Steven Spielberg is getting set to re-release his 1981 film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, back into theaters. The film will get an upgrade to 70mm IMAX to get the most out of every action-packed sequence. In the meantime, Spielberg has teased the idea of shooting his new science fiction film, Robopocalypse, in the gigantic IMAX format.
In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Spielberg talks about the future and the world of Robopocalypse. The legendary director hopes to start production on Robopocalypse soon, and he’s getting ready to conduct camera tests for the movie in various formats, including 70mm IMAX. Spielberg says:
I’m going to do an IMAX camera test, [both] a 2 and 3D test for my next movie ‘Robopocalypse,’ and I haven’t decided whether I’m going to use the IMAX cameras, and I haven’t decided whether it’s going to be 2D or 3D yet, but I am in September going to start doing some tests.
Spielberg has been keeping an eye on actor Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, Snow White and The Huntsman) to possibly play the lead in Robopocalypse, but the role hasn’t been offered to or confirmed by the Thor star yet.
Robopocalypse will be based on the best-selling novel by author Daniel H. Wilson, where humans and robots battle each other for dominance after a robotic uprising. This would be Spielberg’s first return to the sci-fi genre since his 2005 blockbuster War of the Worlds, starring Tom Cruise. (Although there were also strong science fiction elements in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which Spielberg directed.)
Spielberg says Robopocalypse will focus on a “global war between man and machine… It’s about the consequences of creating technologies which make our lives easier, and what happens when that technology becomes smarter than we are.”
Raiders of the Lost Ark IMAX will hit 275 IMAX theaters in North America on September 13th, while Robopocalypse will open wide on July 3rd 2013.