Spielberg’s ‘Robopocalypse’ Gets Extra Funding & A Release Date

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It’s been three years since Steven Spielberg last sat in the director’s chair for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The legendary filmmaker will (so to speak) make up for that “time off” by releasing four films over the next two years: The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse this winter, Lincoln by late 2012 – and his next sci-fi venture, Robopocalypse, the year after that.

The official budget for Spielberg’s adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s recently-published novel – which details (what else) an apocalyptic robot uprising – has yet to be revealed, but it’s significantly large enough that two major Hollywood studios have agreed to co-finance the flick.

Deadline has learned that DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox are co-funding Robopocalypse, which is being scripted by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield). Fox and Walt Disney Pictures are handling distribution of the film, which is now officially set for theatrical release on July 3rd, 2013 in the U.S.

Robopocalypse tells a tale set in the very near future, where robots are a part of our everyday lives and perform a variety of rudimentary tasks (cleaning our homes, driving our cars, fighting our wars, etc.). Things take a turn for the worst when a scientist named Nicholas Wasserman creates a new form of artificial intelligence – dubbed Archos (“Master” in Greek) – that is designed to, above all else, preserve life on Earth. In classic Isaac Asimov style, Archos’ logic works differently than expected and results in the A.I. entity starting a war between humanity and robot kind.

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Will Smith totally saw this coming.

Wilson’s original novel is structured as an oral history (a la Max Brooks’ World War Z novel) that recounts the human vs. machine war through the use of interviews, testimonies, and recorded footage from the event. The book is said to contain plenty of action-heavy set pieces and many a disturbing and unsettling sequence (ex. machines turning human corpses into zombie-like warriors, via the aid of technology). So Spielberg’s Robopocalypse adaptation may not deviate from the plot of its source material in the same manner than the World War Z movie is.

Robopocalypse definitely bears more than a passing resemblance to many a previous sci-fi flick, including The Terminator and Alex Proyas’ I, Robot adaptation – to name a couple obvious examples. The original book has also been compared to the collective works of Michael Crichton, and with good reason – the plot synopsis alone reads like Jurassic Park, only with advanced androids (not genetically-enginneers dinosaurs) running amok!

All in all, though, Robopocalypse sounds like something right up Spielberg’s alley, with its combination of blockbuster action and thought-provoking sci-fi themes. The film version could end up feeling like a mashup of several previous Spielberg titles (including A.I., Minority Report, and War of the Worlds), which could be fun. Goddard likewise sounds like a fitting match to adapt Wilson’s story for the big screen.

We will see how it all goes down (literally) when Robopocalypse hits theaters on July 3rd, 2013.

Source: Deadline

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  1. This could potentially wind up to be very good. I will probably have to check out the book.

  2. wasn’t this called the matrix?

  3. ZOMBIE and ROBOTS!!!!

    • I second your excitement.

  4. I have a feeling though that the “action” scenes are going to be few and far between, a Speilberg staple.

  5. This sounds pretty good I’ll have to check out the book for now ,I’ll be keeping an eye out for future updates on this ,hope its as good as it sounds.

  6. It doesn’t sound very original. But then again many good films aren’t. I hope they change the title because “Robopocalypse” is awful! Sounds more like one of those spoofy novels/films that are meant to be funny, but aren’t funny.

    • I agree and neither the premise or “title” really catch my imagination since we HAVE seen the AI vs Man angle so many times. Some other titles include; Dune (in their history), Saturn 5, 2001, The Matrix and Demon Seed (that’s all I can recall off the top of my head)

      I also agree however that lack of originality means little in the grand scheme. Take Avatar as an example, it made tons of money off of basically an Alien/sci-fi version of “Dances with Wolves”.

      So this is a wait and see what develops production.

      • This is literally no such thing as an original film anymore. Even Inception borrowed ideas from other films.

      • Have you ever read the book? Yes the title is awful, but the book is incredibly fresh and unique. The author has a PhD in robotics, resulting in highly detailed and authentic descriptions. You’re right, we have seen the ai-man angle a lot of times, but not like this. If I were you, get the book and keep an eye on the movie. With Spielberg directing, Anne Hathaway already committed and two studios funding it, you should be interested!

  7. Westworld would be a better example than Jurassic Park.

  8. Spielberg’s last 10 films have all been extremely poor. It’s clear he has not kept up with the times. Such is the way of old timers. The directors that his generation replaced were only 10-15 years older than them and are still alive. Directors 10-15 years younger than Spielberg many have been derailed for the most part.

    I’m going to pass on Spielberg and support new talent.

    • This is the worst post I have read in a long time.

      Spielberg can still go toe to toe with any contemporary director and even best them. Apparently you’re only as good as your last movie, which is obviously ridiculous considering all that Spielberg pumped out after ’1941′.

      In the last decade he has given us Munich, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can and A.I.

      Munich by itself is one of the best films of the last decade and is also a movie that most up and coming heavyweight directors haven’t shown they have in them. Eg: Christopher Nolan, as talented as he is, could never make a film like Munich.

      • The worst post? Hardly. I agree with Ticket Master. Spielberg hasn’t been good in nearly 20 years. Such great notable raspberries have been Indian Jones 3, A.I., Minority Report, Munich, and War of the Worlds.

        And it is true, the directors that Spielberg’s generation replaced were a mere 10 to 15 years older than them. And yet the directors 10 to 15 years younger than them have not been allowed to take over the mantle. Instead we’ve only gotten a few that have been able to fight their way through.

        It is indeed time for new talent. I will only support new talent with my ticket buying power which is the only thing they will listen to.

        • Most of Spielberg’s recent output has really disappointed me. Even things that he was producer on I have found been poor. For example I found Super 8 very mediocre. In his heyday he was untouchable though. I still hold him in great regard which is more that could be said for George Lucas.

  9. Sounds like a combination of Terminator and The Borg.
    But is it just me but it seems like Spielberg is all over the place lately.


  11. sounds like a mix of iRobot and Virus with jamie lee curtis

  12. I like how you describe Spielberg of having “time off” – yet some how releasing four films in the next couple of years?? How do you think films are made, by simply clapping your hands? These things take a long time to make if you hadn’t realised.

  13. It will be interesting how this movie turns out. For a book about a robot uprising it was actually a hard read. Hope he does it justice though.

  14. Spielberg actually contacted the author Daniel Wilson after he had written How To Survive A Robot Uprising. I read Robopocalypse, it was a fun summer read, but I think he wrote it to be made into a movie. Spielberg will make it sappy with a big orchestral score, but i’ll still go see it.

  15. It’s part Battlestar Galactica (2003) series and part Terminator but the book is a good read.

  16. Steven will most likely tame this down. I mean he digitally replaced guns with walkie talkies in ET and is ashamed he had Roy leave his wife in Close Encounters. This is odd as Steven left his wife.