SAO PAULO, BRASIL - JULY 11: Director Michael Bay attends the "Transformers: The Last Knight" Latin America press junket at Hotel Unique on July 11, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Michael Bay to Direct Robopocalypse, Spielberg to Produce

According to Variety, superstar filmmaker Michael Bay (Bad Boys, Transformers franchise) has set his sights on directing a big screen version of Daniel H. Wilson’s 2011 science fiction novel Robopocalypse. He will also direct a mysterious action project titled 6 Underground, written by Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to shoot this summer.

On Robopocalypse, Bay will be following in the footsteps of his Transformers producer Steven Spielberg, who attempted to mount the film as his own directorial effort in 2013 with a cast that included Anne Hathaway, Chris Hemsworth and Ben Whishaw. Spielberg put the project on indefinite hold shortly before production, citing script and cost issues. Drew Goddard had penned the previous draft, though the article doesn’t note if they will be working from the material he developed with Spielberg for a year or are starting from scratch. Spielberg will serve as a producer on the project.

The book, released in 2011, is officially described as follows: Not far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike—yet massively powerful—artificial intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour—the moment the robots attack—the human race is almost annihilated, but as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back. This is the oral history of that conflict, told by an international cast of survivors who experienced this long and bloody confrontation with the machines.

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