Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by Germain Lussier
In some alternate universe, Steven Spielberg‘s sci-fi action film Robopocalypse is one of the films people are putting on their 2013 best-of lists. Way back in 2011, the film was supposed to open in July 2013. It was then bumped to 2014, and finally the film was delayed indefinitely. Sad for fans of Spielberg and sci-fi, but even with the delay there was some pre-production work done on the film. One website claims to have found some storyboards made for Robopocalypse which illustrate a pretty impressive robot vs. robot fight followed by a chase through the woods. Check them out below.
Comic Book Movie says the below boards are the work of Michael Anthony Jackson, who has been a prominent Hollywood storyboard artist since the early 1990s.
The boards go from left to right here, and show a pretty cool action sequence with robots chasing a band of humans through the woods. You get an idea here of just how big and expensive Robopocalypse will be to make, and why Spielberg decided to put a pin in it until everything was ready.
And while the boards seems to be legitimate, and in Jackson’s style, without a better source link, take their authenticity with a grain of salt.
A few years back, the film was set to star Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw. Drew Goddard adapted a screenplay from a book by Daniel H. Wilson. When and if we see the movie, most of that will likely have changed but the basic plot won’t:
In the not-too-distant future, robots have made our lives a lot easier: they help clean our kitchens, drive our cars, and fight our wars–until they are turned into efficient murderers by a sentient artificial intelligence buried miles below the surface of Alaska.Robopocalypse is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that makes a strong case that mindless fun can also be wildly inventive. The war is told as an oral history, assembled from interviews, security camera footage, and first- and secondhand testimonies, similar to Max Brooks’ zombie epic World War Z. The book isn’t shy about admitting to its influences, but author Daniel H. Wilson certainly owes more to Terminator than he does to Asimov. (A film adaptation is already in pre-production, with Steven Spielberg in the director’s chair) Robopocalypse may not be the most unique tale about the war between man and machine, but it’s certainly one of the most fun.