Screen Rant has been following the progress of Robopocalypse for quite a while now. The project, about a robot uprising, first caught the attention of Steven Spielberg last March, but the legendary director passed in order to direct War Horse.

It looks like Spielberg’s love for Robopocalypse never died, as he has now confirmed that the film will be his next project as a director.Robopocalypse is based on a novel by Daniel H. Wilson, and when it first caught Spielberg’s eye it wasn’t even completed – with Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard adapting pages of the book, pretty much as they were being written by Wilson. The film has been prepped for production well in advance, with storyboards and other designs for the film being developed concurrently – with Spielberg set to start shooting in January, 2012 with an eye to distribute the film in 2013.

Plot details for Robopocalypse are currently hard to come by because Wilson’s book still hasn’t been published – with Doubleday set to unveil it in June.

Spielberg is a prolific director, though, to some, it may look as if the filmmaker hasn’t been working since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released in 2007. Spielberg currently has Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn in post-production (due out December 28, 2011) and he’s in the middle of shooting the World War 1 drama War Horse, which is set for release one week earlier on December 21, 2011. The Jaws director has also been mulling over a myriad of other directing choices and has been running a film studio – so he’s been far from idle in recent times.

With Spielberg now set to helm Robopocalypse, it draws into question the chances of audiences ever seeing Indiana Jones 5 – at least any time soon. Shia LaBeouf, Harrison Ford, and George Lucas have stated there is a story for a fifth Indy adventure – but it would appear that if the film does go before cameras, it won’t do so until 2012, at the earliest. Would Harrison Ford be too old to play Indy again at 70?

Robopocalypse has yet to get a cast, but as with any Spielberg film, it’s pretty safe to assume that he’ll be able to get a stellar line-up. Keep reading Screen Rant to discover more about Robopocalypse as we get it.

Source: Deadline