Late last year, it was announced that Dreamworks had picked up the movie rights to Daniel H. Wilson’s forthcoming book Robopocalypse about a robot attack on humanity. Wilson has a Ph.D in Robotics and is known for writing humourous books such as How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion and my personal favourite, Where’s My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived, but Robopocalypse is his first attempt at writing a relatively serious sci-fi novel. Now this week we have learned that the project also has a screenwriter attached, along with a possible director that should get even the most cynical geek excited.
According to Deadline New York, Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard has boarded the project and has begun penning the screenplay for the big screen adaptation (this despite the fact that the book itself still has not yet been finished). Apparently the script is looking so promising that Steven Spielberg is considering taking the director’s chair for this one himself. Ever since his Harvey remake fell by the wayside in December, he has been actively searching for something else to sink his teeth into. As a big fan of his War of the Worlds remake (not to mention Minority Report), I can tell you that I would definitely love to see him take this on. Goddard’s experience on Cloverfield and Lost certainly won’t hurt either. Spielberg’s involvement is still just speculation right now, but maybe if we all focus our mental energy together at once we can will it into reality. Ready… go!