DreamWorks and Fox Join Forces for Steven Spielberg’s ROBOPOCALYPSE [Updated with July 3, 2013 Release Date]

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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.]

robopocalypse-book-cover-imageHere’s a synopsis for Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse [from Amazon]:

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. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.

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  • Markeetundra

    If its anything close to the brilliant Minority Report, I’m there.


  • kure

    you are late deadline.he is doing this next and it already has a release date july 4th 2013.

  • Tarek

    If John Williams will compose the score, I will give it a chance.

  • Goop

    As long as they change the title…

    • Mandy

      Yes, the title really lets it down… unusual for the brilliant Spielberg.

  • Kyle DeMattio

    I dont care whos working on this project. If they stick to the original story (which didnt happen for WWZ) and it gets a Heavy R Rating….


  • Victor

    As long as it’s nothing like A.I. I’m in. haha. Sorry but A.I. was hard to watch.

  • Victor

    By the way, didn’t they do this movie already. It’s called terminator, no no, it was called Bladerunner. No sorry it was I Robot. I can’t remember at this moment but I’m sure they have already done this movie. (All kidding aside I don’t mind sequels, prequels, copy-els. etc).

  • deniropacino

    wow.. Spielberg is doing a “Clint Eastwood”. films every year. sometimes 2. he really missed directing. or maybe Tintin just took too long to make that’s why we’ll get two movies from him this year.

    and this just confirms that Spielberg really is a fast “shooter”. i’ve read about the production pipeline for Munich and it was crazy. i hope this doesn’t hurt the quality. i want a masterpiece in Lincoln. You have DDL who might nail it(“might” because Nine was really a misstep for him).

    after all of this. is there a chance we might see the Jonah Nolan scripted Instellar?

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  • Tarek

    Even if there is no more magic in Spielberd movies, since Schindler’s list ( maybe he grow up ?), he is still a very talented director ( putting the awful Crystal Skull aside).
    We cannot say the same thing about Luca$. He’s made just one good movie in his whole career : Star Wars (episode IV).

    • mephisto1138

      Uhhhhh and American Graphitti and THX-1138.

      • Tarek

        THX1138 was a good assay, but not a masterpiece. It was made before Luca$ became nuts.
        American Graffiti was an interesting movie also, but it was made also before the star wars era. Before the dark times…before the Empire.

        I think that Luca$ has lost his talent ( and his mind) after ESB.

      • Tarek

        Here is the proof that there was a Lucas before and a Luca$ after star wars:


    • mephisto1138

      ::huge eyeroll::

  • mephisto1138

    This is The Humanoids by Jack Williamson that came out back in the 40′s which both Matrix and Terminator borrowed heavily from, but this book sounds like an almost direct rewrite of Williamson’s book.

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