Based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson, the plot explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.


Steven Spielberg Has Found A Better Way To Tell 'Robopocalypse' Story

On the heels of the recently announced delay of Robopocalypse, director Steven Spielberg has revealed that he’s found a better way to tell the story. Hopefully it doesn’t involve apple pie and a idiotic family reunion.

The iconic director, who has lately been focusing on the lighter fare, tells EW, “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.

Daniel H. Wilson wrote the novel that Drew Goddard had adapted for the big screen. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of major changes caused the delay when the film eventually make a 2015 release (an, that’s so freakin’ far away). In any sense, it’s impossible to question the arguably best director of our time.

The film was all set to begin production this spring with Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway set to star.

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[News Bites] 'Mercy' Casting; Spielberg Stalls 'Robopocalypse’; 'Y the Last Man' Director!

Shirley Knight (Cowboys and Aliens) and Chris Browning, pictured above, have rounded out the cast of the Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions horror movie Mercy, reports Variety. Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney currently star, with Haunting in Connecticut‘s Peter Cornwell set to direct. Pic is based on a Stephen King story from his “Skeleton Crew,” with a script penned by Matt Greenberg. It follows two young boys who go with their single mother (O’Connor) to take care of their elderly, senile grandmother named Mercy, only to discover that she’s a witch who made a pact with a dark force many years before.

According to Deadline, Steven Spielberg is going to push back Robopocalypse, the giant science fiction pic that he was scheduled to direct this spring for Fox and Disney through DreamWorks. Spielberg isn’t dropping out of the movie, he just didn’t want to rush an expensive film, and wanted more time to work on it. Based on Daniel H. Wilson novel and with a script by Cloverfield‘s Drew Goddard, Robopocalypse was to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway and concerns a battle for survival after mankind generates its first mass intelligence computer brain only to see it escape. It was set for an April 2014 release.

Lastly, New Line Cinema is moving forward with the cult classic Y The Last Man, setting Dan Trachtenberg to direct the film, says the same site. “Y The Last Man” is the dystopian science fiction comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra published by Vertigo beginning in 2002. It focuses on only man to survive the apparent simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth. The 60-issue series was repackaged in book firm and the series won five Eisner Awards. READ MORE

[Casting Bites] Anne Hathaway For 'Robopocalypse,' Eric Bana For 'Beware the Night'

Anne Hathaway (pictured) will join both Ben Whishaw and Chris Hemsworth in Robopocalypse, the Steven Spielberg adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novella, reports Empire. “If Robopocalypse happens I will be in it,” she tells Empire, “and I believe it’s quite real, though you never want to hang your hat on anything.” Penned by Cloverfield‘s Drew Goddard, the plot explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.

TheWrap reports that Eric Bana (Hulk, Star Trek) is in talks to star in Beware the Night, a paranormal police thriller to be directed by Sinister and Exorcism of Emily Rose‘s Scott Derrickson. The story follows a New York police officer investigating real life demon possessions, exorcisms and werewolves. Derrickson also directed The Day the Earth Stood Still. READ MORE


'Robopocalypse' Author Gets 'Amped' With Director Alex Proyas

Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson is finalizing a deal to develop his best-selling thriller Amped as a movie at Working Title Films, says THR.

The project originally had been set up in 2010 at Summit Entertainment, which optioned the novel in advance of its sale to Doubleday. But the company let the rights lapse as it merged with Lionsgate this year.

Set in the near future, Amped imagines a world where nanotech-enhanced people and ordinary humans are at war with one another.

Alex Proyas (I, Robot, Knowing, The Crow) is attached to direct.

Wilson’s Robopocalypse is being adapted by Steven Spielberg for a planned release in summer 2014. Drew Goddard penned the script for the DreamWorks-20th Century Fox co-production.


Chris Hemsworth, More For Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse'

Brit thesp Ben Whishaw (below), who stars in WB’s insane spectacle Cloud Atlas and plays Q in Sony’s upcoming James Bond pic Skyfall, is being eyed for a key role in Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, which is a co-production between DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox, reports Variety.

Whishaw has not received an official offer yet, but he has been at the top of DreamWorks’ list since the casting process began to play a hacker named Lurker. Based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson, the plot explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.

Chris Hemsworth (Cabin in the Woods, Thor, Avengers) is in negotiations to star, while Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Rises) has been approached for the female lead.

Whishaw’s bigscreen credits include lead roles in Tom Tykwer’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Jane Campion’s Bright Star. READ MORE


Ex-Fox Chairman Tom Rothman Battles 'Robopocalypse'; Anne Hathaway?

Just days after announcing his departure from 20th Century Fox at the end of the year, chairman Tom Rothman is in talks to produce the studio’s most high-profile tentpole, Robopocalypse, says Variety. They are seeking to add the beautiful Anne Hathaway to the cast.

Steven Spielberg is directing the film for DreamWorks Studios, while Fox will distribute. Rothman has shepherded the project closely from the beginning, even making personal calls to reporters when Fox announced the project a year ago.

Fox has the pic slated for release on April 25, 2014.

Robopocalypse, a sci-fi epic adapted from Daniel H. Wilson’s novel by scribe Drew Goddard, centers on the fate of the human race after a robot uprising. DreamWorks acquired the rights to Wilson’s unpublished manuscript in November 2009. Title was released by Doubleday in June of last year. READ MORE


Chris Hemsworth Takes The Lead In Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse'

Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming film Robopocalypse, scripted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin In The Woods), hits theaters April 25, 2014, almost a year later than originally planned. Based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson, the plot explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising. And now they’re casting up! According to reports, Chris Hemsworth (pictured above; Thor, The Cabin In The Woods, Snow White And The Huntsman) has been chosen as the film’s lead.

Per Deadline, “Spielberg met and now wants Hemsworth in his next helming effort Robopocalypse, the big technothriller which is sure to become the director’s next big global popcorn film.

Robopocalypse – which comes from Disney, Fox and DreamWorks – hits theaters on April 25th, 2014.

[Release Date Shifts] 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Robopocalypse' & 'ID4: 3D'

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We’ve got a few release date announcements that starts with Twentieth Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel that will infect theaters come May 23, 2014. Director Rupert Wyatt returns as does star Andy Serkis as the ape “Caesar”. Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa, Scott Burns penned the screenplay that “Continues the story set forth in last year’s critical and commercial hit movie featuring simians that are given human intelligence and subsequently break out of their facility. At the same time, a virus breaks out that causes the collapse of human society. The new project is taking the story to the next level, with the apes on the path to emerge as society’s new rulers.

Not horror, and the only time we’ll report this, Fox will be reaching into moron’s wallets and plucking $15 to watch a post-converted 3-D version of Roland Emmerich’s 1996 sumer epic Independence Day, which starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. It opens July 3, 2013. We hope this single mention will help save you a handful of cash. “The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man’s best weapon is the will to survive.

Laslty, Buena Vista revealed that Stephen Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, penned by Drew Goddard, will not blast into theaters April 25, 2014, almost a year later than originally planned. Based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson, the plot explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.


Drew Goddard Talks 'Cloverfield 2' And 'Robopocalypse'!

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With the release of The Cabin In The Woods looming next month, I met up with Drew Goddard (the film’s director and co-writer) in Hollywood this afternoon for a lengthy chat.

While 95% of our conversation naturally centered around Cabin, we briefly touched on the status Cloverfield 2 and his screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse. For those who need a refresher on the latter, it’s based on the book by Daniel H. Wilson which explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.

Also be sure to check out the rest of my interview with Goddard when it hits – I’ll be breaking it into two pieces. One will publish before the release of The Cabin In The Woods in the coming days/weeks. Then I’ve got a more spoiler heavy segment scheduled to hit after you’ve had a chance to see the film. He’s a smart, talented and enthusiastic guy and I think you’ll enjoy the read.

Hit the jump for the updates, which include Goddard’s thoughts on Cloverfield 2 possibly not being found-footage. READ MORE