Spielberg postpones new film 'indefinitely'

Robopocalypse is having both script and cash issues, according to director's spokesman

Steven Spielberg has postponed production on his new film 'Robopocalypse'.

The film was set for release in 2014, but now the director has shelved the project indefinitely.

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Spielberg... postpones new project Robopocalypse (Copyright: Rex)

Spielberg's spokesman Marvin Levy told the Hollywood Reporter that the film was 'too important and the script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce'.

“It's back to the drawing board to see what is possible,” he added.

Both Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth were already in the frame to take on the starring roles, so it's likely they won't be hanging on.

Spielberg's film was being based on the 2011 book of the same name by robotics Ph.D Daniel H. Wilson, with the adaptation for the screen having been penned by Drew Goddard, who wrote both 'Cloverfield' and 'The Cabin In The Woods'.

The story centres on a group of survivors of an apocalypse initiated by an artificial intelligence system which begins to decimate the human population.