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Fans of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse can rest easy. Steven Spielberg is still planning on making a film based on the book, even though there are reports that the project has been indefinitely delayed.
On Wednesday, Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy told The Hollywood Reporter that Spielberg had delayed the project indefinitely. The film is “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,” the spokesman explained.
Spielberg himself sat down with Entertainment Weekly to give an update on the project, explaining that he found a more interesting way to make the film by keeping costs down and making it more personal.
“We found that the film was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally,” the Lincoln director explained. “I found the personal way into Robopocalypse, and so I just told everybody to go find other jobs, I’m starting on a new script and we’ll have this movie back on its feet soon.”
The project was originally slated to start shooting soon and to hit theaters in April 2014. Spielberg says that he still doesn’t have a timetable set, but he is working on it now.
“Not at all. I’m working on it as we speak,” he said when asked if it was taken off his to-do list.
The script was written by Drew Goddard and Fox and DreamWorks will co-finance the project. Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth are still attached to star.
Spielberg’s latest film, Lincoln, earned 12 Oscar nominations yesterday, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Director.