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DreamWorks Studios announced today that Tom Rothman will produce the Steven Spielberg-directed Robopocalypse (check out the press release below). The Hollywood Reporter added that Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) is in talks to join the not-yet-confirmed Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World, Marvel's The Avengers) in the big screen adaptation.

Tom Rothman will come on board to produce the science fiction epic, ?Robopocalypse,? it was announced today by Stacey Snider, Partner and Co-Chairman of DreamWorks Studios. Steven Spielberg is set to also produce and direct the DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox co-production.

The film will begin principal photography in early 2013 and will be released on April 25, 2014 day and date worldwide. The Walt Disney Studio?s Touchstone Pictures will distribute the film domestically via its Touchstone Pictures with Twentieth Century Fox handling international distribution.

Exploring the fate of the human race following a robot uprising, ?Robopocalypse? has been adapted for the screen by Drew Goddard, based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson. DreamWorks acquired the rights to Wilson?s unpublished manuscript in November 2009. Published by Doubleday on June 8, 2011, the book soon appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Said Steven Spielberg, ?When someone like Tom is a free agent, you snatch him up fast. He has proven himself to be a necessity of this industry. At Fox he had already been an enthusiastic partner on ?Robopocalypse,? and it is to our advantage that he would come produce this film with me. Tom has been a wonderful friend and colleague over the years and DreamWorks is incredibly lucky to have him on board.?

Said Tom Rothman, ?If you are in politics, you dream of a call from the White House, in baseball, from the Yankees, in movies, from Steven Spielberg. ?Robopocalypse? is the kind of important epic entertainment, a big movie with big ideas, that Steven does better than any filmmaker on earth. I am honored beyond measure that he asked for my help on it and fired up to do whatever I can for him, Stacey, the outstanding DreamWorks team, and all of my friends at Fox. I enjoyed the idea of being unemployed for a week, but this will be way more fun.?

Said Stacey Snider, ?Tom was a fantastic studio chairman and his impeccable taste and passion for films will serve Steven, DreamWorks and this film well.?

Tom Rothman recently resigned after 18 years at Twentieth Century Fox, the last 12 as Chairman and CEO. His transition will take place over the remainder of the year. Fox films made during his tenure earned over $30 billion at the worldwide box office, were nominated for over 100 Academy Awards, and won three Best Picture Oscars.

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=95168

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I got stuck on the title. Alright, fine. I'm still stuck on the title. Robopocalypse? For some reason I'm having a hard time pronouncing that, it doesn't exactly flow off the tongue...

EDIT: Ah, I think I've got it. For some reason I kept want to pronounce it as "robop-ocalypse" instead of "robo-pocalypse."

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Man that side by side pic is freaky, she may already be one....even so she can still get them out if you get me.

This sounds like irobot meets I am legend

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I'm looking forward to this. The book was bloody amazing.

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Spielberg and Disney ruin everything they touch these days.

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I'm looking forward to this. The book was bloody amazing.

Yeah the book was pretty damn good. One of the few books I've read recently that didn't disappoint. Not sure how well it'll translate into a movie however, simply because we've seen robot uprisings in movies every other month for the past 30 years or so :D

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Anne Hathaway Joins Robopocalypse

Still early in its casting process, Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse now officially has a lead actress in the shape of Anne Hathaway. Recently linked with the blockbuster - now firmly in pre-production even as Spielberg attends to his Lincoln publicity duties - Hathaway has officially confirmed her involvement in the movie.

"If Robopocalypse happens I will be in it," she tells Empire, "and I believe it?s quite real, though you never want to hang your hat on anything."

Keeping mum on her character ("I'm back in Secretville"), Hathaway elaborated on the allure of the project. "Whenever I?m taking time off, I always joke to my team that I?m on vacation unless Steven Spielberg calls. And I was on vacation and Spielberg called. So I was like, ?OK, put my money where my mouth is?."

If you're familiar with Daniel H. Wilson's sci-fi novel, you'll know that there's only two substantial female characters on the page - a US senator and a grunt - although it's thought that Drew Goddard's script will deviate significantly from the source material. What we do know if that when humanity wakes up to a robot revolution orchestrated by a malevolent artificial intelligence known as 'Archos', things turn War Of The Worlds very quickly indeed.

Hathaway joins humanity's last hope against the robotic overlords alongside Ben Whishaw and possibly Chris Hemsworth, a trifecta that could, all being well, boast Q, Thor and Catwoman. Hey, it's not Arnie, but it's a start.

Robopocalypse is scheduled for an early 2013 start.

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I like Anne. With hopefully Chris Hemsworth this might end up worth watching after all.

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