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Spielberg Puts Robopocalypse On Hold
The script's not ready...

10 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Though it was set to begin shooting this year, Steven Spielberg has thrown the off switch on techno-fear adaptation Robopocalypse, putting the sci-fi project on indefinite hold.

Despite having Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth in negotiations for two of the lead roles, the director has decided that it all needs more work before he’ll consider shooting. According to spokesman Martin Levy, who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter, the film as it stands is "too important and the script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce. It's back to the drawing board to see what is possible."

That may mean that the script, adapted by Cabin In The Woods’ Drew Goddard from Daniel H Wilson’s book, will be heavily retooled.

Lest anyone think that this means Idris Elba will stride in to announce that they’re cancelling the robopocalypse, it would appear that this is just a delay to get the project into shape. However, the “indefinite hold” bit gives us pause, as it’s not the first time that the film has been shoved into limbo. Spielberg was supposed to make it before Lincoln, but the presidential pic leapfrogged it when the stars aligned for its production first.

So 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks will have to go on waiting for a project that was attracting plenty of buzz. There’s no word yet on what Spielberg will now decide to slot into his schedule, but we can't imagine he'll have trouble rustling something up.


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I can't wait for this. Love Spielberg's sci-fis. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 11:43 on 14 April 2013 | Report This Post

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L: Danny P ... Star Wars?!?!? e ruled himself out of that. More

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Re: Gutted...
Here here. We've had too many tentpole pictures in the last 10 years that have disappointed because they went into production with a $100+ budget but without a solid script. Applause to Mr. Spielberg for doing the right thing. As they say in theatre 'if it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage'. No amount of FX or directorial flare can save a poor script, but a great script can raise a elevate the work of everyone involved. At least, that's my opinion ... More

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... Star Wars?!?!? More

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Gutted...
The sound of this movie is extremely exciting and I'm gutted it's been delayed. But you have respect Spielberg for not pushing forward (as too many films do) before the script is ready. More

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