Michael Bay has his next projects all lined up, and they sound pretty exciting. Way back in January 2013, director Steven Spielberg put his adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's novel Robopocalypse on "indefinite hold," and now, more than five years later, it's coming back to life. A new report reveals that Robopocalypse will be one of director Michael Bay's next two movies, with the other being 6 Underground, which is eyeing a 2019 production start date. There is no indication as to when Robopocalypse will start filming, but Michael Bay is reportedly in talks to take over the directorial reins from Steven Spielberg.
We first reported on Robopocalypse way back in September 2010, when Steven Spielberg was circling this project to direct, working from an adapted screenplay by Drew Goddard, based on the Daniel H. Wilson novel of the same name. The director was confirmed to direct a month later, and it was revealed in November 2011 that it would be Spielberg's next project. In 2012, Chris Hemsworth was being eyed to star along with Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw. Disney's Touchstone Pictures even set an April 25, 2014 release date for Robopocalypse, but production never got started.
When the indefinite delay was announced in January 2013, Spielberg's spokesperson revealed that Robopocalylpse was indefinitely delayed for a number of reasons, one of which being that the adapted screenplay by Drew Goddard wasn't ready yet and that it was currently "too expensive to produce." Shortly after that announcement, Spielberg himself proclaimed that the movie was not dead. Aside from storyboards released in December 2013, and an interview with Daniel H. Wilson in 2014, where he claimed the movie is still happening, we haven't heard anything about this project, until now.
This new report reveals that Michael Bay is in talks to take over the directorial duties from Steven Spielberg, while also noting that, more than a decade ago, it was Steven Spielberg who hand-picked Michael Bay to direct the first Transformers movie, which spawned the hit franchise that Spielberg served as executive producer on. There is no indication as to when production may begin at this time. The novel is set in a world where humanity has come to depend on robotics and artificial intelligence, until one day when the robots rise up against us, killing most of humanity and leaving those who remain to fight and take back the planet.
As for the other project, Six Underground, no plot details were given either, although it comes from an original idea from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool) who will write the script. The writers will also serve as executive producers, with Michael Bay producing alongside Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger. Spielberg has his highly-anticipated Ready Player One hitting theaters at the end of this month, and he's also coming off the critically-acclaimed drama The Post. He is also attached to direct West Side Story and The Kidnapping of Edgar Mortara, although there is no indication as to which project he'll direct next. He also has the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 sequel slated for 2020, which he is attached to direct. Michael Bay most recently directed Transformers: The Last Knight, and he is also producing A Quiet Place, The First Purge and Bumblebee later this year. Deadline broke the news on Robopocalypse earlier today.