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yay! so lincoln is already shot. (sorry for the pun). Williams will live to score this one :)

i hope.

ANd robopocalipse this sonn also, great.

The wait for tintin 2 will be shorter...

Yep, as directed by PJ. Wonder if he'll keep JW.

Or if indeed JW will agree to score a movie that isn't directed by Speilberg.

well, he scored geisha after SPielberg left. and i think spielberg is as committed (or even more) to tintin as he was with geisha.

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i just mean that if spielberg is super involved in tintin 2, and williams knows he is doing 3, (and probably last tintin film) he would chose to remain and score the complete trilogy.

Unless he retires after Robopocalypse.

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My grandfather's aunt is 99 and she's still going strong. And Williams seems quite healthy!

Looks like Robopocalypse is next.

That was confirmed months ago. The actual news is that he's in the middle of the editing of Lincoln.

With Spielberg, I need a couple of confirmations before I believe that's what he's really doing next. :P

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mmm

williams will score lincoln this year ,and robopocalypse earlier next year or latter this year. he has plenty of 2013 to do tintin. specially since now he knows that probably he will have to rewrite alot of material (like in unicorn) he may decide to record all the music later than it was with the 1st one.

And spielberg has done two movies in 2011, two movies in 2012. 2013 will be his regular sabbatical. Or me may do just one film, and 2014 his dry year, meaning williams will have plenty of time to write the only film in his schedule...

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Spielberg doesn't have two movies coming out in 2012. He has Lincoln coming out in December 2012 and Robopacalypse coming out in July 2013 and that's it.

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Spielberg doesn't have two movies coming out in 2012. He has Lincoln coming out in December 2012 and Robopacalypse coming out in July 2013 and that's it.

he has recently shot lincoln and will shot robo later this year. i meant that.

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Ah gotcha. Seems weird he won't be shooting a special effects heavy piece like Robopacalypse until September 2012 when it's due in theaters in July 2013. Maybe a lot of the special effects work can be started now before principal photography or something.

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I've read the novel (just as I read "Jurassic Park" after I heard Spielberg

would do a movie adaptation, back in 1991).

It starts with a bang and the machines act - which was very refreshing -

very QUICKLY against mankind. The revolution part is the best part of it,

and Wilson brings a lot of knowledge & state of the art concepts of

robotics to the table which another writer might be not familiar with.

What's really bad about the novel is the second part, when the counter-

revolution takes place and mankind fights back. It reads like a 16-year-

old trying to re-write "The Stand". Characters are clicheed until it's not

even fun anymore, dialogue is completely forgettable. The actions and

the plot are as well.

Even the Colossus books from the late 60s and early 70s had more

interesting plots and some kind of suspense - although they were pulp.

The mankind Wilson describes is so incredibly boring that you can't

help it and root for the robots. But as you read on, you are also losing

interest in them, because nothing is told that you wouldn't have imagined

yourself when thinking about revolting robots for an afternoon or two.

As a basis for research and kinda stone pit for possible ideas, the book

could be a cool source. As a piece of narrative literature, I wouldn't borrow

a single page from it. It would have to be written from scratch.

Something inside me wants to see a young Spielberg back in action who's

transcending this kind of poor material with genius direction, photography,

editing, actors and score - like he did in "Jaws" on the basis of Benchley's

not-so-great novel. Something wants me to see John Williams producing

another classic suspense score for "Robocalypse", maybe something like

"Jaws" or "Black Sunday".

But I can't get over what happened to Spielberg's filmmaking in the past

14 years. What we will get with "Robocalypse" is just another expensive

pseudo-blockbuster, a director who gives in to his weakest impulses and

with a virtually defunct instinct for amazing storytelling. Sloppily conceived

and filmed action scenes due to rushed filming schedules, shoddy editing,

confused and disoriented actors, and 30 minutes of interesting score by

JW, that get completely overshadowed by the remaining 70 minutes of

wallpaper music - because the maestro's main job is to somehow adapt to

the rest of this filmmaking mess.

Looking back, 12-15 years ago, DreamWorks was one of the coolest

places in Hollywood for interesting screenplays and story development,

and created some high calibre Spielberg productions.

Today, they are releasing action fare like "Eagle Eye", "I am Number 4"

and countless other disfunct blockbusters, like a once cool car factory

producing faulty goods on an assembly line gone haywire (because

its central computer seems to have a virus).

Perhaps George Lucas sets a new trend. Steven Spielberg should

seriously consider to retire. Quentin Tarantino, give it a thought, too!

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who knows, SS is not know for overly long shoots, he is one of the most efficient directors out there.

I just looked at comingsoon.net the film is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on 07-03-13. So I'd figure John will record the score in February or early March of next year.

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I am really interested in and looking forward to Robopocalypse.

I love Spielberg's science fiction and film noir side. Minority Report was his best movie of the 2000s and i also enjoyed it more than WH and Tintin. For me Robopocalypse has the potential to become the next Minority Report.

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I thought he had Jonathan Nolan to write a script.

Originally, yes. Nolan was supposed to write and Spielberg to direct, but...

Towards the end of the night I got to speak with Jonathan Nolan. While we spoke a lot about his hit CBS show Person of Interest, I asked about the status of his sci-fi movie Interstellar. He said he’s still developing it and hopes to be behind the camera soon.

http://collider.com/dark-knight-rises-imax-prologue-recap/131457/

Christian @ December 9th, 2011 3:03 am

QUESTION FOR STEVE – About your conversation with Jonathan Nolan: Did he say who will be directing Intersteller? From your article it sounds like he’ll directed it himself? Steven Spielberg was once rumored to be involved…

Reply News Hit @ December 9th, 2011 4:11 am

Spielberg was involved, but the project was screwed over by the increasingly fraught relationship between Dreamworks and Paramount. Spielberg wanted to do it, but the Paramount rejected the idea, according to Nicole LaPorte’s ‘DreamWorks: The Men Who Would Be King.’

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816692/board/thread/194069418

A real shame, to be honest. I really wanted to see what Spielberg could do with this material, and Williams too of course! But then again, if Cuaron's Gravity is succesful, maybe Interstellar will revive. We can only hope.

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Gravity has been pushed back till next year.

It makes me sick how tight Spielberg can be. He's a billionaire 3 times over. If he wanted to finance a film himself he's quite capable of doing it.

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Gravity has been pushed back till next year.

It makes me sick how tight Spielberg can be. He's a billionaire 3 times over. If he wanted to finance a film himself he's quite capable of doing it.

It generally doesn't really work like that though, does it. Movies are an investment and a business at the end of the day. High-risk ventures are still to be approached and eventually greenlit only when a collaboration of investors and their backing has been assembled. A billionaire still wants to make money instead of blowing it. Spielberg is a brand and brands need growth.

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I really don't know, but Luke was correct Lucas has been willing to put his money where his mouth is more than Steven. but on the other hand Interstellar might have been an even more costly project than this.

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Lucas is certainly a maverick in that regard; an outsider working in the mainstream. But I think he figured out years ago that there's very little financial risk involved where Star Wars is concerned. Indeed it's his own little license to print money.

Did he finance the recent war movie all on his lonesome?

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But I can't get over what happened to Spielberg's filmmaking in the past

14 years. What we will get with "Robocalypse" is just another expensive

pseudo-blockbuster, a director who gives in to his weakest impulses and

with a virtually defunct instinct for amazing storytelling. Sloppily conceived

and filmed action scenes due to rushed filming schedules, shoddy editing,

confused and disoriented actors, and 30 minutes of interesting score by

JW, that get completely overshadowed by the remaining 70 minutes of

wallpaper music - because the maestro's main job is to somehow adapt to

the rest of this filmmaking mess.

Looking back, 12-15 years ago, DreamWorks was one of the coolest

places in Hollywood for interesting screenplays and story development,

and created some high calibre Spielberg productions.

Today, they are releasing action fare like "Eagle Eye", "I am Number 4"

and countless other disfunct blockbusters, like a once cool car factory

producing faulty goods on an assembly line gone haywire (because

its central computer seems to have a virus).

Perhaps George Lucas sets a new trend. Steven Spielberg should

seriously consider to retire. Quentin Tarantino, give it a thought, too!

Kudos; one of the most annoyingly complaintive posts ever written on this board.

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