Spielberg Still Interested in Directing ‘Robopocalypse’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

Back in March, we reported that Steven Spielberg was tinkering with idea of directing Robopocalypse, a big-budget robot uprising film by Daniel H. Wilson, a Ph.D. student in robotics and author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising. Instead, Spielberg opted to direct the WWI drama, War Horse scheduled for release in August of 2011.

Recently, Cloverfield writer, Drew Goddard, turned in a new draft of Robopocalypse fueling speculation as to whether or not Spielberg still intends to direct the sci-fi action film.

According to Vulture, Spielberg continues to have an interest in Robopocalypse, which isn’t exactly news (more like the absence of news). But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing of interest here – because Spielberg’s interest in the project has sent Hollywood into a frenzy.

One source admits:

“With DreamWorks, everything is potentially a Steven project – until it’s not. That’s why everyone’s in a frenzy trying to read it.”

Should Spielberg direct Robopocalypse, agents will be fighting tooth and nail to get their clients onto the project.

On the flip side, if Spielberg passes, there would be no shortage of directors eager to step behind the camera. It’s not just about picking up the acclaimed filmmaker’s table scraps, the combination of DreakWorks’ option and Spielberg’s interest in the source material would keep him involved in the production, one way or another. Plus, what director wouldn’t want to prove to Spielberg they could take a concept he was interested in – and make an equally good film?

There’s no questioning Spielberg’s talents as a filmmaker; however, his recent sci-fi offerings, while commercially successful, were a let down. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was an unnecessary and uninspired addition to one of the greatest movie trilogies in history. War of the Worlds, a big-budget retelling of the H.G. Wells classic, wasn’t the disaster that Crystal Skull turned out to be but the characters lacked the kind of depth we’ve come to expect from a terrific filmmaker like Spielberg – resulting in a somewhat middle of the road endeavor.

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Robopocalypse, the unpublished novel on which the film is based, is still a year out, with a June 2011 release date, but Doubleday VP, Jason Kaufman, promises that the book will offer “a frightening level of realism.”

If Spielberg were to combine the “realism” of the Robopocalypse novel with the enormous War of the Worlds scale, the director might have a shot at matching his sci-fi roots (i.e. Close Encounters of the Third Kind) – pairing breathtaking visuals with intimate character stories.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more Robopocalypse news – Spielberg-helmed or otherwise.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know what you think.

Source: Vulture

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  1. I would rather he direct a live action version of Metalpocalypse with Glenn Danzig in the cast. Much more interesting.

  2. Jurassic Park 4???? huh? maybe? a small thought in the back of ur head perhaps??

    • I would also LOVE a 4th JP movie. I still love the original trilogy. The first one was the best, but even the other ones had lots of cool dinosaurs. Possibly some of the beasts have made their way to the South American jungle due to poachers going to the island and stealing eggs. I don’t really care, I just want to see some more T-Rex butt-eating action!

  3. So the book isn’t even published yet and they are making a movie about it? How do we know the book doesn’ stink? I guess if Speilberg is even remotely interested it is probably pretty good, but I suppose I’d rather see the movie first and then read the book. Usually it’s disappointing to read the book and then see a film maker leave out critical parts due to a 2 hr time constraint.

    • even if the book is bad a good movie can be based on it as well as a bad movie can be made off a good book.

  4. Ok then I must be the Butters of this discussion cuz I freakin loved Indy 4! There I said it!!

  5. I’m so sick of hearing about potential movies he might do, just start making them already! You had my hopes up for years with the Lincoln biopic with Neeson and we all saw how that went south.

  6. Even if it were loosley based on HTSARU, I’d still be interested.
    If I had to put money on it, I’d bet SS wouldn’t direct. Only in the sense that Tobe Hooper directed Poltergeist.

    Still, it would be a fun movie to see, a robotic version of 28 Days Later… And ANY director would have to steer clear of Terminator material…