“It reminded me of Michael Crichton,” says Spielberg.
Director Steven Spielberg admitted in a recent interview with Empire magazine that Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse, which he is going to film for DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox, reminded him of author Michael Crichton’s work.
Crichton’s Jurassic Park novel of course supplied the source material for one of Spielberg’s biggest box office hits. (Incidentally the trilogy is being released on Blu-ray for the first time this month.)
Exploring the fate of the human race following a robot uprising, Robopocalypse has been adapted for the screen by Drew Goddard, based on the novel of the same name by Wilson. DreamWorks acquired the rights to Wilson’s unpublished manuscript in November 2009. Published by Doubleday on June 8, 2011, the book soon appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Roughly twenty years from now, our technological marvels unite and turn against us. A childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online…and kills the man who created it. This first act of betrayal leads Archos to gain control over the global network of machines and technology that regulates everything from transportation to utilities, defense, and communications.
In the early months, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – from a senator and single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s “smart” toys, to a lonely Japanese bachelor, to an isolated U.S. soldier – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is far too late. Then, in the span of minutes, at a moment known later in history as Zero Hour, every mechanical device in our world rebels, setting off the Robot War that both decimates and – for the first time in history – unites humankind.
DreamWorks Studios and Twentieth Century Fox will co-finance the upcoming science fiction epic.
Capitalizing on the long holiday weekend, the film will be released on July 3, 2013, day and date worldwide. The Walt Disney Studio’s Touchstone Pictures will distribute the film domestically via its Touchstone Pictures with Twentieth Century Fox handling international distribution.