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New Line moves forward with ‘Y’; Spielberg’s ‘Robopocalyse’ shelved for now; Nolan goes ‘Interstellar’

ylastDan Trachtenberg is a director that comes from a commercial background, but when he produced his own trailer for a faux movie based on the videogame Portal, he got noticed by the right people. Now New Line Cinema has hired him to helm an adaptation of graphic novel Y The Last Man.  Based on the original comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, this dystopian tale focuses on the only man to survive the apparent simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth.

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Steven Spielberg has put the brakes on the sci-fi film Robopocalypse, which was to go into production in the spring. Based on the novel by Daniel H. Wilson, the Drew Goddard script (Cabin in the Woods), was to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway and concerns a battle for survival after mankind generates its first mass intelligence computer brain only to see it escape. Much like the forthcoming Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim, Robopocalypse features some battle scenes between giant robots (and maybe someone pointed out to him how much last summer’s huge bomb Battleship resembled a cheap knock-off of Transformers so maybe the director should put some distance between del Toro’s film) -though a spokesman for Spielberg said that “the script is not ready and it’s too expensive to produce.” Spielberg told Deadline.com that he has “found another way to tell the story. I had an epiphany and I only have had these a couple of time during the course of my work and whenever those voices occur, I need to listen to them. I found another way to tell the story; it’s a much more personal story for me. I let my cast and crews go make other movies, while I take a half a year to get it to the place that I need it.” So the director is not dropping the film altogether, just delaying it for a while. But consider this as well, it took him twelve years to bring his 12 times Academy Award nominated Lincoln to the cinemas, as well as 11 years for his Oscar winning Schindler’s List.

interstellarChristopher Nolan will write, produce and direct Interstellar, based on an original screenplay written by his brother Jonathan Nolan, and is a story that involves a group of explorers traveling through a wormhole. It will also deal with time travel and alternate dimensions.  The script is said to be inspired by the work of Kip Thorne, a physicist at Caltech. Originally presented as a film for helmer Steven Spielberg, who set the project up in 2006, it became property of Paramount when the studio bought DreamWorks, and Nolan has a long standing deal with Warner Bros, so now it’ll become a co-production.

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