Spielberg to Usher in the Robopocalypse?

Spielberg to Usher in the Robopocalypse?Steven Spielberg has been actively involved in the sci-fi genre for years so it’s no surprise to learn that he may be considering stepping behind the cameras for another invasion flick. This time, though, it’s not aliens that are hell bent on obliterating mankind, but killer robots.

Deadline NY raises the question whether Spielberg will direct the unfortunately titled Robopocalypse for Dreamworks or simply produce the project.

The latest title gaining steam among speculators is Robopocalypse, now that Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard has been hired to adapt the Daniel H. Wilson epic about the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising [“How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion”]. Wilson hasn’t finished the book yet, but word is Goddard has gotten under way and that it’s a serious candidate.

Spielberg isn’t quite what he used to be, but I think this could be a great project for him to prove he’s got another great film in him. As long as they change that damn title.


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  • RingoJ

    It’s too bad that Spielberg is a possum.

  • nonserviam03

    Yeah… they need a better title. It sounds like a Troma movie with a name like that.

  • Vermithrax

    Well, for the last few years I have come to detest Speielberg. Munich, Indiana Jones, ect were all terrible IMO, however I loved his War of the Worlds remake so this could totally work.

  • Floydian Trip

    Spielberg wouldn’t direct this movie without changing the title. I can see Roger Corman doing it though.

  • The Butcher

    Um, is everybody forgetting a little remembered film called…


    THE FUCKING TERMINATOR??????????????????????????????????

    • FireRam

      Very first thing that came to mind when I read the synopsis.

  • The Buz

    Spielberg is indeed still fantastic. Even the movies that he’s made recently that weren’t great were still a cut above most of the mainstream shit out there.

    And keep the title. Spielberg and Robopocalyspe!? It’s like someone sat in a meeting and said “How do we get The Buz to see this movie? Attach Speilberg, and call it Robopocalypse!”

  • Terminal

    Spielberg is every bit as good as he used to be. I’ll see this.

    • The Butcher

      Every bit as good as he used to be?

      I can’t agree with you on that man.

      • Terminal

        Tragic. But his skills are still honed to near perfection. In spite of the script problems he still maintained the whimsy and old time serial feel in the last Indiana Jones, and with Munich it was a slow boiled excellent thriller with an incredible final scene. War of the Worlds was directed with razzle and dazzle, and Minority Report was an excellent view in to an Orwellian future. He’s displayed more varied tone and sophistication than the likes of people like Tim Burton, and James Cameron, that’s for sure.

        Every bit as good as he used to be. And maybe even more, because his sensibilities have changed over the years. His early films were optimistic and awe inspiring while his later period were cynical and dark. And he’s managed to perfectly keep up with the times while also maintaining his method of filmmaking and craft.

        • Floydian Trip

          You pretty much nailed it except for not mentioning The Terminal.

          • Terminal

            That’s definitely an underrated film if you ask me. I think a lot of people dislike it for the fact that there’s an enormous amount of generosity and caring from strangers you couldn’t find in the real world, but this was Spielberg and Tom Hanks channeling the likes of Stewart and Capra. They took a true story and turned it in to a tale about the goodness of mankind and humanity. It’s hard to dislike that movie to be honest.

            The man isn’t perfect, which director is? AI while visually amazing was a disjointed and muddled mess with missed potential, while 1941 is an annoying and unfunny war comedy.

          • Floydian Trip

            Spielberg did as good a job as anyone could have done replicating Kubrick for AI. I liked it but thought it ended on too happy a note which was more Spielberg than Kubrick. Band of Brothers is up there with the best series ever made.

        • AngryChairr

          Displaying more sophistication than Burton or Camera isn’t hard. Burton’s fallen into a rut where he basically remakes the same movie to varying degrees of success. Sometimes it works great like with Sweeney Todd and sometimes it doesn’t like Alice. The only time he’s ever really stepped outside his comfort zone in the last decade was Big Fish, which was surprisingly good. But then he went back to the boring, gothic feel he always follows. And Cameron…wow, Avatar was just awful.

          That said, I can’t agree on Spielberg. His visual eye is still good but he’s lost his sense of narrative. Minority Report just bad, bad, bad when you actually sit down and analyze the story and War of the Worlds is probably one of the worst alien invasion flicks I’ve ever seen. War of the Worlds just abandoned any sense of logic. Son gets frigging firebombed before our very eyes? It’s cool, he’s apparently immune to bombing. Crazy survivalist Tim Robbins is crazy? Sure, we’ll just derail the entire movie for that. The only part I liked is when Cruise and his family is held at gunpoint for their car, and the crowd descends into chaos. About the only good scene in that movie.

          Munich’s about the only good movie Spielberg’s done in the last decade.

          • Terminal

            Spielberg has not lost his sense of narrative. “Minority Report” was a brilliant take on the whole man on the run tale with an Orwellian twist that led to an excellent murder mystery. Come on from Cruise’s powerful performance to Max Von Sydow, the movie is fantastic. I’ve analyze the story and yes it’s every bit as good as it used to be.

            War of the Worlds I won’t argue is the best movie ever made, but it has excellent direction and some wonderful action sequences. Along with some great social commentary.

            Munich is a masterpiece. Period.

        • The Butcher

          Terminal, you make a damned fine argument. I really liked WAR OF THE WORLDS too.

          • FireRam

            Eloquently stated terminal. Although I personally didn’t really enjoy the last Indiana Jones, I don’t know why, I can’t narrow it down to “this” or “that” reason I just didn’t get into it. Took me two seperate views just to complete it. I probably wouldn’t even bother to see another Indiana if they made it. It was great to me as a kid but as an adult I was bored with it. But I think you’re dead on with everything else said.

          • Floydian Trip

            I enjoyed the hell out of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. All the Indiana Jones movies are camp. Alot of people had a problem with the aliens but where else should you go when making a movie based on 1950’s serials. I thought Harrison Ford was pretty terrific in it considering how old he is and I’m sure that was his last. Without him Inidana Jones doesn’t make any sense. I did hate Temple of Doom though.