Actors Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth are currently in talks to star in acclaimed director Steven Spielberg’s upcoming science fiction movie Robopocalypse, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Tom Rothman, who is scheduled to bid farewell to Fox Filmed Entertainment, is also reportedly in talks to produce the film. Should this DreamWorks project get off the ground, 20th Century Fox and Disney’s Touchstone Pictures will handle theatrical distribution duties. Robopocalypse, it would seem, is a very hot commodity at the moment.
Regarding producer Tim Rothman’s involvement in the forthcoming project, Steven Spielberg is virtually swelling with positivity. “When someone like Tom is a free agent, you snatch him up fast,” he explained to THR. He has proven himself to be a necessity of this industry. At Fox he had already been an enthusiastic partner on ‘Robopocalypse,’ and it is to our advantage that he would come produce this film with me. Tom has been a wonderful friend and colleague over the years and DreamWorks is incredibly lucky to have him on board.”
Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse is based on author Daniel H. Wilson’s 2011 novel. According to Wikipedia, the story is described as follows:
“After failed attempts at making a non-homocidal artificial intelligence, the safeguards in a computer science lab are compromised. Archos, a supremely intelligent AI, becomes self-aware and immediately starts planning the decimation of human civilization in an attempt to preserve Earth’s biodiversity. After infecting all penetrable networked electronic devices (cars, airplanes, elevators, robots, etc.) with a “precursor virus”, Archos begins planning a systematic attack on the human race.”
Presently, it’s unknown which rolls Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth will tackle in the upcoming adaptation of Robopocalypse. Regardless, the film is still tentatively slated for release in US theaters on April 25, 2014. Are you excited about Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel?