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Steven Spielberg staging a “Robopocalypse” for 2013

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Out of the way, Abraham Lincoln and put that fedora back on the shelf, Indiana Jones. Steven Spielberg has selected his next project once “War Horse” wraps, and it isn’t an Honest Abe biopic or a fifth adventure with Henry Jones, Jr.

Instead, it’s being reported that Spielberg will helm an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s “Robopocalypse,” where humans fight back against a robot uprising. Deadline, which broke the story, says Spielberg will work from a Drew Goddard script, will begin shooting in January, and will have the film in theaters in 2013.

Those who want to know more about Wilson’s story will have to pick up the book this summer. Doubleday reportedly will publish the novel in June.

Spielberg’s decision, meanwhile, leaves a handful of interesting projects on the backburner. That rumored “Indiana Jones’ sequel that several key players have mentioned could be dead. Harrison Ford isn’t getting any younger, and fans have voiced their concerns over a Shia LaBeouf-led “Mutt” Williams story. Even LaBeouf mouthed off about “Crystal Skull,” so the wheels might have come off the franchise for good.

The other project that seemed likely but now likely is done is Spielberg’s oft-discussed Lincoln film. Anything’s possible. Spielberg can come back around to it at a later date. But Liam Neeson’s out of the running to play our nation’s 16th president, so Spielberg will have to go digging if and when he decides to stage that drama.

As for “Robopocalypse,” it sounds like something Spielberg could do in his sleep after mining both “robot” and “apocalypse” topics in multiple forms over his illustrious career. I hope there’s something original in Wilson’s story for Spielberg to explore. I’m thinking the storyteller wouldn’t accept this project if it simply reheated either one of his old films, or someone else’s efforts.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • October 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    Why doesn’t he make a movie that’s original and not beaten down so much. How about a new subject matter all together. Like “The Bond” series (A Love Beyond Mortality) or pulling up some other sci-fi material that hasn’t already been done?

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