If you were worried by yesterday’s announcement that Steven Spielberg was planning to halt work on techno-fear adaptation Robopocalypse, take heart. The director has assured Entertainment Weekly that it’s still very much in play.
The whole “indefinite hold” thing was a cause for a concern, but now the director has said he estimates the delay to be around six to eight months - which is a little more definite and therefore heartening.
Also good to hear was even more of a reason to hold off: he thinks he’s locked in a way to make it better. “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,” Spielberg tells the magazine’s Anthony Breznican. “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.”
Whether that means Robopocalypse scriptwriter Drew Goddard will once again pressed into duty or if someone else will be called in to re-write him remains to be seen. But while it does mean that the film won’t be arriving in 2014 as planned, there are still plenty of reasons to believe it will at least arrive, and we will all be able to welcome our robot overlords.