Fox And Dreamworks Teaming Up For Robopocalypse
Steven Spielberg has had his eye on Robopocalypse for nearly a year now as a potential directorial project. A deal is being worked out between Dreamworks and Fox to get the movie into production. The book, written by Daniel H. Wilson, was released in June.
Call me a cynic, but the whole idea of Hollywood going after a novel property months before release smells of back room dealings. Except that it’s Spielberg, and I’m certain he’s excited about such a project and is someone who would have read Robopocalype before it was published. Heck, Spielberg probably read the book before Wilson even began writing…. he’s that awesome. We know that scribe Drew Goddard was working on a script as early as Spring of 2010, long before the novel was actually finished.
Initial plans for Spielberg to direct Robopocalypse were put aside for War Horse. Which, incidentally, looks like it’s going to be full of heartfelt moments, Oscar friendly emotional tugging, and schlocky feel good moviemaking. Deadline is reporting that Dreamworks and Fox are close to inking a deal to co-produce the Drew Goddard scripted adaptation. Unnamed sources told Deadline that Disney/Dreamworks will release the film in the US, while Fox will handle overseas distribution.
Robopocalypse is currently scheduled to release July 4th weekend 2013.