Daniel H. Wilson Offers Update on ROBOPOCALYPSE

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Nearly two years ago, Steven Spielberg was putting together the pieces for his next film, Robopocalypse.  The adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel of the same name was to return the director to a large-scale tentpole-type picture, telling the story of a future where an artificial intelligence comes online and threatens a, well, robot apocalypse.  Chris Hemsworth was set as the lead, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were poised to co-star, Drew Goddard was writing the screenplay, and filming was set to begin in Spring 2013 until suddenly it all came to a halt.  Spielberg decided to postpone the film indefinitely after coming up with “a better way to tell the story” that would necessitate heavy reworking of the screenplay.

The filmmaker went on to flirt with American Sniper before committing to shooting two new films back-to-back (he’s filming the first one right now), so whatever happened to Robopocalypse?  Wilson recently offered a bit of an update on the project, saying it remains “in the queue”.  More after the jump.

Steven Spielberg Reteaming with Tony Kushner for THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA; May Return to ROBOPOCALYPSE for Next Project

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Though we still have no definitive word on what Steven Spielberg’s next project will be, the filmmaker is adding another incredibly promising project to his potential slate.  Variety reports that Spielberg plans to direct and produce the religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara for The Weinstein Company and DreamWorks, and he has enlisted his Lincoln and Munich scribe—not to mention Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright—Tony Kushner to pen the script.  Based on the non-fiction book by David Kertzer, the story concerns an Italian Jew who, in 1858, was forcibly removed from his parents at the age of six by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic.  He later became a priest in the Augustinian order, but the ordeal set off an international controversy.

Though the religious pic certainly sounds like fascinating material for Spielberg and Kushner, Edgardo Mortara will not be Spielberg’s next project.  He has now narrowed his Lincoln follow-up down to two choices, one of which is a sci-fi epic and the other a battle of leaders set against the backdrop of the Spanish conquistadors’ interaction with the Aztec peoples.  Hit the jump for much more on where we stand with regards to Spielberg’s next film.

Steven Spielberg Clarifies ROBOPOCALYPSE Delay; Says He’s Found “A Better Way to Tell the Story”

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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.

Steven Spielberg Postpones ROBOPOCALYPSE Indefinitely

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Lincoln director Steven Spielberg is poised to have a big day tomorrow when the 85th Academy Awards are announced, but it appears that the filmmaker has decided to put the brakes on his next project.  Spielberg has decided to indefinitely postpone his big budget sci-fi adaptation of Robopocalypse, which was to have starred Chris Hemsworth in the lead role.  Production was set to get underway this spring, but apparently Spielberg decided the project wasn’t ready and is now going “back to the drawing board to see what is possible.”  The filmmaker isn’t dropping out of the pic entirely, he just didn’t want to rush such an expensive film.  Hit the jump for more details.

Chris Hemsworth Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD and ROBOPOCALYPSE; Says THOR 2 Has a “Totally Different Feel” Than the First Film

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Production is currently underway in London on Marvel’s sequel Thor: The Dark World, and we’ve been keeping tabs on the pic with plenty of set photos and videos.  We still don’t know much plot-wise about the follow-up, but Game of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor is behind the director’s chair this time around and Christopher Eccleston is onboard as the principal villain Malekith the Accursed.

Hemsworth recently took a break from shooting to talk a bit about how The Dark World differs from the first film and how Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster factors into the plot.  Moreover, he also offered his thoughts on Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi pic Robopocalypse, which he films next year.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Anne Hathaway Confirms Her Involvement in Steven Spielberg’s ROBOPOCALYPSE

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As director Steven Spielberg’s long-in-development Abraham Lincoln film Lincoln is finally poised to hit theaters/enter the Oscar race, the filmmaker has his sights set on something completely different for his next directorial effort.  Spielberg is deep in prep on an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s sci-fi novel Robopocalypse with Chris Hemsworth set as the lead, and we now have confirmation of the film’s female lead.  For those unfamiliar, the story 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.”

We previously heard that Anne Hathaway was Spielberg’s choice for the film’s female lead, and now the actress has confirmed her involvement.  Hit the jump for more.

Gemma Arterton and Hugh Bonneville Set for THE PRE-NUP; Arterton in Consideration for Steven Spielberg’s ROBOPOCALYPSE

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Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) are poised to pair up for a new romantic comedy.  The Wrap reports that the two will star in The Pre-Nup for writer/director Jonathan Lynn (Clue, The Whole Nine Yards).  The story revolves around an American groom who, the night before his wedding, suggests to his British bride that they get a pre-nup.  The groom’s father is a former rock star who threatens to cut him off if he doesn’t get his fiancée to sign the document.  The report doesn’t specify which roles these two actors will play, but given the age difference I’m inclined to believe that Arterton will play the bride while Bonneville might portray the rocker father.

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Steven Spielberg Eyes Ben Whishaw for ROBOPOCALYPSE

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Steven Spielberg is ramping up casting on his next directorial feature, the sci-fi actioner Robopocalypse.  Just yesterday we learned that Anne Hathaway is Spielberg’s choice to star as the female lead opposite Chris Hemswoth, and now Variety reports that Ben Whishaw (I’m Not There.) is being eyed for a key role in the film.  Based on the book by Daniel H. Wilson, the story 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.”  Cabin in the Woods director/co-writer Drew Goddard wrote the screenplay adaptation, and former 20th Century Fox head Tom Rothman just came onboard as a producer.

Whishaw would apparently play a hacker named Lurker, should he sign on.  The actor stars in the upcoming adaptation of Cloud Atlas and plays the new Q in director Sam Mendes’s Bond film Skyfall, so we’ll be seeing much more of Whishaw in the near future.  Read the synopsis for Robopocalypse after the jump.

Anne Hathaway Circles Steven Spielberg’s ROBOPOCALYPSE Opposite Chris Hemsworth; Fox’s Tom Rothman Set to Produce

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When last we discussed Robopocalypseit was to share director Steven Spielberg’s wish for Chris Hemsworth to play the lead.  Now, it appears that Spielberg would also like Anne Hathaway to join the picture opposite Hemsworth.  While the pairing surely has huge box office potential, Spielberg will still need a producer.  Cue Tom Rothman,  the outgoing head of Fox, who will join the picture in a producorial capacity.

Robopocalypse is based off of Daniel H. Wilson’s source novel, which 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 will roll into production in early 2013 and will be released on April 25, 2014 day and date worldwide. Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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.

Fox Sets Release Dates for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Sequel and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES; Pushes ROBOPOCALYPSE to 2014

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20th Century Fox has made a doozy of a release date announcement today, with the first dates for two highly anticipated sequels and a big shift for Steven Spielberg’s next film.  Briefly:

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As I’ve said again and again,  Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year.  While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale.  It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward.  But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods.  Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.  For more on the film, here’s Matt’s glowing review and interviews with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford as well as Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams & Kristen Connolly.

Right before this year’s SXSW, I sat down with co-writer and director Drew Goddard for an extended video interview. Since we both didn’t want to spoil any of the twists and turns of the movie, our conversation is spoiler free.  During the wide ranging conversation we talked about making The Cabin in the Woods, the status of the Cloverfield sequel, Alias, Buffy, Angel, Lost, (he was a writer on all four series) Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse (which he’s writing), his reaction to seeing The Avengers, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Steven Spielberg Talks LINCOLN, the TINTIN Sequels, and ROBOPOCALYPSE; Says He Isn’t Directing JURASSIC PARK 4

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“You want me to speak French to you? That wouldn’t be a good career choice for me. I got a lot of fans here. I don’t want to lose them with one bad accent!” Steven Spielberg joked when the French media asked him to say a few words in their language at a press conference in Paris this week, where he was promoting War Horse.  All kidding aside however, the legendary director does not like to talk about uncompleted projects.  Yet he did offer some insight into four of his upcoming movies.

While he spent much of the 45 minutes answering questions about his new film, he also discussed Lincoln, Robopocalypse, the Adventures of Tintin sequels and Jurassic Park 4.  Hit the jump for more.

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

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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.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy Talks WAR HORSE, JURASSIC PARK 4, the TINTIN Sequel, LINCOLN, ROBOPOCALYPSE, and a Lot More

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Opening on Christmas Day is director Steven Spielberg‘s fantastic new movie, War Horse.  Based on the Award winning play (which is based on Michael Morpurgo’s book) and set during World War I, War Horse tells the story of “the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert (Jeremy Irvine), who tames and trains him.”  And don’t just take my word for it, early screenings have been very positive and the drama is heading into Oscar season with very positive buzz, especially after the National Board of review named War Horse one of the best 10 films of the year.  The film also stars Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Kebbell.  You can watch the trailer here and here’s seven clips.

To help promote the film, DreamWorks recently held a press junket in New York City and I was able to land an exclusive interview with producer Kathleen Kennedy.  As the longtime producing partner of Spielberg (she produced A.I., Munich, E.T., and Jurassic Park just to name a few), she talked about the way they make movies, how they pick projects, who gets to see the movies first, and the making of War Horse.  In addition, Kennedy gave me updates on Jurassic Park 4, a 3D re-release of the original Jurassic Park, the status of the Tintin sequel, Lincoln, Robopocalypse, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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