After his three-year absence after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Steven Spielberg has come back with a vengeance, at least in terms of output. This December he’ll have The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse (one for box office, one for Oscars) and next November or December, he’ll have his Lincoln biopic followed by the action film Robopocalypse on July 3, 2013. As Tintin gears up for its European tour, Spielberg has been doing the press rounds and commented on Lincoln and Robopocalypse. For his robot disaster flick, Spielberg seemed a little uncertain on the release date, but he says he’s already in pre-production and hopes to shoot in 2012. He adds, “It reminded me of Michael Crichton.” Before that makes you shudder, keep in mind that he took the poorly-written Jurassic Park and made magic out of that. [Update: I should clarify that Jurassic Park has a strong central idea and good characters, but Spielberg and David Koepp tightened the plotting and excised dumb scenes like where Hammond is eaten by tiny dinosaurs and the ending where the characters are denied re-entry into the U.S.]
Hit the jump for what Spielberg had to say about Lincoln.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard much regarding Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson novel Robopocalypse. Almost a year ago, we reported that the director would make the pic his next film after War Horse (due out this December 28th). However, it now looks as if his historical drama Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will take on that role with a potential December 2012 release in sight. All of that no news stuff ends today, though, as reports are filing in that DreamWorks and Fox will co-finance Robopocalypse with the former distributing the film domestically and the latter internationally (news that should be welcomed by those hoping to see the film follow Lincoln).
Cloverfield‘s Drew Goddard has penned the script for Robopocalypse based upon the aforementioned Wilson novel which hit bookshelves this June. For those unfamiliar, the book is set in the near future and tells the story of an artificial intelligence named Archos who assumes the persona of an innocent boy and takes over control of the global network, turning our own technology against us. For a little more on the project, hit the jump to read a full synopsis of Wilson’s novel.
[Update: THR reports that Robopocalypse will hit theaters on July 3rd, 2013.]
Back in March, the sci-fi action film Robopocalypse became one of the many films added to the list of potential directing projects for Steven Spielberg. In May, Spielberg selected the drama War Horse as his new film and filming is currently underway for a December 2011 release. But Spielberg hasn’t left Robopocalypse behind as Deadline reports that the film will be his follow-up to War Horse. Spielberg plans to shoot Robopocalypse in January 2012 and release it through Disney’s Touchstone Pictures in 2013.
Robopocalypse is based on an upcoming novel by Daniel H. Wilson, who previously penned How to Survive a Robot Uprising. Although Wilson was still in the middle of writing Robopocalypse back in March, Spielberg was impressed enough by the material that he was having storyboards done while pages from the novel were being translated into a screenplay by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield). Wilson’s novel is due to hit shelves in June 2011.
Hit the jump for a refresher on all of the projects that will continue to sit on the backburner while Spielberg plans robot doom.
Steven Spielberg may lead the robot uprising and make his next movie Robopocalypse. Deadline reports that after the fizzled attempts to remake Harvey or adapt the Matt Helm books, Spielberg may now have his sights set on Drew Goddard’s (Cloverfield) adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s comic how-to guide about the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising (which is redundant; I’m pretty sure all robot uprisings result in apocalypse).
Keep in mind, there are plenty of other projects Spielberg could choose. He could choose to finally pluck his Abraham Lincoln-Civil War movie out of development hell, move on the George Gershwin biopic starring Zachary Quinto (although Deadline says that’s unlikely), or he could adapt Flowers for Algernon with Will Smith, the adventure book series The 39 Clues, Michael Crichton’s Pirates Latitude, Michael Morpugo’s War Horse, or anything else he wants because he’s Steven Spielberg and his movies have made more money than most small countries.
As we all play the waiting game, hit the jump for the full description of Robopocalypse‘s source material, How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion.
Today, we’ve learned from StitchKingdom [via /Film] that Disney has recently purchased a collection of domain names that may hint at what project they have moving into development. The biggest one is for ant-man-themovie.com, which gives some indication that Marvel may be interested in making a movie based on the Marvel superhero, Ant-Man. As you may or may not remember, Disney purchased Marvel Studios last year and Ant-Man is one of the many characters at their disposal. Throw in Stan Lee’s comment on Twitter last month: “To make up for my previous grievous error, here’s a little item that may have escaped you. Marvel is prepping a movie starring– Ant Man!” and now you’re cooking with gas.
But before you start roasting up your casting speculation, etc, understand that a domain name purchase isn’t a greenlight or an indication that a movie is getting made. It’s a precaution so that if Disney/Marvel decides to go ahead with an Ant-Man movie, they don’t have to wrangle with a squatter (a person who buys up potentially-popular domain names and then ransoms them to big buyers).
Hit the jump to check out the other domain names Disney registered as well as writer-director Edgar Wright’s current status regarding Ant-Man.