With Lincoln picking up a ton of Oscar nominations today, it looks like Steven Spielberg could be on his way to another Best Picture win. Whether or not this possibility pleases you, the good news is that it also means he can indulge in another pure popcorn flick for his next movie without having to feel guilty about it. For a while now it has looked like his next movie would be exactly that: an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s sci-fi thriller Robopocalypse with Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth attached to star. Now for the bad news: the project has reportedly hit a major snag this week and as a result will be “postponed indefinitely.” But is this just a temporary setback or does it mean the movie may never get made at all?
The news first broke yesterday on THR, where it was reported that Robopocalypse was currently “too expensive to produce” and that “the script is not ready.” It would seem that the movie needs to be scaled back, which is becoming increasingly common nowadays as studios are unwilling to risk large amounts of cash on anything that is not a sure thing. Considering that the movie was planned for an April 2014 release, however, it suddenly seemed unlikely that it would remain Spielberg’s next project.
Then Spielberg spoke to EW today in order to clarify the situation:
“We found that the film was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally… I found the personal way into Robopocalypse, and so I just told everybody to go find other jobs, I’m starting on a new script and we’ll have this movie back on its feet soon.”
He estimates a delay of just six to eight months and for the moment it sounds like he will stay focused on the project. It’s unclear if he will keep anything from the original script that was written by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods). What do you think, are you disappointed by this news or could this turn out to be a good thing? Do you think that Robopocalypse will still happen in the near future?