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Steven Spielberg talks about the impending Robopocalypse

01.12.2012

During an interview with Time Out London for WAR HORSE, Stephen Spielberg had a bit to say about his upcoming film, ROBOPOCALYPSE.

‘It’s a movie about a global war between man and machine,’ the director tells me. ‘I had a great time creating the future on MINORITY REPORT, and it’s a future that is coming true faster than any of us thought it would. ROBOPOCALYPSE takes place in 15 or 20 years, so it’ll be another future we can relate to. It’s about the consequences of creating technologies which make our lives easier, and what happens when that technology becomes smarter than we are. It’s not the newest theme, it’s been done throughout science fiction, but it’s a theme that becomes more relevant every year.’

It's certainly not the newest theme, especially since Daniel H. Wilson's book is a blantant ripoff of Max Brooks' WORLD WAR Z, with robots shoved in place of zombies. It's a trick the author tried before to great (commercial) success with "How to Stop A Robot Uprising", a blatant ripoff of Brooks' "Zombie Survival Guide". Unfortunately Brooks doesn't have any more books for Wilson to copy, so his career may be at an end.

Still, even with my intense disdain of this hack writer I've got faith that Spielberg can do something interesting with it. He's been on one helluva roll lately, seemingly reconnecting with the more adventurous period from his younger days, and it will be nice to see him try something darker again.

Source: Time Out London

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11:40PM on 01/13/2012
So this is like a sequel to I, Robot then? Because that would be awesome.
So this is like a sequel to I, Robot then? Because that would be awesome.
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11:12PM on 01/13/2012

Thoughts

I have read Robopocalypse and have a few thoughts on this article...

While the novel may be a "rip-off" of World War Z, the author at least uses his Ph.D. in robotics to write it. It's transparent the author knows his shit. It all comes down to imagination in the end, but the fact that this science fiction is closer to reality helps.

Now, I didn't find the novel the most impressive thing I've ever read; however, an adaptation only needs key moments. It's full of great moments, and for
I have read Robopocalypse and have a few thoughts on this article...

While the novel may be a "rip-off" of World War Z, the author at least uses his Ph.D. in robotics to write it. It's transparent the author knows his shit. It all comes down to imagination in the end, but the fact that this science fiction is closer to reality helps.

Now, I didn't find the novel the most impressive thing I've ever read; however, an adaptation only needs key moments. It's full of great moments, and for everything the novel lacks, Spielberg can make up for visually. It has a lot of potential.

I read once that Hitchcock would only read a novel once, and if he couldn't remember a part, he didn't feel it was good enough to be in the film.

I think since the novel isn't something grand, it gives Spielberg some room to play around with.
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1:08PM on 01/13/2012

@dennisv

you read the article before me or i woulda added that along with irobot. this movie even with spielberg attached does not have me thinking its gonna be worth the theatre fee. netflix yes,at the movies no. i havent let a trailer for a movie fool me since i was a teenager. yes i know there is no trailer yet but when it arrives ill stand by my decision
you read the article before me or i woulda added that along with irobot. this movie even with spielberg attached does not have me thinking its gonna be worth the theatre fee. netflix yes,at the movies no. i havent let a trailer for a movie fool me since i was a teenager. yes i know there is no trailer yet but when it arrives ill stand by my decision
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7:14AM on 01/13/2012

Also

During the French press conference for the film, he also said it would be "a pop corn movie with a meaning, even though you'll have to look for the meaning under the pop corn, it WILL be here."
During the French press conference for the film, he also said it would be "a pop corn movie with a meaning, even though you'll have to look for the meaning under the pop corn, it WILL be here."
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1:18AM on 01/13/2012
I bet after the third horrible Transformer film, The Beard thought, "I could do soooo much better."
I bet after the third horrible Transformer film, The Beard thought, "I could do soooo much better."
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1:07AM on 01/13/2012

Hello, my name is Skynet.

and who the fuck are you?
and who the fuck are you?
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12:11AM on 01/13/2012

Wat

I Haven't seen it yet but.. Anyone liked War Horse ?
I Haven't seen it yet but.. Anyone liked War Horse ?
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8:28PM on 01/12/2012

Stephen Spielberg?

Really? I mean, really?
Really? I mean, really?
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8:22PM on 01/12/2012
Rip-off or not, when he talks about themes, he talks about technologies, not zombies or the way the story is told.
Rip-off or not, when he talks about themes, he talks about technologies, not zombies or the way the story is told.
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6:57PM on 01/12/2012

I Feel Dumb

I guess I'm the only one who liked the book. It is catching a lot of crap.
I guess I'm the only one who liked the book. It is catching a lot of crap.
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9:42AM on 01/13/2012
I enjoyed the book too. It isn't the best of its genre that I've ever read but it was OK.
I enjoyed the book too. It isn't the best of its genre that I've ever read but it was OK.
6:19PM on 01/12/2012

hope this will be a true return of spielberg...

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6:19PM on 01/12/2012
Max Brooks has that short story about the zombie apocalypse as told from a vampire perspective, so he could always write a book about how vampires feel about robots. Also there are those g.i.joe graphic novels he wrote. Take out Zartan and Snakeyes, and add in robot ninja and robot master of disguise.
Max Brooks has that short story about the zombie apocalypse as told from a vampire perspective, so he could always write a book about how vampires feel about robots. Also there are those g.i.joe graphic novels he wrote. Take out Zartan and Snakeyes, and add in robot ninja and robot master of disguise.
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5:56PM on 01/12/2012
Let's hope Robopocalypse is good, Spielberg has made a lot of average/bad movies in his career (The Lost World, A.I., Indiana Jones 4, The Terminal, War Horse, Amistad, 1941, Always, and Tintin) He's a good director, but he's a lot more hit or miss than people realize. From what I hear, the Robopocalype book isn't very good either. Speilberg is going to have an uphill battle making this good/cool.
Let's hope Robopocalypse is good, Spielberg has made a lot of average/bad movies in his career (The Lost World, A.I., Indiana Jones 4, The Terminal, War Horse, Amistad, 1941, Always, and Tintin) He's a good director, but he's a lot more hit or miss than people realize. From what I hear, the Robopocalype book isn't very good either. Speilberg is going to have an uphill battle making this good/cool.
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6:53PM on 01/12/2012
You cherry picked his weakest movies and say he's hit and miss? You've seen Jaws, Schidler's List, Minority Report, Close Encounters, the original Indiana Jones trilogy, Color Purple, Saving Private Ryan, right? Either you think it's hip to shit on Spielberg or just dont realize the impact he's made on film....
You cherry picked his weakest movies and say he's hit and miss? You've seen Jaws, Schidler's List, Minority Report, Close Encounters, the original Indiana Jones trilogy, Color Purple, Saving Private Ryan, right? Either you think it's hip to shit on Spielberg or just dont realize the impact he's made on film....
7:05PM on 01/12/2012
I "cherry picked" half of his movies. When half of your movies are bad, then that makes you a hit or miss director. Besides, I said Spielberg is a "hit or miss" director, not a bad director. I like Speilberg, I'm just upset that he's been churning out so much shit lately. I miss 1980s Speilberg.
I "cherry picked" half of his movies. When half of your movies are bad, then that makes you a hit or miss director. Besides, I said Spielberg is a "hit or miss" director, not a bad director. I like Speilberg, I'm just upset that he's been churning out so much shit lately. I miss 1980s Speilberg.
7:40PM on 01/12/2012
Amistad, War Horse and AI are average to bad movies? Never knew that...
Amistad, War Horse and AI are average to bad movies? Never knew that...
7:42PM on 01/12/2012
For me the only really bad Spielberg movie you have mentioned is 1941. Always and Amistad aren't great but still not bad, I enjoyed Lost World and Indy 4 (yes, I did), and I really like AI, Terminal and Tintin! Haven't seen War Horse yet.
For me the only really bad Spielberg movie you have mentioned is 1941. Always and Amistad aren't great but still not bad, I enjoyed Lost World and Indy 4 (yes, I did), and I really like AI, Terminal and Tintin! Haven't seen War Horse yet.
1:16AM on 01/13/2012
Honestly, I'd say what you listed are good/great films. The rest of his films are classics and masterpieces.
Honestly, I'd say what you listed are good/great films. The rest of his films are classics and masterpieces.
11:52AM on 01/13/2012
Ugh, please.

Yes, you're right on the money with all of those movies. All of them are disappointments at the end of the day.
Ugh, please.

Yes, you're right on the money with all of those movies. All of them are disappointments at the end of the day.
4:02PM on 01/13/2012
Asking for replies when lopping "average" and "bad" in the same class. Also, didn't see any mention of Munich. Care to elaborate what you consider bad? I am guessing it is quite a smaller list.
Asking for replies when lopping "average" and "bad" in the same class. Also, didn't see any mention of Munich. Care to elaborate what you consider bad? I am guessing it is quite a smaller list.
5:55PM on 01/12/2012
The book absolutely sucks. There's no way without a massive change of direction this movie will be good based on the book. The book is all over the place and is written by a two year old.
The book absolutely sucks. There's no way without a massive change of direction this movie will be good based on the book. The book is all over the place and is written by a two year old.
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