Back in October Steven Spielberg signed on to direct his first sci-fi movie in 8 years, Robopocalypse, based on the novel by Daniel Wilson. At the time the novel wasn’t released (it hit shelves in June) so Spielberg decided to direct his WWI epic War Horse instead. But now the director has Robopocalypse in his sights again, and he’s got two studios backing him.
Steven Spielberg’s next film is so big, it needs two studios. DreamWorks and Fox are near a deal to co-finance Robopocalypse, a Drew Goddard-scripted adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson epic novel about the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising. I’m told that Disney will release domestically and Fox will distribute the film overseas.
Spielberg will first shoot his Abraham Lincoln film later this year with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but Robopocalypse will be his next film. Here’s a more detailed synopsis of the book, which suggests Spielberg’s robot uprising will be a global affair.
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…
A July 2013 release date is set, so shooting will probably begin next year. Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard has been working on the screenplay.