A bit of surprising news hit last night when it was announced that Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel Robopocalypse was being delayed “indefinitely.” Spielberg’s spokesperson said that the film cost too much to rush things, and the filmmaker had decided to push the project back. No timetable was given for the delay, but reports made it sound like Spielberg would be directing something entirely different as his Lincoln follow-up. Well today it turns out that may not be the case, as Spielberg himself has spoken up to clarify the delay saying the film might only be pushed back six to eight months. Hit the jump for more.
First up, as a refresher, Robopocalypse 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 film was all set to begin production this spring with a script by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) and with Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway set in the leading roles. Speaking with EW, Spielberg revealed that the delay was a result of him finding a better way to tell the story:
“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.”
I haven’t read Robopocalypse so I’m not sure what this more personal iteration of the story might entail, but it’s nice to hear that Spielberg isn’t dropping the project altogether. He told EW that he was “working on it as we speak,” but wasn’t sure of the timeline for when production might begin. He “estimated a delay of about six to eight months,” so hopefully we’ll hear more news in the next couple of months as development continues.
It remains to be seen whether Hemsworth and Hathaway will be available when things get going again, but seeing as how Hemsworth is coming off of the mega success of The Avengers and Hathaway is likely to land an Academy Award next month, they’ll probably have committed to other projects by then.