When your name is Steven Spielberg, you can afford to be choosey with your projects. Even better, you can afford to be patient. When a Spielberg film drops off the map for a while, it doesn't necessarily mean it's dead- like it might with other directors. It just means that he's taking a step back to get it right, as opposed to just racing forward with something that's half-baked. Such is the case with Robopocalypse, the sci-fi flick that Spielberg has long been linked to bringing to the big screen.
We almost got this thing years ago. He had slated production to begin once he was finished with War Horse. Well, as you might have noticed, War Horse came out in 2011 and we still don't have any Spielbergian robots storming our screens. The director, seemingly dissatisfied with the state of the script, and the studio- alarmed by what it would cost- both decided to cool their jets. But author Daniel H. Wilson, who wrote the book on which the film will be based, says that Robopocalypse is still very much on the horizon.
"It’s basically in the queue as far as I know," he told Den of Geek. "You know, Spielberg has other movies that he’s directing right now. But Robopocalypse has certainly been worked on. I’m sure that Dreamworks is still very excited about it. That’s what all indications are." The film is said to be something on the scale and scope of World War Z, which surprised Hollywood analysts when it over-performed in theaters last year despite a hellish production marred by delays and rewrites.
As you can likely tell from Wilson's wording, we shouldn't be expecting this one all that soon. It's on Spielberg's to-do list, but the director all ready has #1 and #2 ahead of it on that list. Those would be his as yet untitled Tom Hanks cold war thriller by the Coen Brothers, and his long-awaited return to family films with The BFG.
"It’s just about being patient, you know? I think one of the films on Spielberg’s slate isThe BFG, and that’s been floating around for about ten years!", Wilson said. "I don’t really know what a timeline is, but that’s certainly normal. So I’m just being patient and working on all my projects. It would be some wonderful bonus points if that ever comes together."
Have you read Robopocalypse? What'd you think? Think a film adaptation with Spielberg in the director's chair would be good? Discuss.
SOURCE: Den of Geek