Steven Spielberg's Sci-Fi 'Robopocalypse' is Postponed Indefinitely

January 9, 2013
Source: THR

Robopocalypse / Steven Spielberg

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.

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He had the same issue with LINCOLN. Even DDL passed on it a couple of times because of the script. SS will do this right. He'll get a script that is perfect for what he wants to do and everything else will fall into place as it should with a Spielberg flick.

Emdub52 on Jan 9, 2013


"...indefinitely postponed", two words I didn't expect to hear about this project.

David Banner on Jan 9, 2013


I call BS. If the script was bad, then REWRITE it. And since when did Steven had a problem with a budgeting? Then his spokesman deems the project "too important", but in the SAME breath, it isn't a high priority for Spielberg to move forward with. Projects go through stuff like that all the time, (World War Z, GI Joe: Retaliation) but you don't see them postponed. Bottom line, I think Steve bailed. And when you think about the story, it's basically "Ai meets Terminator" anyways. Just my two cents..

Big Boss on Jan 9, 2013


Whatever. I was never that excited about this project anyways.

ALex on Jan 9, 2013


So... Did everyone forget these words: "script wasn't quite up to snuff" when he was making Indy 4?

Matt on Jan 9, 2013


eh, that doesn't bother me I can see War Of The Worlds trainwreck happening with this one too. If there is some narration involving Morgan Freeman then I'm definitely out.

BinaryChaos on Jan 9, 2013


Is his long ago proposed remake of "When Worlds Collide" still going to be made? I want to see this book done right soooooo badly!

dmappin on Jan 9, 2013


Thank you, baby Jesus.

Chris Batty on Jan 9, 2013


Spielberg looks pretty nervous with that book floating next to him... A return to POLTERGEIST perhaps??

Alan Trehern on Jan 10, 2013


What ever happened to Steven Spielberg's remake of When Worlds Collide...I'll be dead soon!

YahooThom on Oct 20, 2013

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