Well, we’re safe from the robot menace for at least a little bit longer. Robopocalypse, the big-budget science fiction project from director Steven Spielberg, and his first foray into the genre since War of the Worlds in 2005, has been pushed back indefinitely. The epic film was scheduled to begin filming this spring for Fox and Disney, under the Dreamworks banner.
The film isn’t being cancelled, nor is the director dropping the film, it’s just being delayed for a while. Deadline reports that Spielberg, fresh off of Lincoln — a film that was in the works for 12 years — doesn’t want to dive right into another big, expensive movie like Robopocalypse. He would like to spend more time working on it instead of rushing anything.
Robopocalypse is based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson, who has a PhD in robotics. As you can infer from the title, the book tells the story of a battle between humans and robots. When an immensely intelligent robot becomes sentient, it immediately begins plotting the demise of humanity, which has become more and more reliant on technology. You can see the problem. The production was said to feature a number of large-scale robot battles, which is what you like to hear when it comes to a movie like this.
Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) adapted Wilson’s novel for the screen, and the movie also had a pair of bankable stars—Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)—set to play the leads.
The Deadline article goes on to speculate about what project Spielberg will tackle next. They suspect it could be the Moses story Gods and Kings, but there’s nothing definite at this point.