Steven Spielbergs Robopocalypse postponed indefinitely

Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse has been shelved ‘for an indefinite time’, according to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) .

The sci-fi epic was tentatively scheduled for a 2014 release, and had Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw attached to star.

Martin Levy, Spielberg’s spokesman, called the project “too important, and the script is not ready, and it’s too expensive to produce. It’s back to the drawing board to see what’s possible.”

It’s not clear what Spielberg’s next project will be, but the director is currently riding on a high, with Lincoln the front-runner for awards success. The presidential biopic leads the 2013 Bafta nominations with 10 nods, and is expected to be equally celebrated in the Oscar nominations which are announced today.

While we’d never turn down the opportunity to see a huge-scale actioner directed by Steven Spielberg, we’ve always been a bit put off by that virtually unsayable title.

Whatever Spielberg does next - historical biopic, grand-scale adventure, documentary on potato farming - you can guarantee we’ll be at the front of the queue. Heck, even his re-releases ( Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D! ) are more exciting than your average multiplex fodder.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.