Spielberg to Adapt ROBOPOCALYPSE for The Big Screen
Published: October 23, 2010 - 1:29pm
Steven Spielberg will direct the novel to film adaptation of Robopocalypse with a tentative release set for 2013. UPDATE: Jack Black to star in How to Survive a Robot Uprising adaptation from same author.
The Dreamworks project Robopocalypse, which explores the fate of mankind after a global robot uprising, will be distributed via Disney's Touchstone Pictures through a script written by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield). Shooting isn't expected to begin until January of 2012 because Spielberg is wrapped up in two other projects; The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn and War Horse. The novel in which the film is based on won't be released in stores until June 7, 2011.
Author of the upcoming novel Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson, has also written other Sci-Fi books including How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, and Zombies and How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion.
Jack Black is slated to star in director Steve Pink's (Hot Tub Time Machine) film adaptation of How to Survive a Robot Uprising. That movie will most likely carry a more humorous tone as opposed to the serious nature of Robopocalypse.
Author Daniel H. Wilson describes How to Survive a Robot Uprising via his official website with the following statement:
If popular culture has taught us anything, it is that someday mankind must face and destroy the growing robot menace.
In print and on the big screen we have been deluged with scenarios of robot malfunction, misuse, and outright rebellion. Robots have descended on us from outer space, escaped from top-secret laboratories, and even traveled back in time to destroy us.
Today, scientists are working hard to bring these artificial creations to life. In Japan, fuzzy little real robots are delivering much appreciated hug therapy to the elderly. Children are frolicking with smiling robot toys.
It all seems so innocuous. And yet how could so many Hollywood scripts be wrong?
So take no chances. Arm yourself with expert knowledge. For the sake of humanity, listen to serious advice from real robotics experts. How else will you survive the inevitable future in which robots rebel against their human masters?