Steven Spielberg's big sci-fi robot film project Robopocalypse is one step closer to getting made. DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox are currently in the process of closing a deal where they will co-finance the film. The project was officially announced in November of last year, before the book was even finished.
Robopocalypse was adapted by screenwriter Drew Goddard, from the novel written by Daniel H. Wilson. The story was described as "a cautionary tale of man versus machine" and the author of the book has a background in robotics and artificial intelligence, which helps ground this story "with a frightening level of realism and he has created an exhilarating story that we think audiences will really respond to." It follows a robot uprising and an epic scale war.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Spielberg has envisioned for this movie. This story has the potential to be an incredibly epic move, and if anyone can bring it to life the way it was meant to, it's Spielberg. What do you think?
Here's a full description from the book:
They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you.
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.