A Field Guide to 5 Potential Steven Spielberg Projects

After a near-miss with an ill-conceived Harvey remake (whew!), the contenders for Steven Spielberg's first post-Tintin project have narrowed to a shortlist of five, reports the tireless Mike Fleming at Deadline. Read on for a handy illustrated field guide to help tell apart your Gershwins from your Lincolns, and your War Horses from your robo-soldiers.




Based on the still-unfinished novel by Portland-based sci-fi writer and robots expert Daniel H. Wilson, author of such tongue-in-cheek field manuals as How to Survive a Robot Uprising and How to Build a Robot Army, Robopocalypse is an epic tale of human survival following a robot uprising.


Acquired by DreamWorks in November, Deadline reports it's now moved to the head of the pack.

Spielberg Genetic Makeup

10% A.I.

32% War of the Worlds

28% Minority Report

27% Jurassic Park

3% Schindler's List


It's called Robopocalypse. Just make this thing already.

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  • CiscoMan says:

    I'd go for Robopocalypse or War Horse. However, I feel like Robopocalypse could single-handedly reignite the old "(insert movie title) 2: Electric Boogaloo" joke, so I cross my fingers for War Horse.

  • The Winchester says:

    "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"
    The only surefire way to make that a hit is if the vampire being hunted sparkles.

  • Kadabr says:

    It's columns like this one that make me wish every internet "reporter" had an old media type editor and, you know, was actually a professional. Shallow analysis, too much personal (and very glib) commentary, very little true insight. Also: dubious sources. Give me someone better than Finke. (And where's Pirate Latitudes, Interstellar or even Chocky?)
    And I love how among all of the projects Spielberg is involved with both as a director and producer as well as creative consultant, you guys still try to make him sound lazy and indecisive. Tintin alone is a huge project and Steven still has a company to run and projects to greenlight/deliver.
    More importantly: Harvey adaptation (you may be judgmental and lazy but it still wasn't a remake) would have been (will be?) awesome. In my book. you have no validity to saying otherwise nor are you in a position. Keep lame jokes, I'd go see a project like Harvey on the opening date. Hoping for more Indy and Interstellar above all. Lincoln and Gershwin can come next.
    And, while I'm on the subject: It is Spielberg who MUST be doing "The Foundation". Not Emerich, whose version I will straight up ignore. And if Spielberg wants Robots - any of Asimov's other books.
    Online journalism is so immature by default because everyone can do it. Sorry to be critical nor is it all directed to this author but it's true.

  • Dimo says:

    I'll see any of these movies as long as David Koepp is nowhere near them.

  • Dan says:

    This sounds like Spielberg is trying to do a comedy. Eeww. Nothing good can come from this. Dare I bring up 1941?

  • OK nice to see- interesting comments are always helpful! Blessings.

  • C. R. Strautman says:

    ...you want robots, how about getting SS to do the "Forbidden Planet" remake, Dreamworks has the rights, and Cameron is bowing out.