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At the beginning of this year, Steven Spielberg ("Minority Report") announced an indefinite postponement of his big-budget sci-fi adaptation of Robopocalypse. Based on the 2011 book by Daniel H. Wilson, Robopocalypse would have starred Chris Hemsworth ("The Avengers"), Anne Hathaway ("Interstellar"), and Ben Whishaw ("Skyfall"). The script was penned by Drew Goddard ("The Cabin in the Woods"). Why was production halted? Steven Spielberg's spokesman Marvin Levy said back in January that Robopocalypse 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.” Even though the film is in hiatus, let's take a look at some storyboards that artist Michael Anthony Jackson created for it. Unofficial Synopsis - In the future, robots have been created to serve Mankind. Archos, the 14° version of an advanced Artificial Intelligence developed by the U.S. government, continuously »
Steven Spielberg is still searching for his follow-up to "Lincoln." According to Deadline.com, Spielberg has dropped plans to direct "American Sniper," an adaptation of Chris Kyle's autobiography of the same name. Bradley Cooper is still attached to star in the film, which the actor told HuffPost Entertainment had been set to shoot in February of 2014.
This is the second film Spielberg has dropped in 2013. In January, the director put an indefinite delay on "Robopocalyse," an action blockbuster that was set to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway. Spielberg's reps cited script problems as the source of the delay. "The script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce," Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy said at the time. "It's back to the drawing board to see what is possible."
Per Deadline.com. Spielberg left "American Sniper" because of budget issues. He was first attached to the film in May. »
- Christopher Rosen
Documentary director Alex Gibney is among the 10 new additions elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Gibney, representing the documentary branch and succeeding the outspoken Michael Moore, will be joined by fellow first-timers Judianna Makovsky and Deborah Nadoolman (costume designers), Rick Carter and Jan Pascale (designers), Lynzee Klingman (film editors), Amy Pascal (executives), Kathryn Blondell and Bill Corso (makeup artists and hairstylists) and Nancy Utley (public relations).
Reelected to governor positions are Ed Begley Jr. (actors), John Bailey (cinematographers), Kathryn Bigelow (directors), Charles Fox (music), Jon Bloom (short films and feature animation), Curt Behlmer (sound), Richard Edlund (visual effects) and Robin Swicord (writers). In addition, Mark Johnson of the producers branch is returning to the board after a hiatus. »
- Jon Weisman
Marvin Levy’s words: the film is “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.“
Then, Steven Spielberg gave an update: “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. 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.“ Dawson Leery would be proud.
The film was set for an April 25th, 2014, release, which was already a delay from the original release date. »
- Andy Greene
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy said the project 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.’”
Written by super nerd Wilson, who has a Phd in Robotics, Robopocalypse tells the story of the origins of the robot uprising that laid waste to humankind. It overlaps several stories of people who have managed to survive and who are instrumental in human rebellion against their evil robotic overlords.
The extremely talented Drew Goddard of »
- Sara Castillo
The apocalypse has been delayed once again. After surviving the Mayan countdown last year, it looks like we've dodged another bullet with news that Oscar-nominated "Lincoln" director Steven Spielberg has 86'd plans to make a movie adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's sci-fi novel "Robopocalypse."
The movie, which chronicles the spread of an artificial intelligence virus that prompts the planet's machines to rise up against the human race, had been set for a 2014 release. According to the Hollywood Reporter it has now been "postponed indefinitely."
Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth were in talks to star in the movie, which Spielberg spokesperson Marvin Levy said, 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."
The $100-million-plus flick was announced in October 2010, before Wilson had even finished the novel. It was adapted for the screen by Drew Goddard, »
- Gil Kaufman
Though it was all systems go crazy for its slated 2014 release—even drafting Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth to star—The Hollywood Reporter reports that Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse has been put on sudden, indefinite hiatus, casting in doubt the future of the Daniel H. Wilson adaptation as well as our readiness for the robot apocalypse. Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy agrees that the project is simply “too important,” what with its timely warning for the future of all humanity, yet “the script is not ready and it’s too expensive to produce.” But, really, what price can one put »
Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse" is not moving forward -- at least, not for the time being. The long-planned adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's novel has been slowly moving forward in recent months, reportedly getting actors like Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw in talks to star. But now it's being reported that production on the film has been postponed for an "indefinite time."
"['Robopocalypse' is] too important and the script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce," Spielberg's spokesperson Marvin Levy tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's back to the drawing board to see what is possible."
That means that it's very unlikely that Spielberg will end up directing the sci-fi action film, which was originally planned to be his follow-up to "War Horse." But considering the fact Spielberg recently told "60 Minutes" that he could do an action movie "in my sleep at this point in my career" and »
Fans of Daniel H. Wilson's book Robopocalypse and the films of Steven Spielberg will have to wait to see what this collaboration can accomplish on the big screen. Spielberg's adaptation of the robots-run-amok-stomping-on-humans novel has been put on hold indefinitely.Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy said the project 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."I read Wilson's novel last year and it is a moderately ambitious story with multiple story lines. Some of them would have been great to see play out. The native American tribe that rises up to defend its land. Congresswoman Perez and her search for her daughter. Nomura, the Japanese factory worker who helps start the...
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[Update: Spielberg says Robopocalypse isn't "dead." Read on for more.]
Iconic director Steven Spielberg has eight science-fiction movies under his belt and there’s been much a healthy amount of excitement for his ninth exploration of the genre, with the developing Robopocalypse.
The Daniel H. Wilson novel adaptation (scripted by Cloverfield writer and Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard) was gearing up to begin pre-production this year, with a cast featuring Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) in prominent roles. However, the project’s hit some development snags and is now postponed until further notice.
“[The project is] 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.”
- Sandy Schaefer
The idea of the world’s biggest director tackling a film that would feature man vs robot action on a large scale was an exciting one to be sure, but some things just aren’t meant to be apparently. Get ready to taste some conspicuously salty robot tears. Steven Spielberg knows his way around a science fiction film, and no one would argue that he lacks action chops too, but according to the man himself (in a recent 60 Minutes interview) action films no longer appeal to him. That lack of interest may be at least part of the reason why Spielberg has announced that he’s stepping away from what was expected to be his next directorial effort… an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson‘s bestselling novel, “Robopocalypse.” Per THR, Dreamworks is moving the film to the back burner so that further script work can be completed. Spielberg’s spokesperson, Marvin Levy »
- Rob Hunter
News Ryan Lambie Jan 10, 2013
It's quite a morning for science fiction news, with the reports that Christopher Nolan is in talks to direct the time and space-travel movie Interstellar. At almost the same time, the news came through that Steven Spielberg's planned adaptation of Robopocalypse has been postponed - perhaps even indefinitely.
The word is that, although Spielberg intended to start on Robopocalypse after War Horse, he instead made the biopic Lincoln instead - apparently because of issues with Robopocalypse's script and budget.
"The script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce," Spielberg's representative Marvin Levy told the Hollywood Reporter. "It's back to the drawing board to see what's possible."
You’ll just have to wait to kill us, robots. Originally scheduled for 2014 with Steven Spielberg directing and starring Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway, looks like all you fans of Daniel Wilson’s “Robopocalypse” will just have to wait a little longer to battle the machines for the fate of humanity. According to Spielberg’s people, the director has put the film on “indefinite” hold: Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy said the project 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.” I knew that 2014 release date was a little too damn optimistic… Update: Spielberg clarifies that “Robopocalypse” is not dead, saying: 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. I found the personal way into Robopocalypse, »
Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy says the project 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."
Based on the 2011 book by Daniel H. Wilson, Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth were in talks to star in the project which Dreamworks was aiming to get into production this year for release Summer 2014.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Robopocalypse is no longer Steven Spielberg's next film, presumably because you can't just follow something like Lincoln with something called Robopocalypse. Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy says the real reason is that the film is "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." Spielberg got on board in 2010 and had a 2014 release targeted; Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth were in talks to star. »
- Zach Dionne
Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse has been put on hold. The project, which was tipped to star Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth, has been postponed indefinitely, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Spielberg's spokesperson Marvin Levy said that the team is heading "back to the drawing board to see what is possible", also noting that the project is "too important and the script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce". Skyfall (more) »
- By Kate Goodacre
Originally set for 2014 with Steven Spielberg directing, and Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway starring, it appears mankind will be spared the robot uprising for a few more years … if not longer. News from Hollywood has Spielberg’s “Robopocalypse”, based on the novel by Daniel Wilson, being “postponed for an indefinite time”. This is no Internet scuttlebutt, either. Spielberg’s own spokesman Marvin Levy confirmed the delay, saying about the would-be expensive sci-fi action movie: [Robopocalypse] is 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. This news comes on the heels of Spielberg, who is currently doing the awards circuit with “Lincoln”, recently telling the television program “60 Minutes” that he had grown tired of directing action movies. “Robopocalypse”, if it got made, would definitely qualify as an “action movie”. A big-budget, sci-fi action movie spectacular, »
Bad news for science fiction fans today, as THR reports Robopocalypse, Steven Spielberg's return to science fiction, has been indefinitely postponed. We were very excited about the possibility of one of the world's best directors returning to a genre we love, and even more stoked because the script (based on Daniel H. Wilson's book) was being written by The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard. But the new report states that the script wasn't quite up to snuff, so instead of rushing things forward anyway, the filmmakers are pumping the brakes and seeing what kinds of solutions they can come up with. Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy told THR that the project 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." Well, it's obvious that we're bummed about this update, »
- Ben Pearson
Steven Spieberg's next film was supposed to the big budget sci-fi film Robopocalypse, but it's been put on hold. It was supposed to start shooting this spring, but apparently he just wants some more time to develop it. The movie isn't dead, it's just going to take a little more time to get to the big screen. Spielberg still plans on directing it, the film just isn't rush priority for him. Spielberg's spokesman, Marvin Levy, released a statement saying, the movie is "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."
The film is an adaptation of a novel written by Daniel H. Wilson, and the screenplay was written by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield). The story centers on a battle for survival after mankind generates its first mass intelligence computer brain only to see it escape, »
- Joey Paur
Steven Spielberg's futuristic thriller "Robopocalypse," has been put on hold indefinitely, according to a spokesman for Spielberg, who's directing and producing the film. "Robopocalypse," a co-production between DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox, explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising, and is an adaptation of a Daniel H. Wilson novel of the same name. Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy told TheWrap that the script for the film wasn't ready, and given the expense involved with producing the film, it was decided to put things on hold and go back to »
- Tim Kenneally
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