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Stephen Spielberg’s ROBOPOCALYPSE delayed “indefinitely”

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel Robopocalypse is 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. Spielberg himself has spoken up to clarify the delay saying the film might only be pushed back six to eight months.

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.”


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.

It is unknown if Hemsworth and Hathaway will be available when things get going again. Hemsworth is coming off of the success of The Avengers and Hathaway is likely to land an Academy Award next month, but if any name can keep a star interested, it’s Spielberg.

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