The headline and the official press release were all about the fact that Tom Rothman had signed on to produce Steven Spielberg’s “Robopocalypse,” but the more interesting news was buried in The Hollywood Reporter’s article–that Anne Hathaway is in early talks for the female lead. Chris Hemsworth is also supposedly up for the male lead.
“Robopocalypse” is based on Daniel H. Wilson’s book, with Drew Goddard writing the screenplay. The book is described as follows on Amazon:
Not far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike—yet massively powerful—artificial intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour—the moment the robots attack—the human race is almost annihilated, but as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back. This is the oral history of that conflict, told by an international cast of survivors who experienced this long and bloody confrontation with the machines.
If Hathaway signs on, she’ll be hopping from blockbuster to blockbuster to blockbuster–first “The Dark Knight Rises,” then “Les Miserables,” now this. I have a feeling she probably never pictured herself as an action epic heroine when she was planning her career, but things happen.
“Robopocalypse” is scheduled to be released on April 25, 2014.