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The film will be written by Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson. Not much is known about the plot other than its being described as a sci-fi survival tale in the vein of Jack London, who wrote the classic survival stories Call of the Wild and White Fang.
Canadian director Anthony Scott Burns has been chosen to helm Alpha. It will be his feature debut as a director.
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- Philip Sticco
Whilst Daniel H Wilson's Robopocalypse sits in development, awaiting the re-interest of Steven Spielberg, another of the author's books has nudged closer to the screen. This time it's Alpha, described as a sci-fi survivalist thriller, and Wilson - who we interviewed here - is attached to pen the screenplay of this one.
The film is set to be directed by Anthony Scott Burns, which will mark his feature directing debut, and the rights to it have been picked up by Brad Pitt and his Plan B production company. Pitt will therefore produce, but it's unclear whether we'll see him before the camera as well.
Lionsgate is set to distribute Alpha, and we'd imagine it'll be heading towards production shortly.
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Wilson came up with the original idea and will write the screenplay, but details of the project are being kept secret other than it being akin to a sci-fi take on the works of Jack London.
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- Garth Franklin
News today is that Wilson has sold an original idea to Brad Pitt's Plan B. Not a lot of information is available on Alpha but THR reports "it is known to be sci-fi survival story that has shades of Jack London."
So basically, a sci-fi survival story. Not exactly new ground for Wilson.
In addition to the announcement of the project, which Wilson will also write, it was confirmed that Canadian director Anthony Scott Burns will make his feature film debut with the project. Burns is a commercial director w [Continued ...] »
Following the surprise success of World War Z last year, Brad Pitt has clearly been on the hunt for more literary-sourced raw material for movies. He’s now attached to produce Alpha, which Robopocalypse writer Daniel H. Wilson dreamed up and will turn into a script.Lionsgate has come aboard to work on the film, which is largely being kept quiet. The Hollywood Reporter has heard that it’s a science-fiction-flecked tale of survival in the mould of Jack London's The Call Of The Wild.Anthony Scott Burns, who like several recent directors has won the job thanks to a couple of canny short films, is set to call the shots on the film once Wilson – who came up with the idea and will bypass the book stage this time – has written the screenplay. There’s no indication as to whether Pitt wants to star in this one, though »
Novelist Daniel H. Wilson nearly saw his words on the big screen two years back, when Steven Spielberg optioned the rights to his novel Robopocalypse. While it might be taking a while to develop, it is still apparently on the director’s to-do list, but that doesn’t mean his robo-infused mind has stalled. Now, it seems Brad Pitt’s production banner, Plan B, are set to collaborate with the author on his original idea, Alpha.
Wilson will be penning the script and Canadian newcomer Anthony Scott Burns has been tagged to direct. As part of his pitch to land the gig, Burns crafted a fake commercial based around one of the companies in the story. A pretty neat idea, one which likely stemmed from his outside-the-box approach to filmmaking. Prior to landing the gig, Burns was known online for having designed a badass fan trailer for Tron, as well »
- Gem Seddon
To say that we are fans of Canadian filmmaker Anthony Scott Burns is a gross understatement. We have been championing this man's work for some time now. From the opening titles he helped create for Styleframes NYC, his tribute to sci-fi in Epoch and his amazing short film Manifold, we've been there touting this burgeoning Canadian talent.And now Burns is going to get that chance to prove he can handle a larger production. He has been attached to the sci-fi thriller Alpha, which is being produced by Brad Pitt and his banner Plan B. The story was written by Robogenesis and Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson and is reportedly a sci-fi survival story in the vein of Jack London (White Fang and The Call of the Wild). Lionsgate has picked up the...
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Though author Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse came super close to being a Steven Spielberg movie (which he may or may not still make), another idea of his is now poised to come to the big screen via Brad Pitt. THR reports that Lionsgate has picked up the sci-fi thriller Alpha, based on an original idea by Wilson, with Pitt set to produce alongside his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Plot details are under wraps, but the film is a sci-fi survival story “that has shades” of White Fang author Jack London. Wilson will write the screenplay based on his own idea, and newcomer Anthony Scott Burns is set to make his feature directorial debut with the project. Burns’ pitch for the film apparently involved a fake commercial for a fictional company that is central to the story. More after the jump. Pitt’s Plan B »
- Adam Chitwood
Brad Pitt has signed on to produce the sci-fi thriller Alpha through his Plan B Productions, with Canadian filmmaker Anthony Scott Burns set to make his feature directorial debut. It isn't known if Brad Pitt plans on starring in Alpha at this time, but he will produce with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.
Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson came up with the original story and will write the screenplay himself. While no specific story details were given, the plot is said to be a sci-fi survival tale that is compared to the works of Jack London (Call of the Wild, White Fang).
Part of the pitch was a commercial for a fake company that is central to the story, which Anthony Scott Burns shot himself. While Alpha will mark the Toronto-based filmmaker's directorial debut, he garnered attention for directing a fan-made trailer entitled Tron Destiny, and a short film entitled Manifold, »
While we wait to hear the next move on author Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse adaptation with Steven Spielberg, another one of his ideas is actually moving along. Reports tell us that Lionsgate has picked up the sci-fi thriller Alpha, based on an original idea by Wilson. He will write the screenplay, Anthony Scott Burns is set to make his feature directorial debut with the project, and Brad Pitt is set to produce with his Plan B partners who have produced work like World War »
- Graham McMorrow
13 Hours: Michael Bay is in negotiations to direct 13 Hours, based on a 2012 terrorist attack in Beghazi, Libya that left the U.S. ambassador dead. Chuck Hogan adapted the book by Mitchell Zuckoff; the film focuses on six members of a security team that fought to defend an American military compound. [The Hollywood Reporter] Robopocalypse: Back in January 2013, Steven Spielberg decided to put the brakes on his planned production of sci-fi action movie Robopocalypse, based on a novel by Daniel Wilson. While Spielberg is currently filming an untitled Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks and will follow that with children's adventure The Bfg, Wilson holds out hope that his book will still be filmed. "It’s basically in the queue as far as I know," he said...
- Peter Martin
When your name is Steven Spielberg, you can afford to be choosey with your projects. Even better, you can afford to be patient. When a Spielberg film drops off the map for a while, it doesn't necessarily mean it's dead- like it might with other directors. It just means that he's taking a step back to get it right, as opposed to just racing forward with something that's half-baked. Such is the case with Robopocalypse, the sci-fi flick that Spielberg has long been linked to bringing to the big screen.
We almost got this thing years ago. He had slated production to begin once he was finished with War Horse. Well, as you might have noticed, War Horse came out in 2011 and we still don't have any Spielbergian robots storming our screens. The director, seemingly dissatisfied with the state of the script, and the studio- alarmed by what it would »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Author Daniel H Wilson has said that the long-delayed adaptation of his novel has not been cancelled.
"It's basically in the queue as far as I know," he told Den of Geek. "You know, Spielberg has other movies that he's directing right now.
"But Robopocalypse has certainly been worked on. I'm sure that DreamWorks is still very excited about it. That's what all indications are. It's just about being patient, you know?
"I think one of the films on Spielberg's slate is The Bfg, and that's been floating around for about ten years! I don't really know what a timeline is, but that's certainly normal. So I'm just being patient and working on all my projects. It would be some wonderful bonus points if that ever comes together."
Spielberg is currently directing an untitled Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks. He »
Back in late 2012, it was looking like Steven Spielberg was readying a film adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's sci-fi novel "Robopocalypse" as his next directorial effort. Drew Goddard ("Cabin in the Woods") was adapting the screenplay whilst the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were onboard to star.
Then, early last year, it suddenly died. Spielberg officially postponed the project because the initial screenplay required heavy reworking and he wanted to find another way into the story. Talk about the film ceased and Spielberg dabbled with a few other ideas before hopping onto his current commitments to both "St. James Place" and "The Bfg".
At last report Spielberg is still developing it. Unfortunately, like many filmmakers from Guillermo del Toro to Ridley Scott, it is one of at least a half dozen projects the director is attached to and it's really a roll of the dice »
- Garth Franklin
13 Hours: Michael Bay is in negotiations to direct 13 Hours, based on the 2012 terrorist attack in Beghazi, Libya that left the U.S. ambassador dead. Chuck Hogan adapted the book by Mitchell Zuckoff; the film focus on six members of a security team that fought to defend civilians at an American military compound. [The Hollywood Reporter] Robopocalypse: Back in January 2013, Steven Spielberg decided to put the brakes on his planned production of sci-fi action movie...
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Nearly two years ago, back in January 2013, DreamWorks indefinitely delayed director Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse, which was slated to be his next film at the time. The filmmaker insisted shortly thereafter that the project is not completely dead, but, at the same time, we haven't heard any updates since then. Today, we have word from author Daniel H. Wilson, who wrote the book that this project is adapted from, that there is still hope Robopocalypse may see the light of day.
"It's basically in the queue as far as I know. You know, Spielberg has other movies that he's directing right now. But Robopocalypse has certainly been worked on. I'm sure that Dreamworks is still very excited about it. That's what all indications are."
Nearly two years ago, Steven Spielberg was putting together the pieces for his next film, Robopocalypse. The adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel of the same name was to return the director to a large-scale tentpole-type picture, telling the story of a future where an artificial intelligence comes online and threatens a, well, robot apocalypse. Chris Hemsworth was set as the lead, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were poised to co-star, Drew Goddard was writing the screenplay, and filming was set to begin in Spring 2013 until suddenly it all came to a halt. Spielberg decided to postpone the film indefinitely after coming up with “a better way to tell the story” that would necessitate heavy reworking of the screenplay. The filmmaker went on to flirt with American Sniper before committing to shooting two new films back-to-back (he’s filming the first one right now), so whatever happened to Robopocalypse? »
- Adam Chitwood
Steven Spielberg’s take on Daniel H. Wilson’s frankly brilliant novel, Robopocalypse, technically should have already hit screens by now. The anticipated robot-apocalypse (what, you didn’t get that from the title?) sci-fi tale was gearing up to head into production in 2012, with Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw all attached. And then… it sorta fell apart. But fear not, because now we have word from Wilson that all hope is not yet lost!
In an interview with Den Of Geek (via Film), the author shed light on what’s currently happening with the project. It turns out there’s still no definitive change since the entire film was returned to the development docket back in January 2013 – but it’s not been wiped entirely from Spielberg’s radar:
It’s basically in the queue as far as I know. You know, Spielberg has other movies that he’s directing right now. »
- Gem Seddon
What’s up with the Steven Spielberg film Robopocalypse? At one point it was all set to be his next film, but that was back in 2012. The script was being developed by Spielberg and Drew Goddard as Daniel H. Wilson wrote his novel. Actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were all […]
- Russ Fischer
Steven Spielberg is well-known for taking a lot of time with many of his projects and Robopocalypse is clearly no exception. We have been hearing about the movie, anxiously waiting for it to come to fruition for years. The adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel at one point had Chris Hemsworth set to star with Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw. Drew Goddard was even writing the screenplay until spring of 2013 when Spielberg put it all on hold saying “We found that the film was »
- Graham McMorrow
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