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20th Century Fox has begun working on a live-action adaptation of the Isaac Asimov novel 'The Caves of Steel', and have attached fledgling director Henry Hobson to direct. Fox's last foray into the realm of Asimov's writing, 2004's 'I, Robot' starring Will Smith, netted the studio nearly $350 million worldwide, so you can't blame them for trying to draw water from that particular well again.
However, 'Caves of Steel' might seem a bit too familiar to the movie-going audience, as it shares many themes and situations from the film adaptation of 'I, Robot', which itself was a very loose adaptation of a series of short stories by Asimov. In 'Caves', all of mankind has spread and overrun the world, leading to the colonization of other worlds (or "Spacer" planets) and the incredible overpopulation of planet Earth, forcing them to develop massive mega-cities of steel. While lifelike humanoid robots are used for everyday life on the outer planets, there have been strict regulations put in place on Earth banning them. However, when a pro-robot lobbyist is suspiciously murdered, a plain clothes police officer is given a Spacer robot as a partner to solve the case.
The plot for the film adaptation of 'I, Robot' was mostly original work by it's screenwriters, using a few bits from some of Asimov's stories such as 'Little Lost Robot'. However, because they chose to go a different direction with that film, will it impact 'The Caves of Steel', which admittedly has a very similar plot? Only time will tell. Hobson, who has made a career out of creating inventive title sequences for films such as 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Rango', will direct the film off of a script by writer and space enthusiast John Scott.