Bad news everybody. It appears that Steven Spielberg’s proposed adaptation of the best-selling novel Robopocalypse may join the ranks of other lost Spielberg projects like “Cape Fear,” “Indiana Jones and the Lost Continent and that straight adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.
According to Collider.com, Spielberg has indefinitely postponed Robopocalypse because the project was “not ready” and “too expensive to produce”. Although Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy has claimed that the filmmaker is heading “back to the drawing board to see what is possible” it seems unlikely that Spielberg will stay on to direct.
Boasting a promising script by Drew Goddard (who also gave us the shockingly good comedy/thriller “Cabin in the Woods”) and a cast that included Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway, “Robopocalypse” is conceptually similar to “World War Z” and reveals what happens when everything from vacuum cleaners to cars gain sentience through a program called Archos and turn against humanity. Production was originally set to begin this spring.
Collider.com also reports that, “Spielberg will continue to develop the project as he looks for something else to direct in the meantime”. Unfortunately, it looks like that “something else” happens to be more inoffensive, Academy Award friendly, crowd pleasers that will be wiped from everybody’s memories the moment award season comes to an end.
“Gods and Kings,” the director’s planned Moses epic, is apparently on the frontburner at Warner Bros. and is looking more and more likely that it will be his follow-up to “Lincoln.” With Spielberg currently focusing on more middlebrow projects, you can expect to see another high-profile director take the reins of “Robopocalypse.” You can hope for Guillermo del Toro but you’re probably going to get Brett Ratner. As a pre-emptive measure, you might as well start complaining on the IMDb message boards right now.