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Deadline: Spielberg Will Next Direct ROBOPOCALYPSE!!

I am – Hercules!! Steven Spielberg’s next directorial effort will be “Robopocalypse,” a tale of humanity struggling to survive an android uprising, according to Deadline Hollywood. Based on the 2011 novel (hitting shelves June 7) by Daniel H. Wilson, the movie is scripted by Drew Goddard (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Alias,” “Lost,” “Cloverfield,” “Cabin in the Woods”), a protégé of both Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams (with whom Spielberg is collaborating on "Super 8"). The last Spielberg directorial effort to find its way into cinemas was 2008's “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” He’s in postproduction on two follow-ups: “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” (hitting cinemas Dec. 28, 2011) and the World War I saga “War Horse” (due the same day, according to IMDb). According to Deadline, "Robopocalypse" will begin shooting mere days after the releases of "Tin Tin" and "War Horse" and should find its way into moviehouses in 2013. One of the 13 or 14 producers of the "Transformers" movies, Spielberg wrote and directed 2001's robo-centric "Artificial Intelligence: A.I." Find all of Deadline’s exclusive on the matter here.
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  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this done as...

    by WeylandYutani

    The Terminator?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    or AI?

    by WeylandYutani

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    by CigsandCoffee56

    Kinda a gay Movie Title, nobody will that this seriously

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Try saying Robopocalypse 5 times fast

    by A_Die_Hard_Fan

    Go on. I double dog dare ya.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    or I, Robot?

    by WeylandYutani

    or the even the Matrix? <P> Have not read the book. for those in the know, is this an old idea that is handled in an original way? <P> I was really hoping The Beard would do Interstellar which I thought sounded kinda cool.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Spielberg's last two sci-fi (A.I. and Minority Report) were awesome. Bring it on.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I don't think people should survive an Android uprising

    by SmokingRobot

    People suck. I welcome our electronic overlords.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see some of the ol'Spielberg magic

    by lochkray

    It's been so very long. Ever since Jurrasic Park. He's hit some of his dramatic works out of the park. And he's done some other strong work (ie; minority report) but nothing with that inexplicable Spielberg magic that used to permiate his work. By the sounds of this project, I don't think I'm going to get it, but I hope. There were hints he still has it in A.I., but, as I said, it's been so very, very long.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    I'll be ready to see this...

    by Shalako

    in 3 years. In 5 years I'll be ready to see another one of his films.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Soundtrack to be done by

    by Chief_Macho


  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Metalpocalypse

    by jarjarmessiah

    Matt Damon as Murderface

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    What's the word on this Tin Tin

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    And why does it have over a years worth of post production

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Spielburg sucks now.

    by disfigurehead

    After his oscar for Schindler's list he has gotten lazy.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    I liked it when it was called The Terminator

    by rev_skarekroe

    I mean, The Matrix. I mean, 9.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    The same freakin' day?!

    by OceanWang

    No way can that be true!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    A protegé of Jar Jar Abrams?

    by AsimovLives

    It's shit, then.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    shoulda been Robocalypse instead

    by the new transported man

    Same message, better portmanteau.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    And when will Spielberg finally make INTERSTELLAR, anyway?

    by AsimovLives

    He's not getting any younger, you know?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by kobain

    I read the name Spielberg somewhere about two days ago and I was thinking EXACTLY the same thing! I miss the "spielberg magic" too... wait, I remember now... I was switching channels and I stumbled upon The Goonies, so obviously the swithcing stopped right there... that led me to thinking they dont make silly adventure movies like those anymore... and how I wish Spielberg weren't so jaded and old and he went back to those days. Lately for him, is terrorism, apocalypses, bleak futures, bleak pasts... where are the wonder years of Jurassic Park, goonies, et... the closest thing we get today is a fridge getting nuked...I wonder if he still got it.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    So does this mean REAL STEEL is out the window?

    by Professor_Monster

    for years Dreamworks has been developing Real Steel - the story of a Robot who is salvaged from a junk heep and put back together by a dumpster diver and his son and they learn the this thing was once a contender for Heavyweight champion of the world - imagine rock em sock em robots but with a good story. Walter fucking Parks has stood in the way of getting it made time and time again - I hope this bullshit doesn't take it's place.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Even if the story rules, Speilberg will ruin it

    by AzulTool

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    by JBouganim1

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    by JBouganim1

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    I find it difficult to get excited about Spielberg's films

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    these days. How jaded am I?! To be fair, with dross like Crystal Skull and Transformers, perhaps I'm justified to be so? <p> Professor - Real Steel is in post. Shawn Levy directing; Hugh Jackman starring. It will be shit.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST


    by thecheesegrommit

    I love how unparanoid_android proclaims that Speilberg "has fallen" for picking certain projects. Hee hee. Your stature in life must be in the stratosphere. Dink.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Oh, this is ridiculous. The man has like 10 lineups.

    by Dharma4

    Tintin, Lincoln, Interstellar, some other crap I can't remember and now this?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Are the robots Jews?

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Another robot rebellion? fuck it. And fuck Zach Galifianakis too

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Machines and humans would likely merge...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...through self-designed evolution into one, composite lifeform rather than one side massacring the other. The whol "evil robot rebellion" thing is so 1930's pulp fiction.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Stupid....already have I-Robot

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Seriously what the fuck? I predict a flop in terms of what his movies used to do.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Robopocalypse does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I like the concept but what a terrible B-movie title. Totally lacking in the sort of class and quality you'd expect from a top director.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Spielberg used to be a big "event" director

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    or that's just what it seemed like when I was younger. I just browsed his directing credits on imdb, and while a lot of it's good, some maybe classics... a lot of it also (mostly towards the most recent) seems be labors of love... or perhaps of paycheck.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I hate the anti-science rethoric.

    by David Cloverfield

    I know, it's as american as apple pie, but still. I'm not saying every movie should be an Asimov or Clarke like love letter to science and it's accomplishments, but at least some should be. How many more movies do we need when we destroy ourselves. AI was at least on the right track, with ignorant masses sacrificing machines in a frenzy. We need a balance.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Maybe I'm in the minority here...

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    but I kind of liked his War of the Worlds, although, everything else since Private Ryan has been pretty "meh" for me. I'm hoping these next few projects will be a return to form (at least he seems busier these days than he has been in a while), but I'm not holding my breath.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    it's not going to be us vs. the robots b/c...

    by smudgewhat

    it's going to be us (old-style humans) vs. 'enhanced' human/robot hybrids (yes, the Borg). human beings are going to largely merge with the technology and the gap between the previous humans and the enhanced humans will quickly grow. there will never be an actual conflict between pure humans and pure computers b/c the line between both will become completely blurred.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Read that title too fast..

    by Spyhunter

    I thought it was Robocopalypse. :(

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Malcovich is my second choice.. But wonderful.

    by UltraTron

    I would rather him call the movie Robotron 2084. How about UltraRobotron? Due to a genetic engineering accident you are imbued with super human powers. Rescue your family for bonus points.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Robostar Galactica? Terminapocalypse?

    by Crow3711

    There will never be anything original ever again

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Its ok dolphins:

    by UltraTron

    War of the Worlds is one of the best Spielberg movies. There's nothing to apologize for.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    What the hell happened to INDY 5??

    by SkitZo

    Come on Steven!! When the hell are you gonna redeem yourself from that turd you released known as Indy 4??

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I'm already a robot....

    by Zombiana_Jones

    I do the same routine every day: I get up, get dressed, eat the same shit while driving to an anonymous grey building with no windows, to sit in an equally bleak cube...So I can sit here and read talkbacks on repetitive films, and occasionally respond. The machines won...We are them.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Wow, that's an incredibly...

    by Marshal_Lannes page to screen transition. Book isn't out for 8 more months and the script is doen and director on board? Very unusual.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    cool. robots, action, scifi, oh wait is this the I Robot sequel.

    by chadiwack

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I have a hard time caring about Spielberg Projects lately...

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    They don't seem to be that special or appealing anymore.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    i am sick of robot uprisings

    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3 p.m. CST


    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...The only thing that keeps me going (being a robot, and all) is the promise of living long enough to see MORE robots driving their cars into lightpoles while talking mindlessly on their cellphones...Oh, and that whole 2012 thing. That's gonna be Michael-Bay-Shit-Blow'd-Up-Good-Old-Testament-Shizzle....

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    How many years does it take to make that damn TinTin flick?

    by Chewtoy

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    It'll suck

    by S-Mart shopper

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Fuck TinTin...

    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...And his little dog, too. When the fuck are we getting Goonies 2? There, I said it....

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I refuse to believe that Spielberg was involved with the Transfo

    by TheFlyingWasp

    And A.I. is one of his underappreciated classics in my opinion. With that said, Spielberg hasn't had too much experience with "robot" films I believe as opposed to extraterrestrials and war. It'll be nice to see what he does with this sub-genre along with using some of his trademarks and motifs, which will make for a great movie. Spielberg is getting on in years and I've always loved his blockbuster works the most. More films like these, the better in my opinion. Not even Spielberg is going to be around forever.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Is CABIN IN THE WOODS ever coming out?

    by Frat Boy

    Anyone have any intel on that?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Soundtrack by MUSE

    by RainesMaker

    then I'd be excited

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's last two sci-fi films...

    by Fah-Cue

    ... were H O R R I B L E (A.I and Minority Report). He isn't half the filmmaker he used to be. And enough with robot apocalypse-scenarios. Done to death.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    tin tin

    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    For the record,

    by Zombiana_Jones

    I liked A.I. The man just needs to do more stuff he really CARES about and stop producing shit like 'Shit-formers'. Seriously, I've managed to finish pretty much every film I've started, whether it's been interrupted or I just needed a break. That last Transformers Shit-fest got to about the 2/3 mark before I fuckin' just couldn't take it anymore. I was polite enough to let the rest of the family finish before I took it out to the garage and smashed it with a hammer....THANK GOD I didn't actually pay for that crap...Spielberg, WTF were you thinking by being involved with that abortion?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I guess that I'm one of the few who really liked...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...both A.I. and Minority Report, then, along with War of the Worlds (minus the last 20 minutes). That's fine, I could deal with having a minority opinion (yuck, yuck).

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Terminator: Future War

    by Swoomustdie

    To hell with this Robopocalypse; Take the money, throw it at James Cameron. In fact, just buy up an island, cover it in money, and then give it to him. Have him film the Terminator Future War movie he always talked about (before stating the franchise was dead; Thanks Studio guys!)and give us that instead.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Thanks Herc for reminding me that Spielberg did A.I.

    by newc0253

    how much i hated that shitty shitty movie. It had all the weak points of Kubrick and Spielberg combined: Spielberg's schmaltzy sentimental streak married to Kubrick's knack for faux-profundity.<p> Plus a chase scene with florescent dirt-bikes!<p> I'm pleased that Spielberg is directing Drew Goddard's script: after his work on Buffy, Angel, Cloverfield and Lost, there's thankfully no conceivable way that that film could be as outright terrible as AI was...

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by Zombiana_Jones

    Minority Report and WOTW were OK, even though I really can't stand Cruise's shit anymore...It's a tribute to the man's obvious talent that he could make 2 films with the man (and I use that term loosely) and at least make them watchable. Fucker just makes my skin crawl anymore...'Nuff said...

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    If you don't like A.I.

    by pushthebuttonmax

    then you don't like your mother. That's what the damn movie is about, a boy and his mother, nothing more, nothing less.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    An increasing tired and boring concept.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Having never read the book, I can't really comment on it. However, if this is the kind of thing that Spielberg feels compelled to do at this point in his career, he really is scraping the bottom of the creative barrel.<P>I shudder now to think of what might come of his involvement with GHOST IN THE SHELL.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    is one of Spielberg's least sentimental movies. You completely missed the whole point of the film newc0253. The final 10 minutes are some of the bleakest cinema i've ever seen. Of course you have to actually engage your brain with A.I., something most audiences gave up on long ago.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    You have to love the people

    by kwisatzhaderach

    who condemn the movie outright, without knowing a single thing about the storyline or before a single frame of film is shot. Superb.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    A.I. is outright terrible?????

    by Anything But Tangerines

    It should have been a 5, but Kubrick had to go and die so Spielberg took over and made a 4. Why do deflated expectations always equal TOTAL UBER FAIL in this fucked up world of fanboys we live in?!?! I would rather watch A.I. than the VAST majority of movies out there which ARE outright terrible. Get some perspective!!!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    It'll suck

    by S-Mart shopper

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    by Anything But Tangerines

    or, alternatively, watch the Speilberg-produced Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Let's see how far you get into THAT before you BEG for A.I.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by eustisclay

    ...I think the problem lies in Hollywood changing the genre from Action Adventure to just plain Action. I really miss adventure films.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I kinda love AI

    by David Cloverfield

    And the Dune nerd is right. It's not really sentimental when you think about it. I hear people complain about a "forced happy ending", but I always figure my DVD came without the last 20 minutes set after the scene where the mother clone dies holding David after fulfilling his thousand year old wish for a few hours. Giving him a taste of true human love, than ripping it away, leaving him in a world where "a mother's love" literally doesn't exist anymore, not even as a concept. It's okay, if your parents don't get it, but this is a site for nerds. I don't expect to hear this kind of talk here.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    For me, it's more a matter of the whole robot-uprising-thing having been done to death. I'd rather see Spielberg do something more interesting on a conceptual level.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I pronounce it ROBOP-A-Cow-Lips

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    sound cool

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    I'd robop Christina Hendricks' cow lips.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I pronounce it S-U-C-K

    by S-Mart shopper

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by No Respectable Gentleman

    Wow. You got it in one, dude. A.I. is my second best movie of the Noughties.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Treat them mean, keep them keen...

    by gabbygall

    So the Jews must fucking love the Nazis.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    so when will Spielberg have time to do indy 5?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    All rumours point to Indy 5 being a summer 2012 does that mean the beard is filming that next year, before he get ito Robopacocolalyse?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by Axl Z

    Dead or alive?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by RETURN_of_FETT

    Bring on the fucking robot movies, I luvs da fuckerz!</p><p>Better yet...bring on the fucking robots! Wasn't I supposed to own a sexbot by now that would cook all my fucking meals and pick up my shit? I DUN BEEN LIED TO!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    if the last 10 mins of AI is "some of the bleakest cinema"

    by newc0253

    then obviously you don't get out much, KH ole buddy.<p> if Spielberg had ended the film with the kid in the car staring at the blue fairy, i agree *that* would have been bleak.<p> but the last 10 mins of the film weren't just that, were they?<p> for what it's worth, i thought there was more insight into the human condition in 2 minutes of a data-centric episode of TNG than in the entire pointless waste of time that was AI.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    The Thing About AI ...

    by thorin01

    Is that it is a fable. But its NOT a human fable. Its the AIs of the future fable about their origins. That's why all of the human characters, accept the mother, come across as one dimensional and all the robot characters come across as very human like a sympathetic.<br><br> And I agree with others who said its one of Speilberg's most underrated films.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    indy 5

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    must have been bullshit............these guys are acting like Ford's in his 30's and they are in their 40's and have all the time in the world.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    After this he's directing 3 new Star Wars movies:

    by UltraTron

    The first one is a prequel to the prequels where we actually see the young emperor growing up and being bullied by the Jedi. We finally know what "revenge" is for. Darth Maul talks of it in episode 1 and it's the title of the last one Lucas made but we haven't the slightest clue what this revenge is for-so this movie will cover that. Also it will explain why the emperor wants to give up a life of luxury to go drive around on a cold ship for 20 years with Nero and wait around to be able to blow stuff up real good.  The other 2 films will take place in the most recent star wars timeline after Jedi and they will not involve Luke training new Jedi at the academy but instead will focus on a new "golden age" of star wars technological utopia. The films will no longer have to do with politics or religion-they will eschew these concepts altogether and will not even have War in the titles. We will be presented with the force in full balance and an age undreamed of. Where planet-sized beings are grown for civilizations to live upon. This is the new utopian age of Star Can't We All Just Get Along? But something stirs...  

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    i applaud Spielberg's courage to make another

    by KilliK

    movie about robot finding humanity,after his POS garbage AI.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    I would rather see Tuplipocalyspe

    by sweeneydave

    It would be after the world was destroyed and the only living thing left was fields of tulips. They would sway in the wind from time to time. And maybe we could have cartoon thought bubbles so we could see what they're thinking. Endlessly fascinating.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    sounds like COLOSSUS: the forbin project

    by rur

    But not as good. Why the hell make another man v.s machine film using tons of CGI? The entire thing is backward. There must be nothing new left in the world I guess. crap.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    i agree spileberge peaked

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    i think around schindler's list - whatever year that was.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    If I see that Bjork robot design one more time!

    by Flames gotta Eat

    Im gonna fucking sue someone even though it wasnt me who came up with the design. Director Chris Cunningham and his team came up with that white, mannequin-esque robot design for Bjork's "All Is Full Of Love" video and since then I-Robot has ripped it off, Svedka vodka took it for their print ads and now this fuckin novel cover stole it. And if the robots in the Berg's movie look like this I'm gonna stage a fucking million man march or somethin. COME UP WITH A NEW DESIGN FUCK-TARDS! And yes this title isn't great, sounds like a bad Cartoon Network show or somethin, although wouldnt it be something if the Berg made Metalocalypse The Movie? And the Tin Tin movie is gonna be subtitled the Secret of the Unicorn??!! Gayest name EVER!!!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    We need a remake of Flesh Eating Mothers

    by sweeneydave

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Stick with the SyFy Stephen

    by xile1c

    All sci fi Spielberg has done has been at least very good, mostly great. You just have to pull his head out of the World War bucket long enough to make them. By the way the SyFy thing is a joke.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I wonder when we'll finally see a "Tintin" teaser/trailer?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I just want a feel for what it'sgoing to look/feel like. I know the Herge books very well, but I want to see what it's going to look like on the scale they're shooting for.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    re:REAL STEEL Professor Monster

    by Triceratops on Fire

    I believe it is coming out next year courtesy of the Mouse House. Hugh Jackman is staring. I'm pretty sure we've had pics on this site.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I agree...

    by GroolDemon

    The title definitely needs some work, especially considering the book doesn't even drop until June or July of next year. How about something like The Silicon Revolution or Mutiny of the Mannaquins. Or if you want a single word mashup why not Robellion, Andrarchy, Mechamorphosis. Or if we want to wax the thesaurus further and just find a good word that fits, how about Reformation?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    What's wrong with making another robouprising movie?

    by cgih8r

    If Speilberg is remaking A.I. with the robots fighting humans. I'm so fucking there! that is of long as Lucas has nothing to do with it. I hope Lucas keeps making Clone Wars wooden puppet movies to keep him distracted from getting involved with movies that people actually want to see.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Minority Report Was Pretty Good

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    AI had some interesting moments but the ending really did drag on forever. War of the Worlds was a surprisingly boring film experience – you think it should be great with all of the elements, but something just seemed off about the whole thing (like maybe the complete absence of tension). I can’t really fault him for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, anything Lucas touches these days turns to crap – from a Directing standpoint I think he was just passing the time.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Great! But the title is lame. And what about "Interstellar"? I w

    by MrFloppy

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Was I the only one?

    by pushthebuttonmax

    that shit my pants in War of the Worlds every time a tri-pod let off on of those fog horn blasts?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    AI as artificial fable

    by Turingtestee

    Nice. I am reminded that work for the Universal Studio ride for Jurassic Park was begun before the book had been published (movie too).

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Hate the title

    by Turingtestee

    But then again I hated "Robocop".

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    You need to test the title in a song...

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Robocopping here, Robocopping there, people Robocopping like they just don’t care…..(how exactly does one Robocop like they don't care nayway? Aren't they already showing they care by putting in the effort to do the dance?)

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Where Do I Buy Tickets?

    by Autodidact

    I'm a complete sucker for Spielberg +sci-fi. I thought A.I. and Minority Report was an incredible one-two sci-fi punch to open the decade. Then he did WOTW in 2005 which I also find to be a fantastic movie. Have watched my MR and WOTW DVDs many times each!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Absence of Tension in WOTW?

    by Autodidact

    Really? I find that movie to be a longer version of the last 45 minutes of Aliens... the tension almost never lets up. Hell, even the introductory family sequence has tension!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Sucked Since Jurassic Park?

    by Autodidact

    Uhh, Saving Private Ryan, A.I, Minority Report, WOTW, and Munich. Yeah, wow stop sucking it up Mr. Spielberg!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    The ultimate film to preempt the Robot Holocaust

    by Christopher_Walken_Walks_Christopher_Reeves_Cant

    Robot saviour Roscar Schindbot will hide us all in his factory.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Terminator Future War or GTFO

    by lv_426

    Seriously. I'm also tired of the cliched "evil robot" sub-genre. It has pretty much been done enough times that it has lost its appeal.<P>A story about humans evolving into machines over a couple of centuries to a thousand years would be very interesting instead. Has that even been done yet in sci-fi literature, let alone sci-fi cinema? I mean, let's face it, a concept like that would probably have to be a novel, as it wouldn't have the type of simple plot that a big bloated budget Hollywood spectacular needs these days.<P>Also, what is the deal with sci-fi (especially films/TV) automatically accepting the idea that we will inevitably develop self-aware AI and thus sentient humanoid robots? Seriously, we might never get to that point, or even if very advanced AI is ever "made", it might not be fully sentient, self aware, or even considered alive in the sense that a human being, an animal, or even a plant is considered a living entity. Even so, it doesn't make a ton of sense to jump to the conclusion that intelligent machines or AI will want to destroy or enslave humanity either.<P>So unless Hollywood wants to give us more chapters in either the Battlestar Galactica saga or the Terminators vs John Connor future war story, then I don't see the point of wasting our time with another "evil robot" flick.<P>As for Spielberg, he faltered in the 90's after the double whammy of Jurassic Park and Schindler's List, and then regained some of the old magic from Saving Private Ryan through Catch Me If You Can. War of the Worlds was okay. Munich was pretty damn good, but not his greatest either. Indy 4 was one of the worst films I've ever seen. Seriously, it was a worse "fourth film" than even Alien Resurrection.<P>At this rate, I'd rather see him remake Duel than this Robopocalypse thing. Seriously, Duel could be a fun 3D thrill ride at least.<P>The bottom line is the dude has had an amazing career. I'll still always love a ton of his films.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Look at the bright side

    by TinkerTIW

    This should keep him too busy to do INDIANA JONES 5.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    TinkerTIW....Good one :)

    by cgih8r

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    A.I. sucked, War of the Worlds sucked...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...and Crystal Skull sucked. So he's 0-for-3, on aliens, robots and apocalypses. That doesn't give me a very warm feeling, towards this project. Sir Stevie needs a hit.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    What about E.T and Schindler's List

    by Autodidact

    I'd say he's 2 for 2 on aliens and apocalypses there.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Is he going to ring James Cameron.

    by hallmitchell

    For some pointers! Hopefully he's lost Michael Bay's number.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Starring Will Smith!

    by Orionsangels

    Jada Smith, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith and Agent Smith!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I hope this movie has a strange tint.

    by Orionsangels

    like most recent Spielberg films, gotta love that colored tint he puts on films. They need to re-release Jaws in that new tint, that makes every film look like CG wax.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Spielberg can still direct

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    check out munich, minority report, war of the worlds or even catxch me if you can. The beards only real dud of the last 10 years has been Indy 4 (which is debatable) and that airport imigrantmovie he did with tom hanks

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Money in the Bank

    by animatronicmojo

    Señor Spielbergo’s paint-by-numbers blockbuster-for-the-sodden-masses phone-it-in directorial kit: Hackneyed, done-to-death genre concept + relentless maudlin sentimentality + gratuitous comes-out-of-nowhere blood and gore + ponderously wooden performance by a child actor(s) whose character(s) is/are suffering from the emotional trauma of divorce and/or dead mother + Tom Cruise as divorced and/or widowed hero looking “intense” while on the run and then jumping up and down, clapping hands and laughing maniacally while making a sandwich + vanilla actress as ex/dead wife as background character + $100+ Million dollars worth of highly improbably computer-generated Loony Tunes-inspired action sequences + logic- and physics-defying plot-holes every ten minutes + another $100+ million of full-saturation advertising and Burger King toy tie-ins = Hollywood wins again.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    No, Spielberg hasn't peaked:

    by newc0253

    sentiment has always been a major weakness of his: c.f. the last half-hour of Schindlers List, the framing device and the bulk of Saving Private Ryan and pretty much the whole of ET - three of his most acclaimed and beloved films.<p> as much as i hated AI, didn't think much of Minority Report, and was sorely disappointed by Crystal Skull, let's not forget he also did Munich and Catch Me If You Can, both of which are excellent.<p> so, yes, I'm excited to see his Tintin movie, not least because of the obvious influence of Herge's books on Raiders of the Lost Ark (my favourite Spielberg film, and maybe my favourite film of all time). At the end of the day, Spielberg may make some bad films, as well as some mediocre films which are overpraised, but when he's at his best, there's noone better.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Schindler's List was more of a holocaust than...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    an apocalypse; but maybe that's just splitting hairs. E.T. was pretty good; but I prefer Close Encounters alien-wise.<p> I was more working out a theory as opposed to stating an absolute cinematic law. I like most of Spielberg's movies. Jaws-- awesome; Raiders-- awesome; 1941-- :p... just trying to see if you're paying attention; Last Crusade-- very good; Catch Me If You Can-- a favorite; Schindler's List-- an absolute masterpiece; Saving Private Ryan-- a favorite; Empire of the Sun-- a lost treasure, a must view if you've never seen it; Jurassic Park-- not bad at all, but I liked the book ending a whole lot better; Minority Report-- one of my all-time favorite sci-fi films.<p> Indy IV... just so thoroughly disappointing. George Lucas has to take a equal portion of blame on that one though. They should've shot Darabont's script. It may have made huge dollars worldwide... but most of that was based on past glories, of previous films.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Robocopalcolypse Now

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    The horror!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Apocalypse 2.0

    by Wheel99

    Would be a better title.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    AssholeLives already hates it...I'm THERE

    by quantize

    fuck that precious douchebag

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    They should Pronounce Robot as Robutt

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Like the ol' timey 50's movies. Robuttapocoasslips

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Sure! As soon as he finishes Tintin, Lincoln, Harvey...

    by ricarleite2

    ... Interstellar, Matt Helm, Oldboy, Ghost in the Shell, War Horse, Indy 5, Halo...

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    What do you do when you're the best?

    by THX1968

    You get raked over the coals, a lot. Spielberg's choices have been somewhat grating since "Shindler's List", but whenever he's involved in a genre picture, I am so there. This is the guy that made "Jaws", for God's sake. However, he doesn't approach his genre pictures with the same zest or sense of wonder that he once did. His early films always gave the actors a few moments to breathe and marvel at the situations they found themselves in. In stark contrast to those films, you have the paranoia and fear of films like "Minority Report" and "War of the Worlds", two pictures that I happen to like, but Uncle Stevie isn't making feel as good when I walk out of the theatre. "Indy 5" was awesome (just wanted to get that out the way), and almost hit that sweet spot, but fell a bit short. I'm curious as to what happened to "Manhunt". That one sounded pretty awesome. Ultimately, I will see whatever this guy makes.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds failed by the modernizing of it

    by lv_426

    Seriously. It would have actually been unique and really fun to see a faithful adaptation of the novel set in the late 19th Century, making it a sort of sci-fi period piece.<P>As it is now, it feels like just another run of the mill alien invasion film. The tripods feel out of place and strangely old fashioned, even though they were very powerful in the film. Actually, that was another major problem with his War of the Worlds. If he wants to update it then fine, but don't just tear the story out of the 1890's and drop it face first into the present day. The aliens in Spielberg's film only had their tripod war machines. No air power, no smaller sized ground vehicles of forces, no large star ships, etc. They seemed to be able to control the weather, yet they only use it to ride lightning bolts down into buried war machines? WTF? If I were these bad ass highly advanced aliens, I'd use the weather as a freaking weapon. Then Spielberg never really showed our military fighting back save for a scene or two. So the fact that the aliens never took advantage of their weather hacking tech, and didn't have even an airforce, really telegraphs that this was based on an old story. The thing is, the story works when set about a century ago, because we didn't have any type of airforce or nuclear weapons. HG Well's story was tailored to the time he set it in.<P>I'll give him some points for the twist of the tripods being buried, but even then, why? These aliens can travel to another star system. Why leave something like that buried? What if we had found it and reverse engineered the tech? We'd then possibly have proper defenses against the aliens themselves!<P>And let's face it, the original notion of the Martians (another problem with Spielberg's film is that the aliens are generic now that they aren't Martians) crashing to Earth in cylindrical atmospheric entry vehicles and emerging as the stunned masses look on in terror is so much more suspenseful and effective, as well as just downright iconic in my opinion.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Spielberg 1975-1993

    by ricarleite2

    There's this other guy with the same name directing shit like "robocop lips" or something.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Just give us our fucking Lincoln already. I think I speak for everyone when I say we'd rather watch Liam Neeson in that than a bunch of robots again.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Next up, Robocopocalypse

    by matineer

    Had to say it.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    "Sure! As soon as he finishes Tintin, Lincoln, Harvey...... <P>Interstellar, Matt Helm, Oldboy, Ghost in the Shell, War Horse, Indy 5, Halo..."<P>Interstellar - yes<P>Matt Helm - yes<P>Oldboy (remake) - please God, no<P>Ghost in the Shell - live action Ghost in the Shell, for the love of Christ NOOOOOOOO!!!!!<P>War Horse - yes<P>Indy 5 - only if it is really really good to make up for the suck of the last one<P>Halo - is he producing or directing? I'd actually feel great about this one if Spielberg teamed with Peter Jackson to produce and Neil Blomkamp returned as director. Maybe after Jackson finishes The Hobbit?<P>Actually, the perfect Halo film trilogy would be Peter Jackson, James Cameron, and Steven Spielberg producing. First film would be the events of Halo CE directed by Del Toro (he'd be able to do action well enough, plus The Flood and Covenant would look amazing under his direction). The second film would be Earth under siege whilst flashing back to The Fall of Reach events, directed in gritty fashion by Neill Blomkamp. The third and final film would need some epic scope, so maybe Ridley Scott, or James Cameron would be perfect.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    He's gonna Robo-Nuke the Robo-Fridge!! ROOOBOOO!!!

    by Jobacca

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    yea, like you're all already thinking, this is pretty much IRobo

    by gruemanlives

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    I am going to ignore this particular movie...

    by Jobacca

    until it swims up and bites me on the Robo-Ass!! That was from JAWS.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Alternate titles:

    by Raymond Shaw

    Instead of Robopocalypse how about Cybergeddon or Cybertastrophe or Asamohilation

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Spielberg and Kubrick

    by proevad

    hanging out and talking on the phone those last years of Kubrick's life. Think it messed with Steven's judgment as far as the length of his films went, even after Kubrick died. There was a stretch there when every fucking movie he put out seemed to go on and on and on. Even what should have been simple little lark films like Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, seemed to go on forever. Idk, not saying his later films weren't good, that wouldn't be fair...just think he might have forgotten somehow that masterpieces are made in the editing room--and he hasn't made one of those in a long, long time. But 3 hour running time or not, I'll be there cuz it's Spielberg.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Nobody here has read the book!!!

    by notcher

    So shut the fuck up until you actually know what the fucking story is!! JESUS!!!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    I hope he does Indy V to help us forget KOTC


    I know most people were so disgusted with KOTC that they have no desire to see another Indiana Jones film. I take a different view. Spielberg has to know in his heart how bad KOTC sucked. I think if he is allowed to make the Indy film he want(rather than George Lucas's vision)there is a chance we could get another great Indy film as a kinf of I'm sorry for KOTC. Kind of like what Rocky Balboa was to Rocky V.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    Too bad he passed on the Matt Helm with Jon Hamm. Maybe someone else will do that one?<P>Chocky sounded like a perfect Spielberg flick. I'd like to see that one too.<P>Just like a lot of these mogul directors (Cameron, Del Toro, Scott), Spielberg has way too many projects in the works. It is infuriating that the film industry always announces these things before they are even gonna be made. Is it to make the lowly up and coming filmmakers of the world feel like little rats scurrying for scraps?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST


    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    I sure hope they'll use a completely different design than the one on that book cover, because that looks horrendous.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    AI is so-so, but Minority Report...

    by Sardonic

    is still one of my favorite depictions of near future ever. I actually really love that movie. In a lesser filmmaker's hands it would have degraded into nothing but a cheesy action flick, but Spielberg made it something more (while still having enough action to make it interesting). There were a lot of clever ideas in that movie, and anyway, good Philip K. Dick adaptations are few and far between (basically this and A Scanner Darkly, and I guess Blade Runner, but that added a LOT of stuff (but then so did Minority Report, I suppose)). ASD is the only straight-up Dick adaptation, and it's badass. As for this Robomovie, well, we'll have to see. As others have mentioned, Speilberg has been lackluster as of recent (still better than your run-of-the-mill bullshit, no doubt, but definitely lacking his old magic). Who knows, maybe this will be a return to form? But I've always been somewhat optimistic.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    What about that Ghost in the Shell

    by PedroM

    live action? Spielberg was/is supposed to direct it or just produce it?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Spielberg sci-fi

    by dukeroberts

    I liked both Minority Report and War of the Worlds, but A.I. was so slow and boring. It probably wouldn't have been much better if Kubrick had directed it though. It felt like a Kubrick movie to me. Slow. Cold. Boring.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    Some of you must have seen like 10 movies in your life

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    Yeah, that's a tired and old internet nerd arguments, but seriously. If A.I. or Minority report are your ideas of terrible movies, I don't know what to say. A.I is terrible because it's not as good as what Kubrick would have done? Really?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    I hope they change the title

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    cause I can't pronounce Robococklips without sounding retarded

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    His studio bought the rights and I believe he is producing it.<P>I know I've said this before in Talkback but...<P>...there ain't a woman alive who is hot enough (and has got the voice) to play Major Motoko Kusanagi.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    A.I. and Minority Report were terrible movies...

    by Jobacca

    Because they were terrible movies. Had nothing to do with Kubrick or anything else. Speilberg has been up his own ass ever since Schindlers List and Private Ryan. Old Speilberg gave us movies with Nazi's and Dinosaurs and Harrison Ford. Current Speilberg gives us movies with Talking Teddy Bears and Tom Cruise and Walkie-Talkies as guns in E.T. and Harrison Ford's grumpy old man schtick flying around in nuked fridges. I miss old Speilberg. And old Lucas. And old Coppola. And old Scorsese.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Good God. Been there, done that.

    by IronEagle74

    Spielberg, you're one of the best ever, but you're slipping...........

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Title sounds like something from Futurama

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    As in, something one of the characters would say, or the news show within that series would label as a headline "BREAKING: ROBOPOCALYPSE 3010". I can't believe a serious novel (it's serious, right?) with such a corny title is going to be published by a major house. Was "ROBOQUAKE" considered?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    If Adventure Has A Name...

    by Laserbrain

    It isn't Steven Spielberg.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by pushthebuttonmax

    Actually I interpreted the aliens to be Martians in Spielberg's adaptation. Notice during the opening monologue when the aliens are mentioned, the camera focuses on a traffic light on red. The red orb fills up the screen, representing Mars. And wtf at all these people saying A.I. was terrible? BECAUSE IT WAS SLOW? Like I said previously, it's a movie about a boy and his mother, not action and huge 'SPLOSIUNS. Some of you just don't get it.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    ah yes the modern Spielberg sci-fi output debate


    It's always the same here. lol. Sure I'll beat the dead horse, why not! War of the Worlds, overall it kinda sucked but it was worth the price of admission for the parts that worked. Spielberg on a bad day is still better than most directors out there. I liked Minority Report a lot. Colin Farrel ruled in that movie. A.I. was also entertaining. Looking back on it I don't really feel like revisiting A.I. again, but I saw it twice and it's a nice film. What about Munich? Munich ruled. I support Spielberg %10000 and hope he hits this out of the park. Even if it isn't a masterpiece it will still be a decent flick not worth bitching about.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    This is why I can't stand fanboys...


    ...and never read these talkbacks. Spielberg is one of the most respected and celebrated filmmakers in the history of cinema, yet everyone on these stupid boards treat him as if he's a mixture between Uwe Boll and Michael Bay. Admittedly, while his stock has fallen a little bit due to his involvement with those abysmal Transformers movies (and Crystal Skull, which wasn't terrible, just bland, boring and dull), I can still recognize his cinematic genius (i.e., no one can move a camera or compose a shot like he can...period). Remember, he made Munich before Crystal Skull, and its one of the most beautifully crafted films he's ever made. War of the Worlds is terrific, up until the last 10-15 minutes. The Terminal was mediocre, but Catch Me If You Can was a terrific entertainment, and according to many critics, A.I. (while polarizing) is considered on of the best films of the 2000's. Dogmatic statements like "He hasn't made a good film since Schindler's List" are just lazy and unfair. He's still got the goods, guys. Give him a chance.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    oh cool, spielberg bashing time!

    by Deep Roots

    seriously, list his movies since '93 (supposedly when he "died." Especially his movies, post-2001. In my view, with AI, Minority Report, Munich, and the first hour of War of the Worlds, Catch me If You Can... look these are some of his BEST MOVIES.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST


    by DrRumpledink

    Not sure where you read that the blue fairy was going to be a robot in a dress to fool david, because if you really look into the real facts about A.I. (and i'm talking about the stage Kubrick started talking to Spielberg about directing it) the most up to date script and notes before Kubrick's death had David's quest eventually take him to the drowned city of New York , where he finds a 'Pinocchio booth' at a Coney Island amusement park, which is, along with a Ferris-wheel, located just above the waterline. The scene ends with David seeing the model of the 'Blue Fairy', which he regards with referential wonder. <p>Also, I don't think Kubrick would have depicted the ending as eerie and amnbiguous, because he didn't want to direct the film at all. He said on more than one case - "If I do it, it may be too stark. I may emphasise too much the philosophical side." <p>After reading pretty much everything that has been made public about A.I. and it's pre production (yes Joe was a lot darker and there was more provocative architecture, but it was also the part of the story Kubrick couldn't get to work), Spielberg as director under kubrick's wishes had every right to make slight changes he felt more fitting to the story as a whole. I think he made a very faithful, respectful and honest film Stanley would have been very proud of. It may not work for you and that's fine, but if I may quote Harlan too in finishing - "This will be a repeat of 2001, Some people will hate it. Never mind."

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    re. "A.I."

    by Rocco Curioso

    I think it would have been a much more powerful (and somber) movie had it simply (and slowly) faded to black with David's litany to the Blue Fairy. Some (perhaps many) viewers may have been left feeling hollow, but from a purely aesthetic dramatic standpoint... I think it would have been brilliant.<P>IMO, everything that *did* follow it felt tacked-on, and entirely in keeping with Spielberg's occasional desire to segue into cuddly territory at the end of his movies (i.e., "E.T" and "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind").

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Robopocalypse is, indeed, a gay title.

    by nick_noltes_neckhair

    The book is almost a year away from coming out, I know, and for all we know it's a masterpiece, but still. That title is dumb and off-putting.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST


    by DrRumpledink

    In your IMO what was so cuddy about an ending (which was kubrick's ending, not spielberg's) where his mother is a psychological manipulation created by the Mechas to put an end to what seemed David's never ending and sad journey in a world where the human race has been completely wiped out. What seems candy coated and different in tone to the rest of the film, is just an illusion. He never does become a real boy. I would argue that it's a very dark and sad ending. <p>I'm going to have to pull you up on your example of ET too. You think someone you love leaving forever is cuddly territory? It's one of the saddest endings in cinema's history! <p>The same could be said for Close Encounters. Roy leaves his wife and his family behind not knowing if he will ever see them again in what could be considered a very selfish act on his part so he can zip around the galaxy with aliens. In fact didn't Spielberg say he would not have had Roy go at all and leave his family if he had made the film now? Now that would have been cuddly.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST


    by Rocco Curioso

    Points taken, sir. Perhaps what you (seem to) interpret as poignant, I sweep away as "cuddly". But for someone endowed/cursed with the trait of majority-ruled cynicism... that's how I interpreted it.<P>That said... the sequence immediately following David's tryst with the Blue Fairy, in which he is reanimated by those aliens two THOUSAND years later left me chilled to the bone. Imagine waking up to a world (a frozen wasteland, no less) that had passed two millenia, with everyone and everything you've known GONE, and never coming back. Something about that made my heart sink for a moment.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Sequel to A.I.?

    by supertoyslast

    After all, there is a thousands-of-years-gap in that film during which humanity dies. I'd love to see an army of robot Teddys on the rampage.<p>I'm surprised by the dislike of A.I. and Minority Report. I thought A.I. was near-perfect until the last 20 minutes, which were good in concept but messy in execution. Mainly because it was far too talky with characters *telling* us the plot - a cardinal sin in screenwriting. And Minority Report has Spielberg's bleakest ending, depending on if you take it to be 'real' or not. War Of The Worlds was definitely a disappointment after those two.<p>I have been looking forward to Interstellar, since it seemed to hold some personal interest for Spielberg. I am less interested in Robopocalypse - largely because the title is so camp and suggests action over anything more serious.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 4:43 a.m. CST

    A.I. 'aliens'

    by supertoyslast

    On first viewing, I thought that the creatures at the end were aliens - which immediately made the following 20 minutes seem superfluous and a little ridiculous. Once it was pointed out that they were evolved Mecha, it made complete contextual sense that this was always where the film was heading. 'Once they're gone, all that will be left... is us.' So while the ending is heartbreaking in concept, I find it a shame that it is overwrought in execution.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 4:57 a.m. CST


    by Colonel_Blimp

    They're not aliens, they're super advanced robots, and David is their missing link. It is sort of unfair of you to bash the ending when you get points like that wrong. <p>That ending is probably the bleakest Spielberg has ever done, at least since Sugarland Express. I do think that a lot of Spielberg's endings are a lot more ambiguous than he is given credit for. <br>-Saving private ryan is absolutely *not* saying that everything was worth it and that Ryan has "earned" it just because his wife tells him so at Miller's grave.<br>-The entire ending of Minority Report, from when Cruise is halo'ed is arguably Cruise's dream and his version of a blissfull ending.<br>-Even in WotW, while the ending is admittedly sentimental, the Cruise character has a sort of Ethan Edwards moment at the end. At least that's what I got out of it.<P>I think people have a tendency to wrongly dismiss Spielberg as sentimental because of his back catalogue (especially as executive producer), and fail to notice the subtext. <P>Sorry of some (or all) of this has been said already. Long talkback. :)

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    AI was the best science-fiction movie of the last decade

    by CuervoJones

    Toma ya.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 5:23 a.m. CST


    by Rocco Curioso

    Yes, sorry about that (mistaking advanced Mecha for aliens). I've only seen "A.I." twice (once in the theatre, once on TV), and then not recently. What bugged me about the ending was how they gifted David with that One Perfect Day with his mother... and *that's* how the film wound down. It seemed like he was softening the blow of what preceded it.<P>And yes, he's directed a number of films that had somber endings ("Saving Private Ryan" and "Munich" both leap to mind). Admittedly, the man's sensibilities as a filmmaker have mutated over the years.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Fuck me

    by proevad

    I ALWAYS forget about Munich when discussing Spielberg. Maybe because I only saw it once. Loved it at the time. Time to get the DVD i guess. And speaking of ALWAYS---his worst movie and a bigger turd than 1941.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by Rocco Curioso

    "Always" is Spielberg's S'mores version of "Ghost"... released a year *before* "Ghost", no less. It's a fucking hideous, overwrought mess. I equate it (in terms of mid-career trainwrecks) with Scorcese's "New York, New York". It falls under the realm of "What the fuck were you THINKIN'?" directorial efforts... but, of course, both of them got back on track shortly thereafter.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    War of the Worlds = Underrated "Almost" Masterpiece

    by Mr. Moe

    War of the Worlds had some minor problems with the script, but it was flawlessly directed. With a slightly better script, WotW would have been another Spielberg masterpiece.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    They should start with a better title

    by moviemaniac-7

    This sounds like a Pokemon follow up. But the combi of Whedonverse vet Goddard and Spielberg sounds good to my ears. Now what happened to Interstellar??

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST

    always makes me want to say ROBOCOPalypse

    by brightgeist

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    do we really need another movie...

    by brightgeist

    feeding the idiotic fear of EVIL MACHINES? machines can be used for good or for evil, but the machines themselves are just tools.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    yes we do..because it's a fundamental Sci-Fi theme

    by quantize

    and continues to be a great and ever-more relevant topic. Wake the fuck up.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    The guy did Close Encounters and Jaws...thats enough for me

    by quantize

    much less all the other great work like Munich etc...Ok so the recent stuff aint that incredible, WOW was weak but hell, Cruise aside, those opening scenes are fucking beautifully executed..

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Brain Drain

    by Deep Roots

    Specifically thinking of Minority Report and Munich. Yes. I actually think Munich is up there with Close Encounters and Jaws as his best work. It's a near-perfect film.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Tom Criuse H.G. Wells and

    by Knockers

    It was forgettable. So much cinematic potential and I hardly remember that turkey. He peaked at Duel.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Does Sam Waterston have a role in this? He first warned

    by Coughlins Laws

    us about the "Metal Ones" coming...

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    I agree that the title needs to change.

    by rbatty024

    It sounds like some sort of joke. At first I thought it was a parody of apocalyptic robot films.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    My thoughts on Spielberg are as follows ...

    by JackGraham

    ... I wonder what he looks like without a beard. hhmmmmmm. I wonder if he's good in the sack. hmmmmm. I wonder if he masterbates in his trailer. hmmmmm. I wonder if he is friends with Mel Gibson.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by ragingfluff

    he's got access to the best of the best in terms of craftspeople behind the lens; every actor with half a brain wants to work with him; and when he's truly committed to a project; fully on board and enthusiastic about telling a story, few can touch him. He's got Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron nipping at his heels (in much the same way that "Duel" and "Jaws" era Spielberg was nipping a Hitchcock's heels), and he still relies too much on sentimentalism and a lush John Williams score to cover flaws in his pieces, but when he puts his mind to it, nobody can do a set-piece with the sort of panache he exhibits (I'm thinking of the bit in WOW when he moves in and around the car as they're speeding out of town or the bit in Minority Report where he has the spiders search the apartment building) ... all that being said, I'm just not excited about a robot army movie, unless of course it's Blade Runner II and Ridley Scott's directing it.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    he should cross this with his Abraham Lincoln bio

    by ragingfluff

    Four score and seven Abraham Lincoln clones break out of the lab and head south of the Mason-Dixon to "finish the job once and for all": call it Robrahamalypse

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    It's because Spielberg tried to ape Kubrick...

    by rbatty024

    that A.I. is such an interesting film. It certainly has its flaws (although not as many as its detractors claim), but regardless its a wonderful experiment. It also showed us that Spielberg was not interested in just pushing out the same stuff year after year. He truly is committed to pushing the boundaries of his craft.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    did he really "ape" Kubrick?

    by ragingfluff

    it's my understanding the central premise of the film was Kubrick's, and that he handed it off to Spielberg because he felt Spielberg was better suited to a child-centric story, but all the supposed "Kubrickisms" in the film (tone, darkness, alienating feel) was all Spielberg's own idea. I think half the bullshit that people carp on about AI is because Kubrick was associated with it at one point, and film-snobs rate him higher than Speilberg. If it had been a Spielberg project from the get-go (and seen as such), I doubt it would have received as much flak. And I agree it's an interesting, if flawed film (there's nothing wrong with flaws in art that aims high: "Apocalypse Now" is flawed. "Heavens Gate" is flawed. "Blade Runner" is flawed)

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    and some of Kubrick's films were flawed too

    by ragingfluff

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    unparanoid_android, if you weren't such a dumb pig fucker

    by DrRumpledink

    You would have got it on the first viewing. There was no mistake. If you don't get it on the first viewing, you should on a second. You want it forcefed down your throat like the dirty dumb little swine you are? Bet you sat there after the blue fairy scene thinking "what's this? it's not over? oh. why are there aliens? What are they saying? I'm being such a fucking piggy I'm not even paying attention to the bit where they are pretty much beating me over the head that they are mecha and what they are doing hahaha I'm a pig fucker hahaha oink oink!"

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    If not for Indy 4 I would have said his only

    by UltraTron

    misfire was the airport one. A.I. is flawless and ends with robots outliving humanity and digging us out of the ice to study us. I didn't care for the wirework in minority report but it's alright and the movie gets more relevant each day. So does A.I. So does Worlds.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by DrRumpledink

    Learn to read? I at least got your name right. The mere fact you thought Spielberg was just aping Kubrick means you have no understanding about the subject you are even talking about. If you are going to try and be a film geek know it all, at least know it all! If i'm being honest, I'm not bashing you for not getting the ending. I'm bashing you for being a pig fucker! oink!

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Dear Pig fucker,

    by DrRumpledink

    You are still wrong about Speilberg aping Kubrick. That's the real point. You also got royally trolled in the process, son.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Y'All list Spielberg's shit ans miss THE TERMINAL? Worst of all!

    by planetran_fan

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Kubrick always wanted Spielberg to directed A.I.

    by Mr. Moe

    Kubrick just flirted with the idea of directing it, but in the end asked Spielberg to. Looking at the concept art Kubrick did, I'd say Spielberg was very true to the original vision.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Just saw Minority Report again....

    by ufoclub1977

    It's pretty damn entertaining. I was also watching some of Ponyo... I think these two creative geniuses are the only ones that consistently feature little textural details in such lyrical ways... things that make the environment seem real and give the sets themselves an emotional impact. Spielberg also does these abstract mini narratives with his camera blocking and shot choices. Poetry! It's like the cinematic equivalent of Ray Bradbury's prose style.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    A new movie on a conflict between robots/AI and humanity would be fine, if it weren't rehashing the same type of plot or concept that we've already gotten ad nauseum over the years. The whole "killer robot" thing is really played out.<P>Now, if this were to give us a new angle on possible robot-human relations, then that would be more interesting and worthwhile. Say what you will about something like The Matrix films, but at least those didn't reduce the machines to mere killer robots. There was a more complex and disturbing relationship between the humans and the machines (enslavement/symbiosis/deception). A movie that explores a type of relationship between humans and artificial life that we haven't seen yet would be fine with me. I just can't get really excited about another movie about killer robots.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    That title is fucking stupid.

    by Ironhelix

    They aren't really going to call it that, are they?

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    "Spielberg also does these abstract mini narratives with his camera blocking and shot choices. Poetry! It's like the cinematic equivalent of Ray Bradbury's prose style."<P>I'd love to see Spielberg adapt one of Ray Bradbury's novels or short stories. The idea of that just seems, right I guess.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Why do I not want a Robocop remake..?

    by workshed

    Even with Aronofsky at the helm I wasn't interested because the script could never be as good as the original. Schpeelberg... make a good ol' western ferfucksake. We've not had a great one since Open Range.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by ragingfluff

    "A movie that explores a type of relationship between humans and artificial life that we haven't seen yet would be fine with me. " Agreed: Metropolis. 2001. Silent Running. Blade Runner. AI. The first Matrix. If Spielberg wants to make a robot flick as good and as complex as those (without repeating AI), I'm in.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Indy5 + Interstellar Please!!

    by genrefanboy

    Steven these are the only movies you have in development along with the When Worlds Collide remake which most of your fans want. The rest will receive the same $$$ reception as The Teminal! Whoever advises SS needs the sack as he is clearly not getting good advice nowadays! Most of the big Hollywood studios refuse to work with SS anymore as he demands too much back end & his recent films (apart from Indy4 & Jurassic Park1) have all been break even or small profits at best. That's the real reason why SS had to take Indian money. No-one else was offering the deal SS demands.........

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Everyone will have trouble pronouncing this

    by Timothy_Olyphants_Oliphaunt

    Ro-Bop-a-Popsicle?<p> Robocalypto?<p> Rob a Crab Apple?

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Drrumpledink is right. Kubrick and Spielberg worked on this thing for years. He wasn't aping anyone. In fact it's more a spielberg movie in tone than it is a kubrick one, hence why Kubrick asked him to direct it. The whole history is out there to read if you can be bothered. Instead of being sucked into being trolled (gotta admit, he got you good hehe) you should be doing more research so you know what you are talking about before making such silly and flippant statements, bud.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by maxwello

    "A story about humans evolving into machines over a couple of centuries to a thousand years would be very interesting instead. Has that even been done yet in sci-fi literature, let alone sci-fi cinema? " I think you'll find that AI is a treatment of this exact concept. The fact that human fertility was declining was explicitly mentioned. The whole movie was about humans (some more consciously than others) engineering the race that would supplant them. That's why the lead robot was a child. The Sam Neil character gave the mecha the ability to experience the best of what makes us human: love and curiosity. The boy represents an intermediate step to the continuity of the human legacy, where, for good or not, his well-being is made dependent on the predecessor race, ensuring that an appreciation for what we tried to accomplish would continues once humans were gone. Pretty heady stuff, modelling how humanity's "survival" need not be dependent on the survival of our genotype.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    wow you really have a bug up your ass, don't you...pig fucker

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    "We've not had a great one [a Western] since Open Range."

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    Really? For me, 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' was on the best films of the last decade. 'Apaloosa' was a decent little film. A Spielberg Western would be nice, but I'd love to see a Ridley Scott one!

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    The scene in A.I. where the boy gets left

    by ufoclub1977

    behind by his mother is one of those sort of emotion "porn" scenes similar to when the sisters get separated by "Mister" in The Color Purple.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Withholding judgment

    by gun_will_travel

    because Spielberg is SO hit & miss. But I really doubt this will bring any new ideas. After Blade Runner, BSG, I Robt, even his own A.I., he's really going to have to dig deep to find some fresh material. He sure didn't do it with Indy 4.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    paranoid android

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    You must be new. Relax! I just agree with what the dude said. don't be so paranoid, android.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Minority Report is fucking awesome.

    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

    What is wrong with some of you people?

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Speilbergs films used to be movie magic

    by MandrakeRoot

    Even Minority Report had some great moments. Unfortunately nothing to the level he used to create - Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Jaws, etc. The problem with blockbusters today is they feel soulless, lowbrow, and mechanical. They lack the magic that blockbusters need. Even good blockbusters like TDK (good yet massively overrated) lack that true magic that old films like Superman and even Burtons first Batman. Avatar is one of the few recent films have to genuine cinematic wonder...I really hope more filmmakers follow Camerons lead. We need more of the good old-fashioned blockbusters.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 1:17 a.m. CST


    by Rocco Curioso

    "The Dark Knight" I found to be a perfect hybrid of Comic Book Adaptation and Greek Tragedy. IMO it will only grow in stature over time. "Avatar", on the other hand, was simmering with unadulterated brilliance right up to the scene where Home Tree was incinerated. *That* was the demarcation point point, and everything that followed it was strictly deus ex machina nonsense.<P>However, I do agree that far too many of today's "event movies" (what we used to call blockbusters) are style over substance. "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" ushered in that particular downswing, and I long for the day when it's (hopefully) reversed.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by lukestarkiller

    Still shitting on poor JJ 2 years after the Megahit Reboot that was Star Trek? Get. A. Life. Loser. I hear Trek 2 is gonna make Wrath of Khan non existent!! Hopefully that will drive all you DrekLoserPurist mouthbreathers to mass suicide and the rest of us can happily move on without your ridiculous whining... We can only live in hope...

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Hassel Unleashed on youtube

    by HasselFree

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I Robot anyone???????????

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    If Will Smith is cast, then we know this is bogus right??????

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    Back in 1977 or so, Ray Bradbury declared Close Encounters to be his favorite film of all time.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by wtriker1701

    And Verhoeven must be the director!

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    There's a world of ideas out there...

    by CountryBoy

    ... and Speilberg makes this? He could go the rest of his career making only cool, unheard-of projects, pushing the boundries of what movies can be about; and he makes "ROBOTS TAKE OVER THE WORLD!"?<p>Sigh...

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by pr0g2west

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by pr0g2west

    Idiots who say A.I. is bad. The movie is great...Probably Spielberg's best film of the decade, beside Munich. Except Spielberg wrote the screen play for A.I. and it was brilliant, so I think you people should give him a little more credit on that end. Or go ahead and write and direct a science fiction film of your own, because its such an easy thing to do! Gimme a break, you fanboy nerds. Have you no emotion?

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    I didn't like A.I.

    by jameskpolk

    And here's why. The "i wanna be a real boy" Pinnochio theme was so bluntly shoved down my throat that I couldn't make myself care. And the "distant future" epilogue thing was kind of lame.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    I'll take Spielberg's body of work over Kubrick's any

    by Coughlins Laws

    day of the week. Alot of Kubrick's movies, now, are clearly outdated and overrated. I challenge you to watch 2001 or Barry Lyndon and not be bored off your ass...

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    @jarjarmessiah - Orlando Bloom as Toki Wartooth?

    by Det. John Kimble

    Metalocalypse: The Movie... let's make this happen.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws, I took your challenge

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    and found Barry Lyndon to still be a fucking incredible piece of work. "I'm not sorry. And I'll not apologize. And I'd as soon go to Dublin as to hell." Brilliant! My favourite Kubrick film. I'm not even going to try and explain to you why 2001 is far from overrated. As a fan of film (if you are one) and Spielberg, you should already know! To even disregard 2001 in that way shows a complete lack of understanding of past, present and what will be future sci-fi cinema. <p>Most of you lot are just merely internet sociopathic pieces of shit that think anything you don't like or understand has no mermit in this world. Your world where Kubrick is outdated, overrated and boring must be a very dull place to live, man.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST

    AI and Minority Report

    by Kaitain

    Both beautiful-looking, but weakly-plotted movies. <p> Minority Report in particular is a fucking mess logically. Burgess's plan is completely unworkable.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST


    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Now explain why

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    As for AI

    by Kaitain

    The scene of the kid trying to eat human food and sparking its innards was so some hokey old 1950s idea of what robots would be like. I'm surprised Haley Joel Osmont didn't try to drink oil and eat nuts and bolts later on in the movie.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST


    by Kaitain

    Because a causal loop can only be designed from outside a system, not from inside it. God could have generated that loop. Burgess could not have. The precog prediction of Anderton as a murderer would never have appeared when Burgess made his plans. Nothing would have happened at all.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:20 a.m. CST


    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    You missed the point of the scene. It's there to not only show david now at competition for the love of his mother with his "brother" but is also a classic display of Uncanny Valley.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    A.I ^

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Kaitain re Burgess

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Would have been a pretty short movie then :)

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Minority Report movie vs short story

    by Kaitain

    It's a long time since I read Dick's short story, but I do seem to recall that it was coherent and consistent in a way that Spielberg's movie was not. "The Minority Report" ends up being about first, second and third order predictions (in the case of Anderton).

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:31 a.m. CST

    The point of the scene

    by Kaitain

    Look, you could have a scene in a movie about a modern car that was designed to play a particular role in the narrative. But if the car ran on coal and had to be preceded around town by a flagman wearing a top hat, I would disengage from the movie, because it would feel ridiculous. <p> Spielberg's "AI" is a ridiculous, cartoon conception of mechanized intelligence.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:40 a.m. CST

    But, dude

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    It's Science FICTION. Your example of the car would indeed be ridiculous (although I'm sold! I'd watch that movie heh) but people have more than a basic understanding of cars. Nobody knows the inner workings of a robot boy would be like...yet. Yours is a pedantic observation which needs only the slightest suspension of disbelief. Every Sci-fi movie ever made must drive your nuts, man.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    and it's a fucking cool scene

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    with an amazing fx pay off when his face breaks

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    android uprising?

    by MamboMan

    it will be a battle between Androids, iPhones and Blackberries... FIGHT!!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST


    by MandrakeRoot

    Not sure how anything in Avatar was deux ex machina. I know some people have complained about the interference of Eywa as being such, but it's telegraphed very clearly throughout the whole entire film. Jake Sullys life is only spared because of Eywa and the signs it gave particularly the seed of life falling on Neytiris arrow as she is about to shoot. The Tree of Souls makes very clear the Na'vi have a direct line to nature, and beyond that Sigourneys character brings it up many times, and her death and subsequent merging in the Tree also was a big factor in the battle. Jake asks Eywa for help knowing they have no chance, and Neytiri informs him that it doesn't work that way, it just keeps things in balance. The humans already destroyed Home Tree and were doing significant damage when Eywa finally "kicks into action", so to speak, and helps the planet overcome the human destruction, effectively keeping things in balance. <p> I could see if the notion came out of left field how it would be a cheat, but the idea is established very early in the film and consistently built upon until the conclusion. Perhaps you disliked the way it played out, but that does not make it a deux ex machina. <p And for the record, I found the final battle to be wonderfully done, and I really can't think of an action finale that's been done anywhere near as in recent years, the last probably being LOTR. The final battle particularly - starting from when Quaritch jumps from the ship as it explodes - was tense and exhilarating. After *SPOILER* gutting the Thanator (badass) both Jake and Quaritchs' "avatar" going head to head, while Quaritch is also smashing through lab windows where Jakes human body lies, was brilliant. What a great concept, and great execution. It was movie magic - at least for me.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST


    by JDanielP

    That's all I got.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    You know, I like that food eating scene in AI too.

    by Orbots Commander

    It doesn't make sense as far as robot tech MAY work out down the road, but that's besides the point; it works emotionally and as good fiction, which is its main responsibility.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    It's just basic common sense

    by Kaitain

    The engineering firm responsible must be utter buffoons. If Haley can't handle food down his throat, it suggests he could also not handle opening his mouth outside when it's raining, or talking when a fly is buzzing around, in case it flew in and short-circuited his innards. It's fucking ridiculous.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    "It's Science FICTION."

    by Kaitain

    Yeah, science fiction that does not build upon any principles of logic or engineering. Lazy science fiction. BAD science fiction.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Kubrick's "faux"-profundity?

    by SK229

    I won't even scroll up to see who made that remark, but the only thing 'faux' is your understanding of his work. Just because you're not getting the profound aspects of his films doesn't mean they're not there. Critics often do this, where they dismiss a movie based upon what they expected and didn't get out of a movie and then blame it on the movie, rather than their own limited understanding or narrow viewpoint. <p>And regarding A.I.'s ending, that is about as bleak and sad as I could imagine it being. They gave him what he wanted but there's a subtle irony to that and the feeling that he absolutely must be shut down or 'die' for some reason known only to the more advanced a.i. That's how I took all the lights going out at the end. Then there's the fact that some of his interactions with the mother are downright creepy... and very Oedipal.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    The second renaissance

    by Gluecifer

    Like it or not, The second renaissance is the best film ever made about "robots uprising".