Steven Spielberg Talks ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Robopocalypse’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 2:08 pm,

Steven Spielberg hasn’t made a feature film since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, and he hasn’t made a good one since Munich in 2006. Now, after three years of nada, the man has two films coming out in December – The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse – and another starting production very soon: Lincoln.

While promoting Tintin, which is soon to be released in Europe, Spielberg momentarily touched on two of his other upcoming projects – Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the titular role, and Robopocalypse.

Courtesy of Empire, Spielberg detailed what we can expect from Lincoln, besides the fact that it will generally be about a man named Abraham Lincoln:

“We start shooting in October. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Team Of Rivals is much too big a book to be a movie, so the Lincoln story only takes place in the last few months of his Presidency and life. I was interested in how he ended the war through all the efforts of his generals…but more importantly how he passed the 13th Amendment into constitutional law. The Emancipation Proclamation was a war powers act and could have been struck down by any court after the war ended…But what permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment – that story I’m excited to tell.”

When asked if we can expect a historical film akin to Spielberg’s Amistad, he said:

“Amistad is much more visual than Lincoln is going to be. [Lincoln] feels very much like a procedural. It shows Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books…arguably the greatest working President in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world.”

One of the greatest filmmakers in the world directing one of the greatest actors in the world in the role of one of the greatest American Presidents ever? Sign us up.

As for Robopocalypse, Spielberg said of the sci-fi film:

“It reminded me of Michael Crichton. I’m in pre-production on it right now. I’m hoping to start shooting the picture some time in ’12. I don’t exactly know when, hopefully some time this summer, for a ’13 release.”

Might it be reminiscent, more specifically, of the Michael Crichton-written and directed Runaway, starring Tom Selleck as a future cop battling tiny evil robots and Gene Simmons (of K.I.S.S. fame) as the villainous scientist Selleck goes up against? Doubtful, but that would be humorous.

Steven Spielberg Directing Robopocalypse Steven Spielberg Talks Lincoln and Robopocalypse

It’s good to see Steven Spielberg doing so much work again. The man is responsible for numerous classics – Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders, E.T., Schindler’s, and so forth – so it’s always a shame whenever he’s absent from the filmic landscape in the director’s chair.

Hopefully, Tintin is a return to the adventurous Spielberg that gave us Raiders, War Horse is a return to the emotionally compelling Spielberg that gave us E.T., Lincoln is a return to the intelligent and poignant Spielberg that gave us The Color Purple and Schindler’s List, and Robopocalypse is a return to the suspenseful Spielberg that gave us Duel and Jaws.

Are you looking forward to Steven Spielberg’s slate of upcoming films? Let us know in the comments.

The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse hit theaters December 23, 2011 and December 28, 2011, respectively. Lincoln starts shooting in October and Robopocalypse starts shooting next year.


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Source: Empire

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  1. Daniel Day Lewis will follow the likes of fellow Brits Sir Ian Mckellen, Sir Christopher Lee, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Michael Gambon. And get his knighthood, this guy’s immense

  2. Robopocalypse sank without a trace. It was supposed to be this big new high concept novel and it was totally average that barely registered to anyone.

  3. Opening line of this article = hilarious!

    Still, I’m glad to hear Spielberg is back in the directors chair.

  4. Would have watched Neeson as Lincoln. DDL doesn’t interest me at all.

  5. Please please don’t make another film, Mr Spielberg.

  6. Spielberg is quite average in the past 15 years. Not very impressive at all. I’ll have to pass on seeing any of his new films from here on out especially with the high ticket prices and immense volume of excellent cable tv shows. Lincoln would make a better cable tv mini series IF Hollywood was willing to tell the truth instead of romanticize it.

  7. I think the last time Spielberg name was a drawing favor for me was for War of the world as he just delivered Minority report. Since then I’d rather go see a promising new director than Spielberg who is disappointing to put it midly.
    Sure the guy is a cinema legend but it doesn’t mean he’s still good at choosing good story and telling them right.
    1970 and 1980 : Jaws classic, Encounter of the third type classic, Indiana jones classic, E.T classic,
    Now let’s look at his track record since the 1990
    1991 Hook Nice kid movie
    1993 Jurassic Park A huge step in cinema evolution as it singlehandlely put CGI into orbit but the story honestly?
    1993 Schindler’s List acknowledged at last but lost the fun in the process….
    1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park No cgi
    1998 Saving Private Ryan classic and launched the shaky cam fad… like jurassic park not sure if it was a good idea but he did change the cinema landscape again….
    2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence No good.
    2002 Minority Report : Good movie, probably hyped by sensitive screen gadget and consumer theme
    2002 Catch Me If You Can : Fun ride
    2005 War of the Worlds : 1st half great , 2nd part bad
    2005 Munich Bad, bad, bad
    2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull No words for describing this….
    2011 The Adventures of Tintin : I didn’t even bother…

    Bottom line : he went from hitting home run all the time in the 70′s and 80′s to great in the 90′s to hit to bad in the 00′s …. Now he’s doing biopic?????! the most boring genre of all ? what’s next romcom?

  8. —-Its 2012. Lincoln has been —DONE —TO —-DEATH.

    Meanwhile, a functioning moviemaker would be spoiled for choice on this

    —the 200th Anniversary of the Defeat of Napoleonic Globalism at Moscow

    ——the 100th Anniversary of the Jeckyl Island banking and EUGENICS coup

    —–the 40th Anniversary of the NIXON_MAO handover summit

    —–and the 60th Anniversary of the awesomely relevant ——KOREAN WAR.

    AGAIN —spoiled for choice.