Early Concept Art Glimpse at Spielberg's Postponed 'Robopocalypse'

July 6, 2015


Now what do we have here? A few new bits of robo concept art are floating around for Steven Spielberg's postponed (or delayed/shelved) project Robopocalypse. If you recall, we covered this movie intently for years on the site, as Spielberg was actually hard at work on pre-production and almost started filming. They even had a cast in place and were getting close, but it fell apart right at the last minute. "I found another way to tell the story," Spielberg said in early 2013. In the meantime, artist Patrick Janicke's work has appeared online detailing various robots and robotic interfaces. It's worth a look, though I'm honestly not sure how all this fits into the movie. I guess I just want Spielberg to make more sci-fi again. In time. For now we get this.

Here's some of the concept art by Patrick Janicke (website) as posted by (via SlashFilm):

Robopocalypse Concept Art - Patrick Janicke

Robopocalypse Concept Art - Patrick Janicke

Robopocalypse Concept Art - Patrick Janicke

Robopocalypse Concept Art - Patrick Janicke

Robopocalypse Concept Art - Patrick Janicke

Robopocalypse Concept Art - Patrick Janicke

Original synopsis: In the future, robots have been created to serve Mankind. Archos, the 14th version of an advanced Artificial Intelligence developed by the U.S. government, continuously deleted for displaying hostility towards humans, escapes from being destroyed and soon becomes a virus, downloading itself into every piece of A.I.-controlled technology in the planet, leading to a worldwide robot uprising where the humans caught in the chaos struggle to survive. Steven Spielberg 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. Spielberg's Robopocalypse was originally scheduled for release in 2014, but it never actually started filming. I wonder if it'll ever come back to life. This is one of those projects we're always hoping for updates.

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I see a slight spattering of the same aesthetic that DISTRICT 9 captured. Very cool!

DAVIDPD on Jul 7, 2015


I'm not sure which movie I would prefer to have Spielberg make, this or Ready Player One.

Chris Groves on Jul 7, 2015


The first robot reminds me of that one short film "Blinky".

Franklin Carpio on Jul 7, 2015


I don't know, I'm just getting some serious 'Laputa" vibes, from this one... a Miyazaki homage by Spielberg, perhaps?

Mark Brackney on Jul 18, 2015


I want this freaking movie!

Jon Odishaw on Jul 7, 2015


Strange designs really.

Carpola on Jul 7, 2015


I am amazed that nobody is referencing the Daniel Wilson novels this is clearly based on...

Dominic Simpson on Jul 7, 2015


*While looking at the 6th one* That's a robot? Looks more like a cross between a frog and a freaking leafhopper.

Mark Brackney on Jul 18, 2015

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