Hold On - Spielberg Says 'Robopocalypse' is NOT Dead, Still Around
by Alex Billington
January 10, 2013
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.
he needs more money
elldot21 on Jan 10, 2013
Drew's script was just too epic.
Matt Peloquin on Jan 10, 2013
So basically he's saying " we're going to rewrite the script and make a movie about a suburban family who are coping with a divorce and extraordinary things are going to take place around them". Actually I have faith in The Beard, he's still my favorite director. As long as he doesn't get David Koepp to do the rewrite like he did with War of the Worlds and KOTCS. Since he has 6 months or so off I don't know why he didn't just go ahead with Interstellar. I don't mind Nolan taking over but it was the movie I most anticipated Spielberg doing. I also am waiting for his adaption of Chocky, I loved the original book and it would satisfy those who want him to make an ET follow up. I'm thinking he's gonna just take a break if he wins best Director for Lincoln
Me Again on Jan 10, 2013
I would love to see him work with one of these 250 mil budgets that some younger directors are getting. I'm still excited that he's doing this film though.
Greedo on Jan 10, 2013
Our friend Steven has over $3 billion in HIS personal bank account. $250million is like yearly-rent money for him. If you make a $250million film, you better break even at the boxoffice, that's around $500 million, and hope the homeboxoffice brings in the rest for advertizing and print costs + a profit. So I'm thinking Robopocalypse issn't that kinda film, the book was OK, but a bit forgettable maybe, the risks are maybe too great, and who the fuck wants to loose money? 🙂 With an enormous catalog of un-filmed Sci-Fi novels, I do wonder why Robopocalypse of all things poped up on Steven's radar?
David Banner on Jan 10, 2013
Just another in a growing list of articles you guys got wrong. Maybe someone should, oh I don't know, fact check maybe instead of publishing one erroneous article after another. This used to be a decent site for movie news. Not anymore it seems.
Chuckee Knowlton on Jan 10, 2013
EVERY movie site in the world wrote that this wasn't happening last day/s. But still, someone could have asked. I wonder where it all started?
David Banner on Jan 10, 2013
This movie needs as big of a budget as it can get. It a huge epic, world-spanning story that is intended for big budget. I will always have faith in Spielberg though so I'm glad this is not dead
Dan Weinberger on Jan 10, 2013
I'm wondering if he's in the process of negotiating for Star Wars: Episode 7...
PBGray on Jan 10, 2013
He still owes me for A.I., Minority Report, Indy 4. Spielberg directs garbage.
Chris Batty on Jan 11, 2013
A.I and Minority Report were awesome, especially Minority Report, one of the best Sci-Fi films of the decade. And your bold statement " Spielberg directs garbage" has exposed you as a troll. This man is single handedly responsible for arguably the greatest summer movie ever (Jaws), the greatest action/ adventure film (Raiders), some of the best films involving war/history. (Saving Private Ryan/ Schindler's list) and you say he directs garbage. Next time say "IMHO he directs garbage" which would at least let us know that it's just not your personal taste. Are his films as good as the used to be? We'll, I just think he has nothing more to prove, besides the film industry is not what it used to be. Anyway you can go buy the latest Twilight DVD I'm sure it will satisfy your craving for quality entertainment. (I hope your smart enough to understand that was sarcasm)
U'rmomsayshi on Jan 11, 2013
Have you seen Minority report? are you sure? your idea is garbage.go for american pie movies.they feet in your little mind.
Bob on Jan 14, 2013
Anything that keeps Indy 5 off the table is a good thing.
castingcouch on Jan 12, 2013
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