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Updated with Spielberg statement! Steven Spielberg has delayed his return to sci-fi with Robopocalypse indefinitely

01.11.2013

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Updated: After the hullabaloo yesterday over the perceived cancellation of ROBOPOCALYPSE, Spielberg quickly clarified that the movie is far from dead - just gone completely back to the drawing board while he potentially works on other things in the interim.  I don't know, I thought that was clear enough from the original news, but here's the new news in the words of the man himself:

“'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.'

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."

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Original story: In the works for years now, ROBOPOCALYPSE was all set to be Steven Spielberg's return to big-budget sci-fi filmmaking after last decade's entries MINORITY REPORT and WAR OF THE WORLDS

The adaptation, announced as Spielberg's next in October 2010, came with a planned start date of January 2012 and a script from Drew Goddard (THE CABIN IN THE WOODS).  But then the project was tabled in favor of LINCOLN which, after having made over $145 million and very possibly scored Spielberg an Oscar nomination for Best Director (we'll know later today), seems like a pretty smart choice in retrospect.  Still, once LINCOLN wrapped the production soldiered on, casting Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway, and Ben Whishaw over the last few months in preparation for what would have presumably been spring 2013 shoot. 

Except now that's all out the futuristic window, as Spielberg has elected to postpone ROBOPOCALYPSE for an undetermined period of time.  A spokesperson for Spielberg related that 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."   In related news, the legendary director shared in a recent interview (which is well worth reading) that he could direct an action film "in my sleep at this point in my career," and added "it doesn't attract me anymore."  Which I think it's safe to assume was definitely a part of his decision making process.  This could also, on a side note, as another nail in the "not doing Indy 5" coffin, which is probably just as well for a whole host of reasons really.

Are you sad that Spielberg has delayed his return to big-budget sci-fi, or do you prefer the place his career is going these days? And if you had your choice, what would you see him direct next?

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Extra Tidbit: Conversely, are there any fans of the book out there glad to see that it's not seeing an adaptation? At least, not one any time soon as Spielberg is presumably still on board to produce and would likely not let the project move forward with anybody until it had been reworked to his satisfaction.

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12:48PM on 01/11/2013
Better to let the project take its time and possibly imply higher quality than to rush it.

Talking about robots. Scary how fast some science fiction is becoming science fact.
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Better to let the project take its time and possibly imply higher quality than to rush it.

Talking about robots. Scary how fast some science fiction is becoming science fact.
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10:42AM on 01/11/2013

The Book

I actually liked the book quite a bit. I will admit, he basically took the idea from World War Z, but and I may be crucified for it, I liked this better than World War Z. I had it in my mind how I wanted it to play out, but if they are going smaller budget I'm not sure how it will adapt to screen. Hopefully they'll stay true to the material.
I actually liked the book quite a bit. I will admit, he basically took the idea from World War Z, but and I may be crucified for it, I liked this better than World War Z. I had it in my mind how I wanted it to play out, but if they are going smaller budget I'm not sure how it will adapt to screen. Hopefully they'll stay true to the material.
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5:59AM on 01/11/2013
I guess he did Crystal Skull while he was sleeping... that would explain a lot
I guess he did Crystal Skull while he was sleeping... that would explain a lot
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2:50PM on 01/10/2013
The book is absolutely terrible. Glad they're not making it.
The book is absolutely terrible. Glad they're not making it.
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2:01PM on 01/10/2013
Maybe now he can finally get Interstellar going. Been waiting for that one a LONG time
Maybe now he can finally get Interstellar going. Been waiting for that one a LONG time
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2:07PM on 01/10/2013
Just saw the next story that Chris Nolan might be picking up Interstellar. Wow, that would be awesome.
Just saw the next story that Chris Nolan might be picking up Interstellar. Wow, that would be awesome.
1:21PM on 01/10/2013
I agree with the man himself on this. I'd much rather him see do genres he hasn't tackled before, and smaller projects like Munich way more than the usual epic Spielberg material.
I agree with the man himself on this. I'd much rather him see do genres he hasn't tackled before, and smaller projects like Munich way more than the usual epic Spielberg material.
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12:22PM on 01/10/2013
This book was such a disappointment, I'd be just fine with a movie not being made.
This book was such a disappointment, I'd be just fine with a movie not being made.
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10:24AM on 01/10/2013

Book

It IS kinda a ripoff of World War Z, but the writer practically delivered a screenplay with it and it does have fresh ideas. A few years delay would do no harm.
It IS kinda a ripoff of World War Z, but the writer practically delivered a screenplay with it and it does have fresh ideas. A few years delay would do no harm.
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9:43AM on 01/10/2013

I think he opened his slate for starwars

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9:12AM on 01/10/2013
Darn, I was looking forward to this. I hope it comes together and Spielberg can return to it eventually.
Darn, I was looking forward to this. I hope it comes together and Spielberg can return to it eventually.
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9:08AM on 01/10/2013
Robopocalypse was a pretty terrible book that blatantly ripped off World War Z (so much so that I'm surprised there was never any lawsuits) so I can't say I'm too terribly disappointed by this news. Spielberg is better than this material.
Robopocalypse was a pretty terrible book that blatantly ripped off World War Z (so much so that I'm surprised there was never any lawsuits) so I can't say I'm too terribly disappointed by this news. Spielberg is better than this material.
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8:34AM on 01/10/2013
Man, this was the project that I most thought of since I heard Anne Hathaway was on board. Shoot. At least Spielberg explained that the project is too important. Glad to hear that, and the script is the most important to polish. Glad to hear that he wants that.
Man, this was the project that I most thought of since I heard Anne Hathaway was on board. Shoot. At least Spielberg explained that the project is too important. Glad to hear that, and the script is the most important to polish. Glad to hear that he wants that.
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7:56AM on 01/10/2013
well, the good news is we may get Jurassic Park 4 a lot sooner.
well, the good news is we may get Jurassic Park 4 a lot sooner.
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8:35AM on 01/10/2013
I feel like that too would fit under the "I'm not attracted to directing action anymore" banner...
I feel like that too would fit under the "I'm not attracted to directing action anymore" banner...
12:08PM on 01/10/2013
Would love for him to tackle Jurassic Park 4. I'm dieing for a new Jurassic Park film.
Would love for him to tackle Jurassic Park 4. I'm dieing for a new Jurassic Park film.
6:26PM on 01/10/2013
Soloist, I'm pretty sure he confirmed he was directing it. and alejandro, i have a feeling you may be right, but considering that Jurassic Park is a familiar name, plus the 3D re-release may push this film into the light, which may include Steven directing.
Soloist, I'm pretty sure he confirmed he was directing it. and alejandro, i have a feeling you may be right, but considering that Jurassic Park is a familiar name, plus the 3D re-release may push this film into the light, which may include Steven directing.
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