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'Lost' Writer Drew Goddard to Pen 'Robopocalypse' Screenplay

Photo: Raven Underwood/Flickr
Photo: Raven Underwood/Flickr

When it was announced back in late 2010 that Steven Spielberg was attached to direct "Robopocalypse," the news that screenwriter Drew Goddard was brought on board to write the script largely fell by the wayside. No surprise there. The mere mention of Spielberg's name can tend to cast a shadow over others involved in his projects, especially if they are not household names. However, Goddard has some impressive credits on his Hollywood screenwriting resume.

The thirty-six-year-old writer made a name for himself working on multiple projects with serialized television superstars J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon, responsible for writing such Fanboy favorite shows as "Alias," "Angel," "Buffy," and a series about plane crash survivors stranded on a deserted island you might have heard of called "Lost." Goddard's latest projects denote a shift in medium from television to movies, including "Cloverfield" and the forthcoming "The Cabin in the Woods." Although the film adaptation of Robopocalypse will mark Goddard's first book-based film project, we're willing to bet that his familiarity with the supernatural, monsters, and all things that go bump in the night will enable him to successfully adapt this much anticipated novel to the silver screen. According to IMDB, "Robopocalypse" is currently scheduled to be released in 2013.

With a doctorate in robotics and an affinity for science fiction, Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson is just the man to imagine an uprising of machines against men. Set in the not-so-distant future, Robopocalypse takes place in a world where humans have become almost entirely reliant on robots, to their grave detriment. The story is told from the perspective of multiple narrators amid the robots' uprising, which is initiated by the powerfulas Archos, who assumes control over the vast network of machines that run everything from cars to communication. Robopocalypse has already secured some famous fans, including Stephen King, Lincoln Child, and Clive Cussler.

With less than a week to go until Robopocalypse hits bookstores, the timing couldn't be much better for all things apocalyptic. Although the murmurings of the apocalypse some predicted for May 21 left everyone still standing, you were hard-pressed to avoid Internet discussions of end-of-the-world-related songs, books and movies, and other doomsday entertainment. The Centers for Disease Control even got in on the action, offering tips on how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. We can only hope that rogue robots become as closely associated with pop-culture apocalypses as vampires and zombies.

Based on the description of Robopocalypse, will you add it to your summer reading list? Do you think the film is in good hands with Spielberg and Goddard?

Read an excerpt of David H. Wilson's Robopocalypse here.

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