Steven Spielberg To Take On The Robopocalypse

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Director Steven Spielberg might be going the drama route with his upcoming War Horse, but it seems he’s heading in a sci-fi vein right after that. Deadline reports that Spielberg has signed up to do Robopocalypse, Drew Goddard’s adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson upcoming novel about a robot vs.human fight for survival. (No, this isn’t The Terminator.)

Robopocalypse embodies an imaginative story of a robot rebellion unleashed against the human race,” said Dreamworks’ co-president of production Mark Sourian. “This is a project we immediately sparked to and with Steven directing it we knew it was in the best possible hands to bring it to worldwide audiences.”

When Spielberg was first interested in the project last March Wilson hadn’t even finished the book. Still, the director was interested after he saw the initial storyboards and learned Wilson and Goddard were working simultaneously to finish the project. Goddard, who frequently collaborates with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, wrote Cloverfield and co-penned The Cabin In The Woods.

The book will come out in stores in June 2011, with shooting for the feature film to begin in 2012 and the movie slated 2013. It’s weird to think they’ve plotted out this whole book/movie’s trajectory without even having completed material, but hey it’s Hollywood.

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