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New Android Thriller On The Fast Track

March 15, 2010

Last fall, DreamWorks optioned the still-unfinished novel Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson, a Ph.D. robotics expert. The story is based on the human race’s attempt to avoid extinction following a robot uprising. Yes, we’ve experienced this angry robot plot before in Terminator, Terminator Salvation, I, Robot, War Of The Worlds, Transformers and Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen. But, Wilson, the author of How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion, Where’s My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived and soon-to-be released Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, says this story has a twist and it will make robots proud of humans. Drew Goddard has been hired by DreamWorks to write the script for Robopocalypse. That’s the same Goddard who wrote Cloverfield, a thriller with a hardly-visible villain. Even more intriguing is the rumor that Steven Spielberg, who partnered with Tom DeSanto to bring Transformers to the big screen, may direct Robopocalypse.

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