There's good news for Steven Spielberg fans as he has agreed to direct the upcoming epic from DreamWorks and Disney called Robopocalypse. The movie is set to hit the big screen in 2013.
It is based on the Daniel H. Wilson novel of the same name (New York: Doubleday, 2011) that looks at the fate of humans after the robots in society decide that they want to wipe out all mankind.
Wilson has a PhD in robotics and is a known author for robot centred doomsday scenarios. The science fiction story may sound similar to other films of its genre but knowing Spielberg he is sure to put a different spin on Robopocalypse.
What got Spielberg excited about the project was the script which 'Cloverfield' writer Drew Goddard produced based on the book. The production on the movie to be released under the Disney Touchstone label is slated to begin in January 2012.
Daniel H. Wilson attended Booker T. Washington High School, graduating in 1996. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Tulsa in 2000, spending one semester studying philosophy abroad in Melbourne, Australia at the University of Melbourne. He completed an M.S. in Robotics, another M.S. in Machine Learning, and his Ph.D. in Robotics in 2005 at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
His thesis work, entitled Assistive Intelligent Environments for Automatic Health Monitoring focused on providing automatic location and activity monitoring in the home via low-cost sensors such as motion detectors and contact switches. He has worked as a research intern at Microsoft Research, the Xerox PARC, Northrop Grumman, and Intel Research Seattle.