Spielberg to lead the Robopocalypse

Steven Spielberg is considering directing the feature film adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s upcoming novel Robopocalypse, which is about exactly what you think it is about.

According to Vulture, screenwriter Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) has delivered a new draft of the script to DreamWorks, and Spielberg has first dibs.

Vulture astutely note that Spielberg’s interest (no matter how vague) has whipped Hollywood into a frenzy.

“If Spielberg does it, agents will be desperate to get their acting clients hired for the film. Meanwhile, directors’ agents are trying to read it in case he decides not to do the project. Goes the thinking, If Spielberg flirted with it, it’s forever marked as a Quality Movie, so everyone wants to scoop it up if it gets dropped.”

DreamWorks are very much in the robot business at the moment (and we have the gargantuan success of their Transformers franchise to thank for that). Next year they will release Shawn Levy‘s robot boxing movie Real Steel and the third instalment of the Transformers saga.

We can expect Robopocalypse to be fast tracked into production now that Spielberg has ear-marked his interest.

More news as it develops.

Discuss: Does this sound like a “worthy” project for Spielberg?

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