October 22, 2010 / 9:33 PM / 9 years ago

Steven Spielberg to direct "Robopocalypse"

Director Steven Spielberg and his wife actress Kate Capshaw arrive at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Richard Clement

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Steven Spielberg has lazered in on the project he will direct after he completes his World War I drama “War Horse”: an adaptation of post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel “Robopocalypse.”

DreamWorks and Disney, which releases DreamWorks’ movies, said Friday that production will begin in January 2012 for a release the following year through Disney’s Touchstone label. “War Horse” will open December 28, 2011.

It was almost a year ago that DreamWorks picked up the book by Wilson, who has a Ph.D. in robotics, and who has made a name for himself writing robot-centered doomsday scenarios (his “How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion” is set up at Paramount). The book will be published next year.

“Robopocalypse” was on the list of projects Spielberg was considering earlier this year before he ultimately buckled down and chose “War Horse” in the summer. What got the notoriously choosy Spielberg excited about “Robopocalypse” was the script by “Cloverfield” writer Drew Goddard; Goddard’s latest draft began making waves when it was submitted to the studio in September.

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