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Anne Hathaway in Talks for Spielberg’s ‘Robopocalypse’

 

As if the novel, Robopocalypse, weren’t already fascinating enough on its own, things just got a little more interesting. That tends to happen when Anne Hathaway’s name gets dropped!

Robopocalypse is that novel with the stunning cover, the one depicting a close-up of shiny, white, feminine robot’s face with black eyelashes and devil red eyes. From author Daniel H. Wilson, it reveals a future for humanity under the reign of a childlike, yet extremely powerful A.I. called Archos. Think Skynet from the Terminator series. Archos is a the global network of machines that has turned against mankind. At the very brink of extinction, a few scattered survivors manage to team up and develop a strategy for taking back their world.

The book has plenty of acclaim. It has been likened to The Andromeda Strain and to works by sci-fi giant, Robert Heinlein. Stephen King sang it’s praises, too. It’s noteworthy that the author has a PhD in robotics.

None other than Steven Spielberg himself is adapting the action-packed book into film. Tom Rothman has signed on as producer and Dark Knight Rises actress, Anne Hathaway is in negotiations to act in Robopocalypse.

The picture will be co-produced between DreamWorks and Fox, with Disney in charge of domestic distribution. A release date of April 25, 2014 has already been chosen.

Fox and Spielberg also worked together on the futuristic film, Minority Report. DreamWorks scooped up the property way back in 2009, purchasing the rights before Wilson’s manuscript was ever published!

Steven Spielberg said in a statement, “When someone like Tom is a free agent, you snatch him up fast. He has proven himself to be a necessity of this industry. At Fox he had already been an enthusiastic partner on Robopocalypse, and it is to our advantage that he would come produce this film with me. Tom has been a wonderful friend and colleague over the years and DreamWorks is incredibly lucky to have him on board.”

Tom Rothman said, “If you are in politics, you dream of a call from the White House, in baseball, from the Yankees, in movies, fromSteven Spielberg. Robopocalypse is the kind of important epic entertainment, a big movie with big ideas, that Steven does better than any filmmaker on earth. I am honored beyond measure that he asked for my help on it and fired up to do whatever I can for him, Stacey, the outstanding DreamWorks team, and all of my friends at Fox. I enjoyed the idea of being unemployed for a week, but this will be way more fun.”

I think Anne Hathaway is an excellent choice for this property. She has more than proven she can hold her own as an action star thanks to her turn as Catwoman, a role I was surprised she pulled off so amazingly well. The adaptation of Les Mis is only going to further catapult the young actress into the public eye. We are already hearing reports that hunk Chris Hemsworth may also try for a role in Robopocalypse. Do you think those two would have adequate chemistry? I hear Ben Whishaw, who will be appearing in another sci-fi film, The Cloud Atlas, is also looking at a part.

Chris Hemsworth In Consideration For Robopocalypse

Chris Hemsworth is in consideration to star in Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, the award-winning director’s new techno-thriller. Hemsworth has steadily gained recent popularity with his roles in Thor, The Avengers, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

The Disney-Fox-Dreamworks project will be released worldwide on April 25, 2014. The script for the film is based on Daniel H. Wilson’s novel about the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising, according to Deadline.com.

The novel is also quite accurate regarding the mechanics presented within the story. The author has a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, and many of the robots in the novel were inspired by real-world robotics research. Sources like Robert Crais and Booklist have compared the book to the works of Michael Crichton and Robert Heinlein.

There is no official offer for Hemsworth yet, and the actor would be Spielberg’s first casting for the film.

View the official summary for Robopocalypse below, and follow this link to read an excerpt from the book.

“They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you. In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.

When the Robot War ignites — at a moment known later as Zero Hour — humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.”

Jurassic Park Returning To Theaters In 3D

If you haven’t been terrorized by Jurrasic Park in your life, you are missing out. Whether it was from the original books, the subsequent movies, or the video games (Operation Genesis anyone?) people all over the world have had the iconic experience of dinosaurs run amok on Isla Nublar. And now fans can relive that experience in 3D. According to Universal Pictures, Jurassic Park will be returning to the theaters with a full 3D  conversion on July 19, 2013.

In case you were wondering why they are releasing it more than a year from now, next summer will mark the 20th anniversary of director, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the novel .

The original novel was published in 1990 by author Michael Crichton. It was adapted by Spielberg a short three years later in 1993. The film won 3 Oscars as well as 19 other awards and 15 nominations. A sequel of the novel was published in 1995, called The Lost World. Which only two years later was also adapted into a film by Spielberg in 1997. Although it must be noted that the third film in the series, directed by Joe Johnston did not relate to either book.

A fourth installment is currently in the works, and is due to be released in 2013.

Before the original novel was published, there were many bids already on it for the picture rights. Universal Studios acquired the rights before the novels publication in 1990.

The cast of the original film include:

  • Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, a leading paleontologist and main protagonist.
  • Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler, a paleobotanist graduate student and love interest of Dr. Grant
  • Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician and chaos theorist.
  • Richard Attenborough as John Hammond, billionaire CEO of InGen and the curator of Jurassic Park.
  • Bob Peck as Robert Muldoon, the park’s game warden.
  • Ariana Richards as Lex Murphy, Hammond’s granddaughter.
  • Joseph Mazzello as Tim Murphy, Hammond’s grandson.
  • Wayne Knight as Dennis Nedry, the disgruntled architect of Jurassic Park’s computer systems.
  • Martin Ferrero as Donald Gennaro, a lawyer who represents Hammond’s concerned investors.
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Ray Arnold, the park’s chief engineer.
  • B. D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, the park’s chief geneticist.
  • Cameron Thor as Lewis Dodgson, the head of InGen’s rival corporation BioSyn.
  • Greg Burson as the voice of Mr. DNA

The cautionary tale of a film, struck a cord with fans all over the world. The cost of biological tinkering and mass chaos theory were being thrust into the face of society. The film was a huge hit, and I am pretty sure it’s 3D version will be a huge summer blockbuster as well. I mean I can guess only a few people will not want to see this film.

But don’t get to excited, July 19, 2013, is a long way away and you might just make that wait even longer. Trust me.

Always remember, Life will find a way.

 

War Horse – a Lassie Film (Illustrated Edition)

Why are you interested in this adaptation?

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I want to see War Horse because I am a connoisseur of Pony-movies. Yes, I was one of those little girls obsessed with ponies. I took it a few steps further by actually riding ponies through college. Then it all got too expensive (it was always too expensive, I supplemented my habit by mucking stalls), now I just watch pony-movies alone in my living room while crying into my wine glass over my lost youth.

Beauty, The Pie, Denny (!!!) and Thowra vs The Brolga. Give me pony-movies or give me death! (Yes, even The Postman.) Continue reading

Holy Tyrannosaurus! Jurassic Park 4?!

That’s right folks, you read that title correctly.  There is news of a Jurassic Park 4 in the making!  This news brought to you by the acclaimed director himself, Steven Spielberg.  The good people at Comingsoon.net got a chance to sit down with Mr. Spielberg during an interview about the upcoming movie release. Continue reading

Be Prepared For The American Premiere of Tintin

Who in the world is Tintin might you ask?  Well on December 21st you will get to find out with his new feature film. And no it’s not that tiny dog off to the left there…  You’ve probably never heard that name unless you’ve read comic books from the 1940’s.  It’s a tale about a young reporter named Tintin, who will stop at nothing to capture the perfect story, thus leading him into a world of adventure.   Continue reading