Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln lead the Oscar nominations earlier today with 12 nods, but his return to sci-fi with Robopocalypse isn’t going so swimmingly. THR ran a report yesterday saying the film “has been postponed for an indefinite time” as the script isn’t ready and they are trying to scale down the budget. The film, which is set in the near future and focuses on a global war between man and machine, had Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway linked to the lead roles.
In a new interview with EW Spielberg confirmed the movie has been put on hold, but said it is by no means dead.
The director has told everyone involved to make other movies during the downtime, and he hopes to be ready to shoot again in “six to eight months”.
“We found that the film was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally,” Spielberg said. “I found the personal way into Robopocalypse, and so I just told everybody to go find other jobs, I’m starting on a new script and we’ll have this movie back on its feet soon.”
He said he’s not sure of the timeline for when they might shoot, let alone get it into theaters, but he estimated a delay of about six to eight months. Spielberg was adamant that he wasn’t scratching Robopocalypse off his to-do list. “Not at all. I’m working on it as we speak,” he said.
Here’s a detailed synopsis of the novel by Daniel H. Wilson:
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…