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When a filmmaker puts the brakes on a project and postpones it "indefinitely," that's typically the death knell, even if nobody will admit it. So when Steven Spielberg said just yesterday that he was stepping away from Robopocalypse, which he had been planning to release next year with Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway in the leads, it seemed safe to call that the end. After all, Spielberg has 12 brand-new nominations for Lincoln on his shelf-- the man's gonna do exactly what the man wants to do.
But Spielberg is swearing, in public, that he really isn't abandoning Robopocalypse, and he's actually working on a new version of the script right now. Talking to Entertainment Weekly he clarified "I'm working on it as we speak"-- which is probably not literally true, since it's rude to write will having a conversation-- and also explained in further detail:
“I found the personal way into Robopocalypse, and so I just told everybody to go find other jobs, I’m starting on a new script and we’ll have this movie back on its feet soon.”
It's unclear what "soon" means, but that original April 2014 release date will definitely be scratched (it was already looking pretty unlikely as it was). But I'm very intrigued to see what more personal element Spielberg is bringing to the story, not only because his great gift is in telling giant stories in deeply personal ways, but because his personal approach to Lincoln is part of what made that film so fantastic. Let's be honest: we'll watch whatever Spielberg wants to do. And we can be happy that, despite what you might have heard, that still includes Robopocalypse.