Steven Spielberg Wants Chris Hemsworth for ROBOPOCALYPSE

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Robopocalypse spent a few years in Steven Spielberg‘s development pipeline, but with an official April 25, 2014 release date, the movie is set to be Spielberg’s next directorial project after Lincoln.  One key component is still missing: a leading man.  According to Deadline, Spielberg wants Chris Hemsworth to fill those shoes.  There is no official offer on the table yet, but Hemsworth has proven himself as a credible and charismatic (not to mention marketable) action lead, so it’s no wonder Spielberg is smitten.

Daniel H. Wilson’s source novel takes place in a future where “artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication.”  The report does not mention which role Hemsworth is up for, but the book synopsis mentions an “isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire.”  That seems like a good fit—any readers care to offer better insight?  Read that book synopsis for Robopocalypse after the jump.

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They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you.

In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.

When the Robot War ignites — at a moment known later as Zero Hour — humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. [Amazon]

Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) adapted the screenplay.




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  • Darkoneforever

    Wow, Chris Hemsworth is having a huge year..last year he was in Thor…now..
    2012
    The Cabin In The Woods
    The Avengers
    Snow White and The Huntsman
    Red Dawn

    2013
    Thor: The Dark World
    Ron Howard’s Rush

    if this deal goes throw then he will have

    2014
    Robopocaylpse!

  • dogg

    I want to hate this guy, but dammit if he doesn’t keep delivering. Some lucky bastards are just born super stars, and I’ve got to grudgingly admit he’s one.

  • dogg

    I want to hate this guy, but dammit if he doesn\’t keep delivering. Some lucky bastards are just born super stars, and I\’ve got to grudgingly admit he\’s one.

  • JS

    Chris is both talented and gorgeous. Can’t wait to see it!!!

  • BG

    Hemsworth is good, bit I don’t see him fit as the lead. I imagine the lead is the Wallace character not the US soldier, who is a native American in the book. But the lead is the younger brother of the team leader who group together to fight the robot uprising. I see Hemsworth more as the older brother team leader. I think James McAvoy would be a better choice to lead with somebody slightly older and taller to play the his big brother.

  • BG

    Hemsworth is good, bit I don\’t see him fit as the lead. I imagine the lead is the Wallace character not the US soldier, who is a native American in the book. But the lead is the younger brother of the team leader who group together to fight the robot uprising. I see Hemsworth more as the older brother team leader. I think James McAvoy would be a better choice to lead with somebody slightly older and taller to play the his big brother.

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  • Stinky

    Read ‘Robopocalypse’ a few months ago.

    The style reminded me of ‘World War Z’. A collection of related stories from several POV’s depicting the events leading up to, during, and immediately after Skynet becomes aware- er, the main AI in Robopocalypse becomes aware.

    The story was laid out nice, but nothing really paid off. The big ideas crumbled under the weight of the rushed story.

    Felt like I was sitting shotgun in a sports car being rushed through the Vegas strip. You want the driver to slow the fuck down so you can see what’s going on. “Hey, that’s cool… oh we’re passing it? Alright.” “What about that? Oh, nothing.”

    If the author cared about the main characters as much as he did describing the technical aspects in the narrative, Robopocalypse would have been some special. Instead, it was passable and ultimately forgettable. The robots had more personality than the people.

    I have no doubt it will transfer well to the big screen. With Spielberg on board, I would take the ride.

  • RogerBacon

    So the plot is basically a complete ripoff of terminator…?

  • Thomas K.

    It\’s also crazy that BOTH Cabin In The Woods, and Red Dawn were filmed 2 years ago.

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