20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to Isaac Asimov's futuristic novel The Caves of Steel, which was first published in 1954.

Henry Hobson has been tapped to direct, while John Scott 3 will write the screenplay adaptation. The story is set 1,000 years in the future, where humans have grown increasingly more paranoid of robots, who perform laborious tasks on outer planets known as "spacers." A "spacer" ambassador, who is trying to loosen Earth's restrictions on robots, is murdered, which forces a detective to pair up with a robot disguised as a human to solve the crime.

Both Henry Hobson and John Scott 3 are in pre-production on their genre project Maggie, which follows a 16-year-old girl who continues to live with her family even after she is infected and turned into a zombie.

No production schedule was given for The Caves of Steel.