A few years ago, Steven Spielberg was all set to adapt Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse. Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were all lined up to star, Drew Goddard was hammering out the script, and Dreamworks was ready to pull the trigger...until Spielberg opted out of the deal. At the time, the indefinite postponement was blamed on a combination of factors (namely: a script that just wasn't ready versus a sprawling production budget), and for all intents and purposes the project seemed dead.
But in a recent interview with Creative Screenwriting, Goddard makes it sound like Robopocalypse might not be as dead as we assumed it to be. Here's the relevant quote:
You know going in with screenwriting that it’s a volatile business and you have to take the long view rather than the short view. There are so many times when projects don’t go at a certain release date but find a better home later. It’s all about timing. You never want a movie to get made when it’s the wrong time, and these things have a way of working themselves out.
Goddard stops short of mentioning whether or not any further work was put into the Robopocalypse script after the project was postponed in 2013, but he does seem pretty zen about the chances of Spielberg circling back around to the project, doesn't he?
As of this writing, Spielberg has his hands full with a number of other projects, including The BFG (currently in post-production), an adaptation of Ernie Cline's Ready Player One, It's What I Do (a biopic about wartime photographer Lynsey Addario, which would star Jennifer Lawrence), and of course there's always the looming threat of another Indiana Jones.
Personally, I find it unlikely that Robopocalypse is ever gonna happen, but I also like Drew Goddard and don't want to shit all over his optimism, so let's just keep our fingers crossed for him.