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Storyboards for Steven Spielberg's postponed Robopocalypse show what could have been

Dec. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

ROBOPOCALYPSE had everything going for it: Steven Spielberg directing, Drew Goddard scripting, and a cast that featured Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway, and Ben Whishaw. Combined, Spielberg's return to sci-fi action seemed like a no-brainer. But, then came the news that the film was postponed so that a more personal/lower budget perspective could be found. A new script was being developed and the cast was sent on their way. Oh, what could have been.

Now, some storyboards from ROBOPOCALYPSE have found their way online from artist Michael Anthony Jackson. The scene in question features the menacing mechwolves as they go on the attack. The images, even just in pencil, look like they would have made for an epic film if Spielberg had brought them to life. With the director claiming a smaller-scale take is being explored, who knows if we will ever see this scene brought to life.

In the near future, an increasingly robot-reliant society faces extinction after a computer scientist accidentally unleashes a sentient artificial intelligence named Archos. After failed attempts at making a non-homocidal artificial intelligence, the safeguards in a computer science lab are compromised. Archos, a supremely intelligent AI, becomes self-aware and immediately starts planning the decimation of human civilization in an attempt to preserve Earth's biodiversity. After infecting all penetrable networked electronic devices (cars, airplanes, elevators, robots, etc.) with a "precursor virus", Archos begins planning a systematic attack on the human race.

While it is highly unlikely that Spielberg will be able to reassemble the same cast with Chris Hemsworth getting ready for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and Anne Hathaway still at work on INTERSTELLAR, it could happen. Steven Spielberg has yet to name his next film and has dropped out of both AMERICAN SNIPER and ROBOPOCALYPSE.

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4:55PM on 12/23/2013
Robopocalypse was a blatant rip off of World War Z and just generally an all-around terrible book. I'm sure Spielberg could have actually done something with the material but I'm not exactly heartbroken to see he's moved on to projects more deserving of his time.
Robopocalypse was a blatant rip off of World War Z and just generally an all-around terrible book. I'm sure Spielberg could have actually done something with the material but I'm not exactly heartbroken to see he's moved on to projects more deserving of his time.
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7:52PM on 12/23/2013
They kinda look like the Spyders from Spielberg's Minority Report on steroids.
They kinda look like the Spyders from Spielberg's Minority Report on steroids.
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12:30AM on 12/24/2013

I read the book after hearing a about the film.

too bad. The book had some interesting machines that would look great on film. But the story reminded me too much of i, robot and eagle eye, all pretty generic.
too bad. The book had some interesting machines that would look great on film. But the story reminded me too much of i, robot and eagle eye, all pretty generic.
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9:51PM on 12/23/2013
If not Spielberg, then I hope at least someone with a good vision can bring this film back to life. It sounds terrific.
If not Spielberg, then I hope at least someone with a good vision can bring this film back to life. It sounds terrific.
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12:17AM on 12/24/2013
Duncan Jones. If you've ever seen "Moon" or "Source Code"...I think he'd be a perfect replacement for Spielberg. Too bad he's busy w/ the "World Of Warcraft" movie.
Duncan Jones. If you've ever seen "Moon" or "Source Code"...I think he'd be a perfect replacement for Spielberg. Too bad he's busy w/ the "World Of Warcraft" movie.
11:29AM on 12/24/2013
I have seen both and they're both two very incredible, underrated films. He would be a great replacement.

But I am excited to see what he does with Warcraft.
I have seen both and they're both two very incredible, underrated films. He would be a great replacement.

But I am excited to see what he does with Warcraft.
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10:07AM on 12/24/2013
"Robopocalypse " sounds like something we'd see on the Syfy channel. Right up there with "Sharknado" and similar garbage.
"Robopocalypse " sounds like something we'd see on the Syfy channel. Right up there with "Sharknado" and similar garbage.
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