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Steven Spielberg Puts The Brakes On ‘Robopocalypse’

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 4:04pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Steven Spielberg is going to push back Robopocalypse, the giant science fiction pic that he was scheduled to direct this spring for Fox and Disney through DreamWorks. Spielberg, who must be wiped out after shooting and promoting Lincoln, isn’t dropping out of the movie, I’m told. Rather, he just didn’t want to rush an expensive film, and wanted more time to work on it. Based on the Daniel H. Wilson novel and with a script by Drew Goddard, Robopocalypse was to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway and concerns a battle for survival after mankind generates its first mass intelligence computer brain only to see it escape. There are huge robot battle scenes, and the film would have been coming on the heels of Guillermo del Toro’s eagerly anticipated Pacific Rim, which bows this summer. Perhaps a bit of space isn’t the worst thing in the world for this film. It can’t be a happy development for Tom Rothman, who stepped out of the Fox executive suites to become a producer on the film.

Now, there will be instant speculation on whether Spielberg will take on a project like the widely rumored Moses epic Gods And Kings, which Stuart Hazeldine and Michael Green scripted at Warner Bros, and which finds itself in competition with the Ridley Scott-attached Fox project Exodus, which Adam Cooper and Bill Collage scripted. … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg Wants Chris Hemsworth To Star In ‘Robopocalypse’

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 8:04pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: This is one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. And now, after critic- and fan-lauded star turns in ThorThe Avengers, and Snow White And The Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth will be working with Steven Spielberg. I’ve learned that, amid much secrecy (including assumed names), Spielberg met and now wants Hemsworth in his next helming effort Robopocalypse, the big technothriller which is sure to become the director’s next big global popcorn film. The Disney-Fox-DreamWorks’ actioner is releasing worldwide on April 25, 2014. (That’s the same weekend that Marvel’s The Avengers was released internationally this year. Disney distributes Robopocalypse domestically, Fox overseas.)

Related: Steven Spielberg Commits To Next Direct ‘Robopocalypse’

The script based on the Daniel H. Wilson epic novel about the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising was most recently adapted by hot screenwriter Kario Salem, who has been rewriting  Drew Goddard. Robopocalypse puts Spielberg back into the large-scale terrain that is important in his relationship with Reliance. Now Hemsworth would be Spielberg’s first casting on the film. (There’s no official offer on the table yet). It puts the hot Aussie hunk near the top of the list of Hollywood’s bankable action stars. Now that Thor opened strongly around the world, and Thor 2 is in the works, and Snow White And The Huntsman has earned $372.8M worldwide so far, its star and … Read More »

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Fox Sets 2014 Release Slate: 3D ‘ID4′, ‘X-Men’, ‘Apes’ Sequels, ‘Robopocalypse’

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 12:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles (May 31, 2012) __ Twentieth Century Fox announced today some major additions to its 2013-14 release slate, along with some date changes.

On the heels of the $344 million worldwide success of TITANIC 3D, the studio and director Roland Emmerich, in conjunction with Stereo 3D, which did the work on TITANIC, will produce a top quality 3D version of the iconic INDEPENDENCE DAY. ID43D will be released worldwide on July 3, 2013.

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DreamWorks, Fox To Co-Finance Steven Spielberg’s ‘Robopocalypse’

By | Wednesday September 7, 2011 @ 10:29am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg’s next film is so big, it needs two studios. DreamWorks and Fox are near a deal to co-finance Robopocalypse, a Drew Goddard-scripted adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson epic novel about the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising. I’m told that Disney will release domestically and Fox will distribute the film overseas. It will open in the U.S. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Deadline broke the story that Spielberg was eyeing the novel as a directing vehicle, before he instead chose War Horse as the first film he directed for DreamWorks since Spielberg and Stacey Snider left Paramount and made a deal with Reliance and a distribution deal at Disney. We also revealed last October that he had committed to direct it. Doubleday published the book in June.

Fox and DreamWorks previously tried to get together back in 2009 on Harvey, where Spielberg was going to direct an adaptation of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a man who befriends a six-and-a-half-foot-tall invisible rabbit. Spielberg finally withdrew from that film partly because it was so difficult to find the right actor to play Elwood P. Dowd, the character originated by James Stewart in the 1950 film. Now, the studios have a Spielberg project they can team on.

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Summit ‘AMPS’ Book Deal For Alex Proyas

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: With Alex Proyas poised to produce and potentially direct, Summit Entertainment has just closed a deal for screen rights to AMP, a near-future science fiction thriller novel by Daniel H. Wilson. The novel is set in a world where the technology designed to make the disabled whole, turns them into supermen. Deal was low six against seven figures.

It’s the second major happening for Wilson this fall, after Steven Spielberg committed to direct his novel Robopocalypse, about an apocalyptic robot uprising, for DreamWorks. Spielberg will start shooting the Drew Goddard-scripted film in January, 2012 and Disney’s Touchstone will distribute in 2013.

Wilson’s book has been at the center of an auction that has played out over the past several weeks. I’m told that aside from Summit, Working Title and Paramount also chased a novel that has a mix of scifi action and political allegory reminiscent of District 9. Wilson took the Summit deal because he was impressed by Proyas, who’ll shoot the picture at a modest budget in Australia under his Mystery Clock Cinema banner. Wilson is writing the book, and the plan is to hire a screenwriter who’ll take his novel pages and draft them into script form, the way Goddard did while Wilson was scribbling away on Robopocalypse.

AMP was acquired by Doubleday, which will publish Robopocalypse in June, 2011. Stephen Schneider (Area 51) will be an executive producer along … Read More »

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Steven Spielberg Commits To Next Direct ‘Robopocalypse’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg has committed to next direct Robopocalypse, a Drew Goddard-scripted adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson epic novel about the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising. Deadline broke the story that Spielberg was eyeing the novel as a directing vehicle last March, before he instead chose War Horse as the first film he directed for DreamWorks since Spielberg and Stacey Snider left Paramount and made a deal with Reliance and a distribution deal at Disney. At that time, the novel wasn’t finished, but Spielberg was so excited about it that it was already being storyboarded and designed as Wilson was turning in pages of the book and Goddard was translating them into the screenplay. Spielberg will start shooting in January, 2012 and Disney’s Touchstone will distribute in 2013. It puts Spielberg back into the large scale terrain that is important in his relationship with Reliance, because it is the kind of movie that can succeed on a global tent pole scale. Spielberg has two pictures he directed that are in post-production, Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be distributed in the U.S. on December 28, 2011 with War Horse following 5 days later. This might seem like a lot of action for one director, but remember, this is Steven Spielberg, and he has multi-tasked successfully before. Like when he shot Jurassic ParkRead More »

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