Earlier this year, Chris Hemsworth battled nightmare monsters, then faced off against the Hulk and his on-screen brother Tom Hiddleston… now, it looks like his next foe will be robots. According to Deadline, director Steven Spielberg really wants the hulking Aussie to star in the film adaptation of the speculative-fiction novel Robopocalypse. There’s been no official offer yet, but after meeting with Hemsworth, Spielberg is committed to bringing him on the project. Nikki Finke reports that there have been secretive meetings and fake names thrown around to keep everyone off the trail of what could be an awesome partnership leading to 2014′s big popcorn movie.
Sweetening the deal is that Drew Goddard is adapting the script—he co-wrote the script for The Cabin in the Woods, Hemsworth’s first big movie role even though it got released after we were introduced to him in Thor. You would imagine that those two would be eager to work together again.
So, what is this movie about? The novel concerns a world where we’ve grown reliant on robots to do everything for us, but when a scientist accidentally unleashes an AI called Archos, it decides to stop Earth’s destruction by curtailing us selfish humans. Hopefully the movie will follow the book in being structured as an oral history — you know, like World War Z was before the studio fucked it up — with Hemsworth as the guy collecting data or maybe the main man who fights off the ‘bots.
At one point, Spielberg described his excitement for this project as such:
It’s a movie about a global war between man and machine. I had a great time creating the future on Minority Report, and it’s a future that is coming true faster than any of us thought it would. Robopocalypse takes place in 15 or 20 years, so it’ll be another future we can relate to. It’s about the consequences of creating technologies which make our lives easier, and what happens when that technology becomes smarter than we are. It’s not the newest theme, it’s been done throughout science fiction, but it’s a theme that becomes more relevant every year.
Of course, Hemsworth is currently busy with Thor 2, The Avengers 2 (fingers crossed!), and the Moby Dick-esque drama In the Heart of the Sea. So even if he wanted to do Robopocalypse, there’s no guarantee that he’d be able to start shooting soon — you imagine they need time for all the special effects and CGI — for a 2014 release. But the more Hemsworth movies there are in a given year, the happier we are!
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