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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
Steven Spielberg is currently turning his hand to a pair of new movies. Firstly, there's the Cold War thriller that he's making with Tom Hanks, based on a screenplay by the Coen Brothers (we talked about that one, here). He's in the midst of putting that together right now. Then, he moves on to a family movie for the first time in what feels like an age, as he tackles Roald Dahl's The Bfg.
One film that, if all had gone to plan, he'd have released by now is an adaptation of Daniel H Wilson's Robopocalypse. The book is structurally not dissimilar to Max Brooks' World War Z, and Spielberg was progressing on the project, before it went into turnaround. The given reason was that it was going to be too expensive to make, »
We’re closing in on two years from when the last Steven Spielberg-directed movie (the Oscar-winner Lincoln) hit theaters. Since then, the filmmaker has been linked to a couple projects (Robopocalypse, Gods and Kings) that have since either been put on the back burner or fallen into development hell. Recently, the word’s been that Spielberg will next direct a currently-untitled Cold War drama, followed by a live-action movie based on Roald Dahl’s The Bfg; today, we can confirm the news, as these films now have official release dates.
Spielberg’s E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison was hired a few years ago to adapt The Bfg – Dahl’s book about the young orphan Sophie, who befriends the whimsical, dream-delivering, Big Friendly Giant, Bfg for ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Given the sheer number of projects he has in development at any one time, we’ve found it best to wait for Steven Spielberg to commit to a film before anticipating it too much. Even then, that can be a false hope, as happened with Robopocalypse, which is still in limbo. Disney is much more confident, however, and has scheduled release dates for not one but two of Spielberg’s planned new movies, with his still untitled Cold War thriller due in 2015 and Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg set for 2016.Tom Hanks is officially attached to the first film, which was originally scripted by Matt Charman but is currently undergoing a re-write by no lesser filmmakers than the Coen brothers. Based on a true story, it’ll find Hanks as James Donovan, a lawyer thrust into the frozen heart of the Cold War when the CIA dispatches him to Russia »
We already knew Joel and Ethan Coen were rewriting Steven Spielberg's upcoming Untitled Cold War Thriller, which is set to star Tom Hanks, but the film now has an official October 16, 2015 release date. Matt Charman penned the original draft of the screenplay, which will follow James Donovan (Hanks), the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier. Additionally, Spielberg will direct and adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg with a screenplay written by Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial). The story centers on the title character, which is a not-so-ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of »
- Brad Brevet
We’ve not heard from Steven Spielberg since 2012′s Lincoln and his adaptation of Robopocalypse has been put on indefinite hold, but we now know the release dates of his next two movies, including his live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book The Bfg.
First up is Spielberg teaming up with Tom Hanks (Captain Philips) in an untitled Cold War thriller based on the real-life story of James Donovan, who was sent on a next-to-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot by the CIA. It may not have a title, but it will hit cinemas on October 16th 2015.
After that, Spielberg will be helming the live-action version of The Bfg, which is set for release on July 1st 2016, tells the fantastical story of a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young orphan girl. Dreamworks acquired the rights to the book in 2011 with Kathleen Kenedy »
- Luke Owen
Briefly: It looks like we have official release dates for the next two Steven Spielberg-directed movies. In the last year, we've been covering news on Spielberg projects that have come about since Robopocalypse was delayed. A few months ago it was announced Spielberg was attached to an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg (seen above), a family friendly story about a little girl who leads a friendly giant and the Queen of England on a journey to stop man-eating giants from gobbling children. Thanks to @ERCboxoffice, that one has been scheduled for release July 1st, 2016 two years away. In addition, the Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks that Spielberg is also attached to has been given a release date - October 16th, 2015. Read on. Up first, the currently untitled Cold War thriller tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers, »
- Alex Billington
Joel and Ethan Coen came on board last month to write the script for the Cold War project, which Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. The Coen Brothers, who won screenwriting Oscars for “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” are revising Matt Charman’s script.
The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, who Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier.
Variety reported that Hanks had come on board the project in mid-April. »
- Dave McNary
The untitled cold war thriller that Steven Spielberg is looking to direct and Tom Hanks wants to star in just got a lot more interesting. According to THR, Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) have come on board to write the script.
The movie will tell the true story of James Donovan, "a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the Iron Curtain to negotiate the release of a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia."
Hanks will be playing Donovan, and I think it's a perfect part for him to take on. Hanks is one of my all time favorite actors. I grew up watching everything that he ever did, and I'll keep watching his stuff. The guy is just so damn talented.
This is one of several projects that Spielberg is lining up to direct. »
- Joey Paur
Steven Speilberg is a busy chap. A very busy chap indeed. That sounds like the start of some movie orientated nursery rhyme. Anyway, with Joel and Ethan Coen having been hired to write a new draft of a yet untitled Cold War story, the Jurassic Park director is now set to take on this movie next and following on from that, expect his ass in the director's chair of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg, amidst a plethora of other projects, including Robopocalypse (which has gone back to the rewrite chamber) This unnamed cold war thriller is based on a true story, following the tale of James Donovan an American lawyer who was enlisted by the CIA and negotiate the release of a U-2 spy plane bomber pilot that was shot down over Russia. The movie will see Tom Hanks reteam with Spielberg again (they previously worked on Saving Private Ryan, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Well, this is interesting: According to THR, the Coen brothers have signed on to do a rewrite of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War thriller. The original script was written by Matt Charman and follows the true story of an attorney named James Donovan (Hanks) who negotiated with the Kgb to save the life of a downed spy plane pilot. While Spielberg has a few options for his next directorial venture — including Montezuma and Robopocalypse — this one may have just skyrocketed to the top of the list. »
- Anna Silman
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