It’s been a good couple of years for Chris Hemsworth, who’s proven himself to be a compelling leading man with turns as the God of Thunder in Marvel’s Thor and The Avengers (along with his performance in Snow White and the Huntsman). The future’s looking bright for the Australian hunk, with the sequel Thor: The Dark World due out next fall – and, possibly, a Snow White followup that focuses more on Hemsworth as the Huntsman.
That’s all to say: it comes as little surprise to learn that Steven Spielberg has his eye on Hemsworth as the lead for his next sci-fi blockbuster, Robopocalypse.
Robopocalypse is based on the recently-published novel by Daniel H. Wilson, who’s now a professional author and specialist in the field of robotics. Spielberg was so taken with the book’s concept (about the dark side of artificial intelligence) that he began the storyboarding process for a Robopocalypse film adaptation before Wilson had finished the source novel. Moreover, Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard started scripting the project while the book was still being written.
Deadline is reporting that Spielberg has already met with Hemsworth (who also recently appeared in Cabin in the Woods, which Goddard co-wrote an directed) and wants the actor to headline Robopocalypse – though, an official offer has yet to be made. Scheduling shouldn’t be an issue, though, as Spielberg’s big-budget sci-fi thriller has been pushed back to an April 2014 release date. That should allow enough time for Hemsworth to finish his work on the second Thor movie, before the cameras start rolling on Spielberg’s movie.
Here is a semi-official description of Wilson’s Robopocalypse novel:
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
Spielberg has openly acknowledged that Robopocalypse treads on similar sci-fi territory as that covered in the Matrix and Terminator series, along with movies like I, Robot (among others). Nonetheless, the legendary filmmaker feels that themes concerning the evolution of artificial intelligence and the increasingly-widespread role technology plays in our everyday live become “more relevant” with every passing year.
One could think of Robopocalypse as the logical conclusion to Spielberg’s futuristic sci-fi movie trilogy – which began with A.I. Artificial Intelligence and continued on with Minority Report. That is, ideas and concepts raised tangentially by those films will be examined here (with chilling results).
Robopocalypse is scheduled to open in U.S. theaters on April 25th, 2014.