Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Director Josh Trank Reportedly Fired From His ‘Star Wars’ Film For “Erratic" Behavior On The ‘Fantastic Four’ Set Director Josh Trank Reportedly Fired From His ‘Star Wars’ Film For “Erratic" Behavior On The ‘Fantastic Four’ Set Robert Downey Jr. Trashes Indie Moviemaking, Fires Back Over Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Superhero Diss Robert Downey Jr. Trashes Indie Moviemaking, Fires Back Over Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Superhero Diss First Look: Clear Photos Of Ben Affleck In Costume From 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Look: Clear Photos Of Ben Affleck In Costume From 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Kristen Stewart Says "Hollywood Is Disgustingly Sexist," Questions When Actresses Decide To Go Nude Kristen Stewart Says "Hollywood Is Disgustingly Sexist," Questions When Actresses Decide To Go Nude Warner Bros' DC Comics' Franchise Is Reportedly A Big Movie Universe Without A Clear Leader Warner Bros' DC Comics' Franchise Is Reportedly A Big Movie Universe Without A Clear Leader Data On Netflix Original Programming Reveals Everyone Is Watching 'Daredevil,' Not Tuning Into 'Bloodline' Data On Netflix Original Programming Reveals Everyone Is Watching 'Daredevil,' Not Tuning Into 'Bloodline' Rumor: Asa Butterfield Is The Frontrunner To Play Marvel's Spider-Man Rumor: Asa Butterfield Is The Frontrunner To Play Marvel's Spider-Man Rumor: Jared Leto's Joker To Appear In 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Rumor: Jared Leto's Joker To Appear In 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Ranked: All The Characters Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked: All The Characters Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel & More To Star In Xavier Dolan's Next Film 'Only The End Of The World' Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel & More To Star In Xavier Dolan's Next Film 'Only The End Of The World' “ 'Blade Runner' Is Almost A Religion For Me”: Denis Villeneuve Talks Directing The Sci-Fi Sequel “ 'Blade Runner' Is Almost A Religion For Me”: Denis Villeneuve Talks Directing The Sci-Fi Sequel Cannes: New Images From 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard Cannes: New Images From 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard Plot Details And Opening Sequence Revealed For Gaspar Noe's 3D Cannes Midnight Movie 'Love' Plot Details And Opening Sequence Revealed For Gaspar Noe's 3D Cannes Midnight Movie 'Love' Why Female Directors Almost Never Get Blockbuster Gigs Why Female Directors Almost Never Get Blockbuster Gigs New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Check Out Teaser Posters For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' & Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon' Check Out Teaser Posters For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' & Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season Best To Worst: Every Marvel Movie Ranked Best To Worst: Every Marvel Movie Ranked

Blake Masters To Rewrite 'Colossus' Remake for Universal; Ron Howard & Will Smith Presumably Move On

The Playlist By Benjamin Wright | The Playlist July 19, 2011 at 5:13AM

Whether it be the success of the insipid "Transformers" franchise, or perhaps Hollywood just has a crippling artificial intelligence neurosis, there are a whole lot of movies about robots going wild on their way to cinemas. From "King of Kong" director Seth Gordon's proposed "WarGames" remake to Steven Spielberg's on the horizon "Robocalypse," if the next few years don't make us scared of technological change, nothing will.
2


Whether it be the success of the insipid "Transformers" franchise, or perhaps Hollywood just has a crippling artificial intelligence neurosis, there are a whole lot of movies about robots going wild on their way to cinemas. From "King of Kong" director Seth Gordon's proposed "WarGames" remake to Steven Spielberg's on the horizon "Robocalypse," if the next few years don't make us scared of technological change, nothing will.

Universal is looking to add their own spin on the man versus machine tale with their previously announced remake of the 1970's sci-fi pic "Colossus: The Forbin Project." Variety has reported that screenwriter Blake Masters has been hired to rewrite the gestating script which last had a pass by Jason Rothenberg. If you recall, last fall Ron Howard and Will Smith were attached to the project as director and star and now their names are nowhere to be found, and with the former headed into "Rush" and the latter finishing "Men In Black III" before heading to "One Thousand A.E." with M. Night Shyamalan we presume they have both moved on at this point.

The original '70s film followed two supercomputers, one used by the United States and the other by a Soviet era Russia, who were swapping top secret government intelligence from their respective countries. When both computers turn on their human counterparts, the US and Russia must combine their military forces in an effort to battle these maniacal supercomputers.

Honestly, it's a tad bit scary to think about where this remake could go. Especially if Universal chooses to go the route of the other Cold War era remake "Red Dawn," and cast a currently harmless country as our proposed enemy. The choice of Masters, who has only a handful of writing credits on two generic police procedurals, "Law and Order: LA" and "Brotherhood," fills us with little hope that Universal is looking to incorporate decent talent to class this remake up. Though perhaps there is something in his screenplay to the currently in-development Vince Vaughn vehicle, "2 Guns," that we're just not seeing. Then again, if Masters is simply another writer who'll make some changes and then leave the project, perhaps it won't be so bad after all. Though to be honest, the thought of a big budget tent pole concerning the military taking on artificial intelligence is bringing to mind the forgettable "Stealth."

This article is related to: Films, Genre Films, Colossus


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates