A few years ago, 20th Century Fox released a cinematic adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot. The film, which starred Will Smith, went on to make over $320 million in the global box office. With that in mind, it’s almost surprising that it’s taken Fox seven years to go back to the Asimov well – but that’s where they’re headed now, with an announcement that the studio is moving ahead with an adaptation of the scribe’s novel The Caves of Steel.
Based on the author’s 1954 novel, the film is set 1,000 years in the future. Earth is over-populated, and everyone has robot-phobia and lives in these giant metal complexes (hence the title) to deal with the lack of space. Robots are banned on the planet, but are still used for doing menial tasks on the outlying “spacer worlds” where the fabulously wealthy have gone to escape the overcrowding back on the home planet. When a Spacer Ambassador – one trying to convince Earth to loosen it’s anti-robot regulations – is found dead, a human detective and a cyborg assistant team up to solve the case. Sounds a bit like I, Robot.
Henry Hobson has been assigned the directorial duties on the feature, which will utilize a screenplay from John Scott 3. The film will mark Hobson’s directorial debut. The Caves of Steel is set up at Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films production company. The imprint is currently hard at work on Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, which would seemingly indicate that a sci-fi property like The Caves of Steel is in good hands. Expect more news on this one in the weeks ahead.