After all of the casting rumors and the hard work that put in to the adaptation of 's novel, Robopocalypse is on hold indefinitely amid concerns over having to rush the movie to finish it by its April 25th, 2014 release date.
The announcement really stings, because the flick would have seen , , and as humans battling a robotic uprising. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy said that the project was:
Too important and the script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce. It's back to the drawing board to see what is possible.
Well, I'm definitely bummed about this update, but the silver lining is that they aren't just rushing it through production anyway and dealing with the script as an afterthought. I'm hoping that everyone realizes that the story is the most important building block of a movie, and it isn't something that should be taken lightly.
Spielberg took his time with his most recent epic, Lincoln, which took around ten years to make it to the big screen. Hopefully Robopocalypse won't take that long, but with other robot movies like 's Pacific Rim making waves, perhaps Robopocalypse will benefit from some downtime.
Let's just hope they can figure out the script issues quickly and get this one geared up again soon. I'll keep you posted. Are you sad to see Spielberg's latest sci-fi hit a wall? Do you think the project deserves more time? Drop me a line in the comment section below.