Over a year ago Steven Spielberg was attached to direct Robopocalypse, an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's poorly written (it tries, but fails, to imitate Max Brooks' World War Z) but awesomely conceived novel about mankind's epic battle against an artificial intelligence that unifies all of the robots across the planet. Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Cabin in the Woods) was given writing duties on the film and then...nada. It became just one of many Spielberg-attached projects waiting in the wings.
Now Deadline has brought it back into the spotlight with news of a financing deal and release date. Head over there for the full details, but the nitty gritty of it is that Robopocalypse now has a July 4, 2013 release date as well as financial backing split between DreamWorks and Fox.
And speaking of release dates for high profile sci-fi films, M. Night Shyamalan's next film, One Thousand A.E., will hit theaters a few weeks earlier on June 7, 2013. In typical Shyamalan fashion, of course, we don't know much about the project at this point except that The Last Airbender apparently didn't offend one of Hollywood's biggest stars as much as it did the rest of us: Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith are both set to star in the film, whose vague plot involves a father and son who crash land on another planet.