Anne Hathaway in Talks for Spielberg’s ‘Robopocalypse,’ Tom Rothman to Produce

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:17 am,

It’s only been 10 days since Tom Rothman resigned as chairman of 20th Century Fox’s feature film division, but the former executive hasn’t wasted any time starting the next chapter of his career. According to a press release from DreamWorks, Rothman has signed on to produce Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi spectacular Robopocalypse.

But that’s not all. In other Robopocalypse news, A-list actress Anne Hathaway is reportedly in discussions to play the female lead in the film. If Hathaway took the part, she would potentially be starring opposite Chris Hemsworth, who was reported to be in negotiations for the project earlier this summer.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news of Rothman’s possible involvement in Robopocalypse, as well as the news that Hathaway was circling the project.

While he was at Fox, Rothman was largely responsible for securing the film’s foreign distribution rights, so it’s not much of a surprise to learn of his involvement in producing the movie. Likewise, the news of Hathaway’s possible involvement is unsurprising, since the 29-year-old actress seems to be rumored for roles in virtually every major upcoming movie.

Steven Spielberg Directing Robopocalypse Anne Hathaway in Talks for Spielbergs Robopocalypse, Tom Rothman to Produce

The Academy Award-nominated actress has been in high demand for years, but Hathway’s recent turn as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises has pushed the actress into another realm entirely. Hathaway’s next role will be as the prostitute Fantine in the musical Les Miserables, which hits theaters this Christmas.

While Spielberg’s next film, Lincoln, is likely to deliver outstanding drama and will be a must-watch movie, it’s exciting to imagine the visionary director taking on another epic sci-fi project. As Spielberg himself explained at the beginning of the year, Robopocalypse presents an opportunity to go back to the kind of thoughtful, but action-packed filmmaking he showed with the excellent Minority Report.

“It’s a movie about a global war between man and machine. I had a great time creating the future on ‘Minority Report,’ and it’s a future that is coming true faster than any of us thought it would. ‘Robopocalypse’ takes place in 15 or 20 years, so it’ll be another future we can relate to. It’s about the consequences of creating technologies which make our lives easier, and what happens when that technology becomes smarter than we are. It’s not the newest theme, it’s been done throughout science fiction, but it’s a theme that becomes more relevant every year.”

Robopocalypse is expected to start production in early 2013 and will be released the following year on April 25th, 2014.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Ohhh, nice casting choices. :)

  2. read the book when it was first released…gotta say the ending didnt seem like an epic battle you’d expect…i think they’ll pull a “jurassic park” on this one and stray away from the original plot from the novel alot…

  3. Anne is getting a great portion of all the right parts.
    And Anne has all the right parts in great proportion.

    • I see what you did there Captain Palmer…….

      • “Palmar”, I meant to write “Palmar”. Damn my broken eyes!!!!

        • It is second nature to assume Palmer ends with the very
          common ER and not like the very unusual AR in my name Palmar.
          Everyone does it and I’m never offended and I never correct anyone.

      • Captain Palmar. I like the sound of that. Thanks, Ezee-T. :D

  4. Im just not excited for this… Maybe im a hypocrite but the idea of a future where man machines battle… Just doesnt seem like the most exciting plot…. And its been done alot. I feel like spielberg needs to slow down take a deep breath. . .

    • I share that opinion in a way, but if there is something spielberg does NOT need to do, it’s slowing down. 95% of his movies are nothing BUT slowing down and taking deep breaths. I’m actually pretty fed up with the way he bores up every single movie he makes. even his war movies are filled with naptimes..

  5. No thanks. Her recent outspoken political bloviating turned me off. Same with S. Jackson.

    Keep it to yourself and make believe, that’s what your paid for.

  6. Man vs machine……pass
    Now man vs snack machine.

  7. Will she have time? She spends enough of her career starring in a wide range of my dreams. For no pay either.

    Off I go. The school bell is ringing.

  8. Its sounds a bit like Terminator only with different robots… Or I Robot but with more action… Still it could be unlike either of those films and maintain some originality?

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