Spielberg?s Robocalypse gets funding and release date

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9th September 2011 10:12 AM

Darren Allan


Robocalypse is a great word, and a great title for the upcoming sci-fi film which is to be helmed by none other than Mr Spielberg.

As you might imagine, the flick is all about a future world where humanity has developed robots to help with menial tasks as servants, and also as warriors to fight the wars which are inevitably going on still (we never learn).

Naturally, this is a disaster waiting to happen, and it does indeed happen when an artificially intelligent entity gains control of the bots and decides that this world isn’t big enough for both human and silicon-kind.

The film is based on the novel by Daniel H Wilson which was released this summer, receiving some critical praise: “A brilliantly conceived thriller that could well become horrific reality”, Clive Cussler enthused.

However, some other reviewers have been less kind, calling the book half-baked and complaining that it starts well, but trails off to a poor finish.

It should be interesting to see what Spielberg makes of the film version, the good news being that he’s definitely got the money in place to tackle what’ll no doubt be an effects bonanza.

The question is whether it will be an explosive Terminator style rampage through and through, or whether he’ll take a somewhat more thoughtful route with the robot rebellion.

At any rate, the funding is now in place, with both Dreamworks and Fox apparently agreeing to split the costs in these budget-conscious days.

And the release date has been punted out there too – we’re looking at almost two years for this one, July 2013 being the month pencilled in.

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