Spielberg's Adaptation Of ROBOPOCALYPSE On Hold Indefinitely
I read Wilson's novel last year and it is a moderately ambitious story with multiple story lines. Some of them would have been great to see play out. The native American tribe that rises up to defend its land. Congresswoman Perez and her search for her daughter. Nomura, the Japanese factory worker who helps start the freeborn movement in robots. It would all tie together with the confrontation with the A.I. Archos, which I imagine would involve lots of pretty lights and an angelic choir; because it is Spielberg.
Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy said 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."
Chris Hemsworth was attached to the project; I imagine he would have the role of Cormac Wallace, the narrator in Wilson's novel and member of the Brightboy squad. All of these story lines are important because they all played a part in the rise of freeborn robots and the fall of Archos. That a whole lot of novel which would result in a whole lot of film. But if anyone can do it, even on a budget, it would be Spielberg.
Of Wilson's novels, I think Amped stood a better chance of hitting screens first because the focus is on just one person. There is less need for visual effects, and that money could be used towards a kick-ass fight choreographer, as most of the action in the novel, including the climactic stand off, involves a lot of close quarters hand to hand fighting. Larnell Stovall, anyone? Amped is currently in development over at Working Title Films.