You may remember that Steven Spielberg was attached to direct an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse several years back, from a script written by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods). Concerns over the project’s massive budget led to it being put on hold back in 2013, and it was reported that a more economical version was in the works.
We even got to see concept art from Spielberg’s vision, revealed in 2015.
Today, Variety reports that Robopocalypse is back on, with Michael Bay as the new director. Bay is next directing an action movie titled 6 Underground, written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, and the site notes that the sci-fi epic will be made after that.
In the 2011 novel…
“Not far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike—yet massively powerful—artificial intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour—the moment the robots attack—the human race is almost annihilated, but as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back. This is the oral history of that conflict, told by an international cast of survivors who experienced this long and bloody confrontation with the machines.”
Spielberg is still involved with the project, presumably as producer.