Steven Spielberg will be filming a new sci-fi thriller "Robopocalypse" in Montreal next summer – the flick is tentatively scheduled to hit theatres across the country in July 2013.
A deal was recently finalized between Spielberg the Montreal film studio Mel's Cité du Cinema to start work on the $200-million film, which is an adaptation based on the best-selling novel by Daniel H. Wilson about a robot uprising. "It’s something we’ve been working on for three years with DreamWorks and Fox. A lot of places wanted the next Spielberg sci-fi movie,” Quebec film commissioner Hans Fraikin said Wednesday to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Gazette has also reported that Spielberg isn't the only Hollywood heavyweight who will be in Montreal working on a movie – Roland Emmerich will be shooting "Singularity," a sci-fi movie that no one knows too much about since those working on it are still remaining tight-lipped. Emmerich has said it is set 40 years in the future and is about the danger of computer technology getting out of control. and it will be produced by Sony Pictures.
This isn't the first time that Spielberg is seeing Quebec – he has worked on other big-screen hits in the province including Leonardo DiCaprio's "Catch Me If You Can" in 2002, where a number of scenes were filmed in Quebec City, as well as "The Terminal," which was shot just outside of Montreal at what was then Mirabel Airport. This will, however, be his first time Spielberg is working right in the Montreal core itself.