Daniel H. Wilson Offers a ‘Robopocalypse’ Update

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What’s up with the Steven Spielberg film Robopocalypse? At one point it was all set to be his next film, but that was back in 2012. The script was being developed by Spielberg and Drew Goddard as Daniel H. Wilson wrote his novel. Actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were all said to be in line for roles in the film about — as the title implies — “a global war between man and machine.” But in early 2013 the film was pushed back to development status, with no indication of what the future might hold. Now there’s a small Robopocalypse status update from Wilson. Read More »

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Briefly: Author Daniel H. Wilson is in a great position: his early books such as How to Survive a Robot Uprising, and How to Build a Robot Army, lead to the novel Robopocalpyse, which was immediately developed as a directorial effort for Steven Spielberg. (It’s Spielberg’s next film, following Lincoln.)

Now Wilson has another novel winding through development: the thriller Amped is part of a deal with Working Title Films. The company is picking up the project formerly housed at Summit, which originally optioned the novel before its publication. Working title has set Alex Proyas (Dark CityI, Robot; the canned Paradise Lost) to direct.

THR doesn’t have any info on the screenwriter for this project. The book is based around conflict between biologically “normal” humans and nanotech-enhanced people. In the near-future world, “technologically enhanced humans are governed by a strict set of conduct laws. Twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray, a high school teacher at Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, joins the ranks of a persecuted underclass that is planning to change, or destroy, the world.”

Alex Proyas (Dark City, Knowing) will produce and may direct AMP for Summit Entertainment. The studio just picked up the rights to the Daniel H. Wilson thriller novel, which is being called “a mix of scifi action and political allegory reminiscent of District 9.” The plot of the unpublished book, which will hit shelves in June 2011, features “a world where the technology designed to make the disabled whole, turns them into supermen.” Read More »

Earlier today, it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be officially directing Robopocalypse, based on Daniel H. Wilson‘s forthcoming novel about the fate of the human race following a robot uprising. But while humanity is being wiped out in that more serious-minded sci-fi project, Jack Black is going to be bringing a tongue-in-cheek edge to another adaptation of Wilson’s work, the semi-satiric How to Survive a Robot Uprising. Learn more after the break. Read More »

I’m not sure how seriously to take this notion right now, but there’s yet another report that Drew Goddard‘s script based upon the forthcoming Daniel H. Wilson novel Robopocalypse could be a Steven Spielberg film after the director finishes War Horse. Read More »

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DreamWorks Studios and Doubleday have acquired, in a pre-emptive deal, the rights to Daniel H. Wilson‘s unpublished manuscript, Robopocalypse. The story “explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.” The film project is being fast tracked and the book is tentatively being scheduled for a 2011 publication. No writer, director or actors have yet been attached. But what makes this different from any of the robot uprising films we’ve seen in the past? Details after the jump.

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