Steven Spielberg Talks ROBOPOCALYPSE; Film Will Be Set 15-20 Years in the Future

     January 12, 2012


Steven Spielberg delivered a double-whammy to audiences last month with the release of The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse.  Neither film hit me like I had hoped, but I was in the minority.  The legendary director is now at work on his Abraham Lincoln movie, Lincoln, and then he’ll move on to an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson‘s novel Robopocalypse.  Spielberg spoke about the movie with his War Horse star Tom Hiddleston.  He tells Hiddleston that Robopocalypse takes place about 15-20 years in the future because “it’s a future that is coming true faster than any of us thought it would.”

Hit the jump for more.  Robopocalypse is slated to open July 3, 2013.

Steven Spielberg-Terra-Nova-imageSpeaking to Hiddleston for Time Out Film [via The Playlist], Spielberg implies that Robopocalypse will bring him back to the darker themes he explored in his 2000s sci-fi:

‘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.’

Spielberg is smart enough to find a new angle on the theme and still make it entertaining.  At the very least, audiences will be going into a big budget action film and perhaps when they come out they’ll be afraid of their cell phones.  The only strike against Spielberg’s recent sci-fi is how dark it goes and then pulls back to a happy ending in a contrived, dishonest fashion.  I’m not sure why he feels the need to leave the audience feeling uplifted when they watch his dramas (with the exception of Munich), but hopefully Spielberg will leave that behind for Robopocalypse if it’s inappropriate to the overall tone of the picture.


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  • jack

    the book was terrible….hopefully he ignores it as much as the makers of WWZ ignored that book

  • jimmer

    matt shut up. keep being a smart ass to people 100 times more talented than you…

  • Come On

    Why even make a big deal of what Spielberg’s doing next? It’s been almost fifteen years since his last great film. I’m not saying he doesn’t have another one left in the tank somewhere, but for the most part when you hear he’s doing a new film you can pretty much assume it’s going to be underwhelming.

    • nelson

      war horse is likely gonna be nominated for bet picture moron

      • Come On

        Since when does that make a movie great? A few years ago Crash *won* Best Picture! And have you actually *seen* War Horse?

    • jboy45

      I thought Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, and Munich were pretty damn good movies. They were anything but underwhelming my friend.

      • Come On

        I’m not saying they were bad. But they weren’t great. I think it’s safe to say we all would have expected more out of a still-in-his-prime Spielberg.

  • CanIHaveASlice?

    I like Spielberg. I like robots. I like sci-fi and dystopia themed stories. I’m down for this, so far. But honestly I’m more interested in Insterstellar. I’d rather him be working on that next.

  • Adel

    Tintin so good and I think i will like warhorse too , I trust him :)

  • RogerBacon

    How is this different from terminator?

  • RogerBacon

    How is this different from terminator?

  • IT OUT UP 2

    Spielberg STILL churning out predictive programming?

    Spielberg STILL ‘on board’? –and clueless? –in 2013?
    on the REAL nature and aims of technology? –EUGENICS?
    ——-and TOTALITARIAN Globaiism generally?