There’s no question that mankind will eventually be destroyed by hordes of angry robots that have turned on their creators. That’s just common sense. All we can hope for is that our eventual mechanical doom will be as awesome as our imagination can paint it. In a perfect world, it would unfold with plenty of drama, suspense, and unforgettable set pieces. You know, like a Spielberg movie. Sadly, Mr. Spielberg probably won’t orchestrating the real-life killing of all humans by clattering armies wielding whirling blades and a vicious hatred of all things biological. We’ll have to settle for the next best thing: a movie version.
That’s just what Spielberg will be bringing us with his upcoming film Robopocalypse, and the director has revealed a few details about the movie in a new interview with TimeOut London. Spielberg says he was attracted back to the science fiction genre because he had such a good time imagining the near future in Minority Report, and that “it’s a future that is coming true faster than any of us thought it would.” Robopocalypse, as the name suggests, envisions a global war between mankind and killer machines. As Spielberg puts it:
It’s about the consequences of creating technologies which make our lives easier, and what happens when that technology becomes smarter than we are. It’s not the newest theme, it’s been done throughout science fiction, but it’s a theme that becomes more relevant every year.
Robopocalypse doesn’t hit theaters until July 3rd, 2013, but if you’re curious about what Spielberg’s robot apocalypse might look like, you can read the book it’s based on right now. It was adapted into a screenplay by Drew Goddard. That’s good news, because Goddard has been working on interesting genre properties for years, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Cloverfield, and Joss Whedon’s upcoming The Cabin in the Woods.
Minority Report predicted pre-crime and Kinect-style interfaces; I wonder what futuristic touches Robopocalypse will foretell. Aside from, you know, the actual robopocalypse.