Steven Spielberg has committed himself to the Sci-fi behemoth Robopocalypse, based upon the yet unpublished Daniel H. Wilson novel of the same name.
Speilberg will begin working on the project right after his present film Warhorse. The picture will shoot starting in January 2012 as another tentpole for the reconstituted Dreamworks studios and Touchstone will release it in 2013. This will be good news for anyone who has wanted to see a big, explosive sci-fi film directed by Spielberg, as the project has a pretty simple logline: it is about “the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising.”
Speilberg has been circling the project for a while. Dreamworks bought the rights to the book about a year ago, hired Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard to adapt the screenplay, and Spielberg has been mentioned as a possible director since then. The book isn’t yet published, street date is June, 2011 and it wasn’t even completed as Mr. Goddard was writing the script. Daniel Wilson was turning in pages of his novel draft, they were immediately being transformed into screenplay pages and storyboards at Dreamworks.
Reliance co-president Mark Sourian says:
"Robopocalypse embodies an imaginative story of a robot rebellion unleashed against the human race…This is a project we immediately sparked to and with Steven directing it we knew it was in the best possible hands to bring it to worldwide audiences."
After a couple years of light activity, Spielberg is getting busy once more. He’s got Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn set to release on December 23, 2011, and War Horse set for five days later on December 28, 2011.