April 25th, 2014. In addition, a press release announced that recently departed 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Tom Rothman is on board to produce the co-production between Fox and DreamWorks which is being distributed by Disney through Touchstone Pictures. Read on!
Hathaway is obviously no stranger to blockbusters after her impressive portrayal as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises this past summer. Pairing her with Hemsworth should be interesting, but we have no details about their characters, so we're not sure if they even interact in the film. There's likely plenty more big names coming down the line, as is the case with any Spielberg film. The director is busy finishing up Lincoln, but he'll be moving quickly to get Robopocalypse off the ground to meet that 2014 release date.
As for Rothman's involvement, Spielberg is confident in his abilities as a producer saying, "When someone like Tom is a free agent, you snatch him up fast. He has proven himself to be a necessity of this industry. At Fox he had already been an enthusiastic partner on Robopocalypse, and it is to our advantage that he would come produce this film with me." Rorthman has had a mix of failures and successes, but the fact that he's departed Fox is worrisome, but if Spielberg trusts him, then I guess that's a good sign. Perhaps this is one last hurrah for Rothman as he finishes out the year at Fox.
Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) adapted the book from author Daniel H. Wilson, and marks Spielberg's return to straight up sci-fi for the first time since War of the Worlds (or arguably Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). The story follows a robot rebellion against the human race in a future where the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe after a sentient piece of artificial intelligence reprograms them to become self-aware and fight back. Sounds like the perfect return to sci-fi for Spielberg.
Reader Feedback - 10 Comments
Sounds like James Cameron saying "meh, been there, done that"
Jake Kash on Sep 24, 2012
Gantulga Mercury on Sep 24, 2012
as expected from a boring director with the mind of child (and not so cultured)
JM on Sep 25, 2012
Terminator, I robot,
Guest on Sep 24, 2012
Ehsan Davodi on Sep 24, 2012
Avi Smulders on Sep 25, 2012
I'm guessing all the commenters who say this sounds boring haven't read the book yet. While the plot synopsis may sound derivative, the story is unique and full of contrasting characters from across the globe. It's a much more realistic take on the singularity than iRobot or Terminator.
Matt Peloquin on Sep 25, 2012
This girl is in everything these days. >_>
Jordan on Sep 25, 2012
@facebook-100001441031047:disqus You've said it pal.The saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" fits well. It's for us to find out on how well Steven would make the adaptation. Anne Hathaway perfectly fits the lead role too, right? She has improved and have done great acting overtime.
Gourmet Detective on Sep 25, 2012
I really think there is the opportunity to explore this potential future if done right. I robot and Terminator hinted at it but I think today's technology shows this to be a real issue. id love to see someone like Ray Kurzweil or Michio Kaku or maybe even Stephen Hawking brought it to consult on a film like this to really create a setting that is truly forward thinking.
DJSNOLA on Sep 25, 2012
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