Robopocalypse delayed by Spielberg for rework
There was a big panic last week when news came out that Robopocalypse had been delayed and the word indefinitely was attached to many a comment. Concern was rife because the story is a great one and the idea that Steven Spielberg was delivering the film was even more exciting.
The concern was short lived though as Spielberg himself announced that it was happening, he just wanted it to be reworked, although it appears another big reason was straight up budget.
Last week people were panicking as an announcement came out that the Steven Spielberg directed adaptation of the very good Daniel H. Wilson novel Robopocalypse was being delayed. The noise about the delay was justified at the time because the book is really good and offers a great number of opportunities for film and perhaps even a franchise, especially with Spielberg behind it, and since there was no mention of a delay and some were quoting "indefinitely" along with the story it seemed like it could be dead.
There was also a concern that this was a prelude to an announcement such as Spielberg dropping out of Robopocalypse which would then suggest the project and the scope of the film were dropping.
The Deadline story seemed to be a little more positive though, saying that they had heard it was down to the project being rushed and Spielberg not wanting to race in there, that and the fateful concerns about budget.
Not so long after though a story from Entertainment Weekly through First Showing put the world to rights on the story when they approached Spielberg himself and managed to gain an all important comment:
"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...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."
Apparently he then confirmed there wasn't a problem with the project and that it was still moving forward:
"I'm working on it as we speak."
Well those do sound very positive comments, but it does suggest that the film has moved from the big view of all the different viewpoints and stories that the novel carried to one person's view of the events. Rather than being a Contagion style story telling experience from multiple characters across different timeframes, the Spielberg comments suggest that the story is going to be from a smaller number of characters, perhaps even just one.
That would make sense with the personal comment, and it would make for a strong way to get the audience into the story much more than a multi-character told story when you are limited by such a short screen time.
That also leads me to think that there could be multiple stories in the events of the novel to make it to film, telling the same overall story but from different viewpoints with vastly different experiences. I doubt that would happen to be honest but there's a small possibility that the studio could get a few films from the property. I doubt Spielberg would do more than one though, he will deliver his view of the story and move on, after all he's a busy man.