Despite the movie being slated for 25th April 2014, Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse seems to have hit a few major road blocks. The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that the movie has been put on indefinite hold.
According to Martin Levy, speaking on behalf of Spielberg, 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.”
Earlier last year, Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) and Ben Wishaw (Skyfall) were all cast in the adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s science fiction novel. The book, released in 2011, was met with praise from writers such as Stephen King and Clive Cussler. Here’s the synopsis:
“Not far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike—yet massively powerful—artificial intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour—the moment the robots attack—the human race is almost annihilated, but as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back. This is the oral history of that conflict, told by an international cast of survivors who experienced this long and bloody confrontation with the machines.“
We will post more news on Robopocalypse when it comes in, but for now it looks like this one could join the ranks of the Greatest Science Fiction Movies Never Made.
Update – According to Spielberg, reports of Robopocalypse’s ‘indefinite delay’ have been exaggerated, with the director telling EW to expect the film to be pushed back around 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. 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.”