Steven Spielberg Spills A Few Details About Robopocalypse

By Sean O'Connell 2012-01-13 08:28:49discussion comments
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How does Steven Spielberg keep all of his projects straight? While riding the Oscar campaign trail on behalf of The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, the legendary director is doing phone interviews from the set of Lincoln and divulging story details on Robopocalypse, which won’t be in theaters until 2013. I’m exhausted just thinking about it all, which is one of the many things that separates a workaholic genius like Spielberg from a mild-mannered movie journalist like myself.

The Robopocalypse trivia arrives in the form of a Time Out London interview, where Spielberg was opening up about Tintin and War Horse. In case you didn’t know, Spielberg plans on moving from Lincoln (with Daniel Day Lewis in the lead role) to an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s futuristic novel about our mechanical devices coming to life and turning on their human “owners.” Drew Goddard (Cabin In the Woods) is handling screenwriting duties for what’s sure to be Spielberg’s next blockbuster.

Of his Robopocalypse vision, Spielberg tells Time Out, “It’s a movie about a global war between man and machine. I had a great time creating the future on Minority Report, and it’s a future that is coming true faster than any of us thought it would.”

The director adds that the events of Robopocalypse will take place in the next 15 or 20 years, so it’ll be “another future we can relate to” and not a far-off distant realm of A.I. or Report.

Personally, I love watching Spielberg shift effortlessly between Oscar bait pictures like War Horse and popcorn thrillers like Tintin. After Lincoln, he’s going to want to flex his special-effects muscles, and Wilson’s story seems like perfect fodder for Spielberg’s playground side. As of now, Robopocalypse is the July 4 holiday movie for Summer 2013, and it sounds like Spielberg’s already thinking about what he has up his sleeve. Get excited, people.
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