Sony Puts Roland Emmerich's Singularity On Hold
11.12.11 by BJSprecher
After getting the green light from Sony to move forward with his new sci-fi movie, Singularity, co-writer (with Harald Kloser) and director Roland Emmerich has halted pre-production on the movie. Some sources have claimed that the movie was put on hold because of Sony's dissatisfaction with the box office performance of Emmerich's latest movie for the studio, Anonymous, a $30 million period movie that has grossed less than $5 million in its first two weeks in theaters. However, Deadline has reported the decision stems from the desire to bring in an expert to help hone some of the futuristic concepts in the script.
Little is known about Singularity at this point, other than the fact that it takes place 40 years in the future, at a time when we are in "danger of losing control" of our advanced computer technology, and centers around a young man named Adam "whose body is made up a swarm of nanobots, giving him all sorts of power." Given the subject matter and the title of the movie — a "technological singularity" refers to the emergence of a technological super-intelligence, the creation of which will result in an "intellectual event horizon beyond which the future becomes difficult to understand or predict" — it appears as if the technology that we are in "danger of losing control" of might be Adam himself (itself?). According to Deadline, Sony has brought in bestselling author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil (actually, Deadline wrote that Sony hired "Ray Kurzwell," but we're pretty sure that was simply a typo), to help Emmerich and Kloser with some of the more tech-heavy aspects of the Singularity script.
Due to the suspension of pre-production, the start date is expected to be pushed back several months from the original March 2012 date, though Deadline reported Sony intends to "stay on track" for its May 2013 release date. No mention was made of whether or not the decision to put the movie on hold was made before or after Emmerich was to supposed to have screened a bunch of young actors — Luke Grimes (Shit Year), Logan Marshall-Green (upcoming Prometheus), Juliane Morris (Sorority Row), Thomas McDonell (upcoming Dark Shadows) and others — for the part of Adam.