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Robopocalypse is Going to Have to Wait

By January 9, 2013

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RobopocalypseThe Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Steven Spielberg's not quite ready to move forward with the film version of Robopocalypse. The big-budget sci-fi action film has big names attached to it - Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway - but the project is going to be delayed a while (there's no report on when it might be moved off the back burner). THR quotes Spielberg's spokesman Marvin Levy as saying the film was "too important and the script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce. It's back to the drawing board to see what is possible."

Robopocalypse was initially scheduled to go into production after Spielberg wrapped War Horse, but instead he opted to move forward on Lincoln. That film has him busy on the awards circuit and will likely be taking up a large amount of time until March.

Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) adapted Daniel H. Wilson's book for the screen. The story: "They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies...Now they're coming for you.

In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother disconcerted by her daughter's menacing 'smart' toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a 'pacification unit' go haywire - but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.

When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united." [courtesy of Random House, Inc]

DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox are co-financing the sci-fi drama.

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