DreamWorks Studios and Doubleday have acquired the rights to Daniel H. Wilson's unpublished book, Robopocalypse. The film is being put on the fast track for development. This seems like it has all the making a a great action packed sci-fi film. The story explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.
Co-President of the studio, Mark Sourian said:
Daniel H. Wilson's cautionary tale of man versus machine grabbed us from the very beginning. Wilson's background in robotics and artificial intelligence grounds his story with a frightening level of realism and he has created an exhilarating story that we think audiences will really respond to.
Hopefully they will be able to create a film that's just as amazing as they make the book out to be. The author of the book himself says,
Writing this novel is an incredible thrill, after spending years studying and thinking about robotics. It's an honor to work with DreamWorks Studios to bring this vision to life, and I couldn't have hoped for a better editor than Jason Kaufman at Doubleday. My hope is that the story we tell will make the robots of the future proud of us humans.
It sound like he believes one day that Robots will be a normal part of society with feelings. A robot can't be proud without feelings. In the research that this guy has done... does he know something we don't? Probably. But real live robots with feelings? Wow.
Daniel H. Wilson's previous works include the 2005 book How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion, which was optioned by Paramount Pictures with Michael DeLuca attached to produce. His other books include Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived, How To Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Aliens, Ninjas, and Zombies, and The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: Muwahahaha! His next book, titled Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, is scheduled for release next year. Bro-Jitsu was optioned by Nickelodeon Movies and Wilson hired to pen the screenplay adaptation. He has a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, is a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics, and hosted a show on the History Channel called The Works.
I'm gonna have to check out some of these books because they sound freakin awesome! What are your thoughts on this new Robopocalypse film?