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Asimov's "I, Robot" Gets Movie Treatment

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the stuff-to-see dept.

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sdimbert writes "Isaac Asimov's classic collection of short stories about the role robots play in humankind's future is being made into a movie set to release on July 16, 2004, starring Wil Smith. The most notable part of the release build-up is the fact that the movie's trailer, most often seen before screenings of The Returnn of the King plays more like a product commercial (like Apple's flat-panel iMac ads) than a movie trailer. Suffice it to say that most of the audence that saw it with me had no idea they had just seen a movie trailer; they actually believed that someone was going to start selling a "fully automated domestic assistant" some time next year."

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Apple ads? (5, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793855)

Maybe Apple plans to come out with an iRobot.
Sorry, Dean Kamen.

You should sign up for the OSDN Dating Service! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793905)

Check it out! Now you, too, can find your match: maybe some perky smart young thing, thirty or so pounds overweight, always speaking a bit too loudly, laughs like a machinegun firing underwater, never cleans her keyboard, stuffing her face with candy and fast food, hacking kernel modules.....

Sorry Kathleen. I have to blow off the steam sometimes...

ROFL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793919)

First post of the day that made me spray coffee out my nose and all over the monitor. Thank you.

Battery debacle (4, Funny)

Mulletproof (513805) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793936)

Imagine the replacement battery costs on THAT product....

Re:Battery debacle (4, Insightful)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793942)

It's too bad the 3 Laws of Robotics don't apply to Corporations.

Re:Apple ads? (0, Flamebait)

rafael_es_son (669255) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794021)

Oh this sounds like it will be such a loss. The casting of Smith [super.co.yu] already hints at a typical "politically correct", trendy actor ladden, ball of crap [guardian.co.uk] hurled from Hollywood. It stinks of rotten adaptation [metropoliglobal.com]

Any /.'s care to comment on this?

Re:Apple ads? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7794043)

I, for one, welcome my new fully automated domestic assistants.

and... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793859)

and they thought it was what? a hobbit home help?

What? No trailer link? (1, Redundant)

c_oflynn (649487) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793864)

Geeze - they should have put a link directly to a nice full-quality trailer, perferably in .avi format (no encoding).

Direct Link, but Quicktime (2, Informative)

Aapje (237149) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793918)

http://a772.g.akamai.net/5/772/51/96ec7e42288f68/1 a1a1aaa2198c627970773d80669d84574a8d80d3cb12453c02 589f25382f668c9329e0375e8177dec6493fc5bcd3c9e0d81/ i_robot_fox320.mov

Enjoy yourselves.

That's not a link, dumbass, that's just a URL. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793935)

This is a link [akamai.net] . AC so I'm not a karma-whore.

Re:Direct Link, but Quicktime (3, Informative)

the real darkskye (723822) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793984)

For the href challenged Quicktime here [akamai.net]

Trailer, anyone? (1)

spieters (312206) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793868)

Link to trailer?

Please?

Pretty please?

Re:Trailer, anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793879)

http://www.irobotnow.com/index.php

-1, USELESS MOTHERFUCKER (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793945)

Re:Trailer, anyone? (0, Redundant)

ElFrito (732959) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793987)

It's here: http://a772.g.akamai.net/5/772/51/96ec7e42288f68/1 a1a1aaa2198c627970773d80669d84574a8d80d3cb12453c02 589f25382f668c9329e0375e8177dec6493fc5bcd3c9e0d81/ i_robot_fox320.mov Yw.

Re:Trailer, anyone? (0, Redundant)

ElFrito (732959) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793999)

Link to trailer? Please? Pretty please? How about instead of begging for a link, you do like the rest of us and Google it http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie =UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=i%2C+robot+trailer

Actually Believed? (5, Insightful)

GeekLife.com (84577) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793869)

Did you take a poll? The big green screen that stated "THE FOLLOWING PREVIEW..." made it pretty clear to folks in our theater.

It was a good preview, but give RotK fanatics more credit than that.

Re:Actually Believed? (5, Interesting)

mazesoft (223178) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793872)

Actually, in the 2 different theatres I went to, the typical Green screen before every trailer was not shown with this one. It simply went from the end of 1 trailer into what appeared to be another commercial.

Re:Actually Believed? (4, Insightful)

filth grinder (577043) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793941)

Samething happened when I saw the trailer. It was just tacked in with the other trailers so i thought, "oh, funny, a trailer to look like an ad, cute", and then at the very end they had, "three rules safe" and I said, "oooh, I see what you're doing there, very tricksy".

But, it looks like it'll be a mess. It'll turn into a Will Smith and CG robot cheesefest.

Wil SMith? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793870)

It's gonna suck! The main character in "I, Robot" was female, Susan Calvin. I bet they aren't even going to use Harlan Ellison's screenplay from a few years back.

Re:Wil SMith? (2, Informative)

Tango42 (662363) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793901)

No, Calvin was more of a narator, IIRC. The main characters were the 2 field testers, really. Only the last few stories actually included Calvin to any great extent.

Re:Wil SMith? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793933)

That's true... but since it technically is a collection of short stories, there really is no main character, although Dr. Calvin provides a narrative connection between all of the stories. It looks like they are taking the plot from one of the stories and making that the central plot of the movie. Maybe they should have just made it a Daneel Olivaw story instead, like _The Caves of Steel_, since those books are actual detective stories.


At any rate, I can't get past Will Smith... I tend to associate him with MIB and stuff like that. He's never impressed me as an actor.

Re:Wil SMith? (1)

Tango42 (662363) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794054)

I must agree, I wouldn't put Will Smith in an Asimov story... The plot seems to be Caves of Steel with the characters from I, Robot. Why can't they just stick with the actual plot for the book they are making a movie of, for once?

Re:Wil SMith? (1)

tildebeast (719978) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793925)

I think Will Smith is an excellent choice. Although I am not so sure about Bridget Moynahan for Dr Susan Calvin. She is way to hot, I would like to think I would be able to charm the pants off of Susan Calvin.~ [slashdot.org]

Re:Wil SMith? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793947)

Susan Calvin was inspired by a young blonde woman named Irene that Asimov had a crush on when he was in college. Making her model beautiful, though, is the wrong way to go. You want someone who is attractive, but whose intelligence and personality are her main features.

Harlan Ellison (4, Informative)

Transient0 (175617) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794026)

Apparently IMDB gives the screenwriting credit to Akiva Goldsman who apparently also wrote Lost In Space, A Beautiful Mind, Practical Magic, A Time to Kill and Batman and Robin.

Talk about a hit and miss record.

Really, it's a crime that they aren't using Ellison's screenplay. Asimov himself was quite fond of that adaptation, I can't help but wonder how he'd feel about this new one.

Susan Calvin - Robopsychologist, not robot. (1)

ebuck (585470) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794074)

There were a number of robots in I, Robot.

But Susan was not one of them. She is human, and even in a revisionist "well it could be" point of view, it is clear that on occasion she violates the spirit of the 3 laws of robotics, although I'd have to carefully reread the books to see if she ever violated it in letter.

Re:Susan Calvin - Robopsychologist, not robot. (1)

ebuck (585470) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794090)

I can't imagine how I read into your post that you thought Susan Calvin was a robot...

I need more coffe :)

Fully automated domestic assistants (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793871)

We already have ""fully automated domestic assistant". See Real Doll [realdoll.com] .

Re:Fully automated domestic assistants (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793876)

I want one of those that looks like Rei.

The Missing (Trailer) Link (5, Informative)

GeekLife.com (84577) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793874)

Quicktime Link [akamai.net] from Movie-List.com [movie-list.com]

To view the ad... (4, Informative)

jacoplane (78110) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793875)

go to the official site [irobotnow.com] .

Target Audience (5, Insightful)

Amarok.Org (514102) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793877)

Suffice it to say that most of the audence that saw it with me had no idea they had just seen a movie trailer; they actually believed that someone was going to start selling a "fully automated domestic assistant" some time next year.

Something tells me that these people probably aren't the target audience of the film anyway.

I feel lawsuit (5, Funny)

moehoward (668736) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793882)

iApple will sue, saying they have an iTrademark on iXXX where XXX = noun.

Please do not mark this as a dupe to the first post.

iThank you.

Frivolous McDonald's lawsuit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793896)

Just like the frivolous lawsuit where an idiot spilled hot coffee on her own lap and got rich witn McDonald's money as a result.

iTaly (5, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793956)

The country of iTaly, knowing it is a matter of time before Apple's lawyers turn their eye on them, is making moves to official change their name to "Olive Garden" (hoping to still attract tourists wanting to sample the famous cuisine).

So why does iRobot not have a problem? (1)

oneiros27 (46144) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793986)

The reason the movie website is 'irobotnow.com' is that iRobot [irobot.com] is the folks that make the Roomba vaccuum, and military robots.

So well, if Apple had an issue, they'd have already been bitching.

movie title misleading? (1)

kbs (70631) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793885)


Wouldn't it be more appropriate if the movie were entitled Caves of Steel?

I thought I, Robot was a series of short stories leading up to Caves...

Re:movie title misleading? (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793911)

The characters seem to be from the Robot stories. The plot just happens to have a resemblance to the caves of Steel. It doesn't seem to be set in an undergraound overpopulated earth, and it looks like Lije Bailey isn;t going to be in it.

Re:movie title misleading? (1)

maxbang (598632) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793981)

Or R. Daneel Olivaw, for that matter. Bummer. The R that starts it all and guides the universe for thousands of years, replaced by Hollywood with a Fresh Prince. He's the robot, I'm the rapper!

Re:movie title misleading? (5, Informative)

Tango42 (662363) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793914)

Caves of Steel was a novel, I, Robot was a series of short stories. They are both based on Positronic Robots, with the 3 laws of robotics, but they are different stories. Caves of Steel is set much futher in the future, for a start (in fact some of I, Robot is set in the past now, because Asimiov was too optimistic)

Trailer (4, Informative)

HornyBastard77 (667965) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793889)

Here [irobotnow.com]

Will Smith as a futuristic detective? (1)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793892)

This is going to look like MIB III, isn't it? OK, he did "Ali", but I still associate him with cheesy stuff like MIB, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and that Gettin Jiggy Wit' It video...

Re:Will Smith as a futuristic detective? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793932)

You fool! You forgot such great movies as Bagger Vance, Independence Day, and Wild Wild West!

Re:Will Smith as a futuristic detective? (3, Funny)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793940)

No, my mind is very good at erasing traumatic memories - you insensitive clod!

The good and the bad (4, Insightful)

zhrike (448699) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793893)

The good: Directed by Alex Proyas, who also directed a couple of top-notch films in The Crow and Dark City. Basing on Asimov certainly qualifies as "good" in my book as well.

The bad: Will Smith.

Re:The good and the bad (1)

ldspartan (14035) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793926)

Basing on Asimov certainly qualifies as "good" in my book as well.


Did you see The Bicentennial Man [imdb.com] ? It had a much better lead male (Robin Williams has done a lot more good, serious work than Will Smith), and was terrible, imho. The short story is one of Asimov's best, and yet the movie realization of it was tremendously awful. It wasn't even remotely true to the story.

--
lds

Re:The good and the bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7794010)

Bad adaptation for sure, so yeah I agree that an Asimov story doesn't necessarily mean success...especially when someone tacks on extra gunk.

I actually like Will Smith...in SOME roles. I don't see his style helping here at all; useful in specific roles, no range IMHO, not an asset to this film. I think most of the robot stories (esp. Caves of Steel, Nakes Sun, etc etc) are pretty damned angst-ridden and need someone like Ray Fiennes or Colin Firth.

Re:The good and the bad (0)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794062)

mmm... the crow. the toppest of the notch. i will never tire of watching that.

imdb.com description (4, Funny)

quigonn (80360) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793895)

Plot Outline: In the year 2035 a techno-phobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.

Why does this remind me of Animatrix's "The Second Renaissance"? The "I, Robot" plot is ripped off from The Matrix !!!1!

Re:imdb.com description (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793937)

Except, of course, this movies is based on stories that were written more than 50 years ago. The Matrix was cool, but it was not very original SF.

Re:imdb.com description (2, Insightful)

kargis (468280) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793939)

Wow. Maybe, maybe, maybe "The Second Renaissance" was in turn ripped off from the robot detective series of novels Asimov did, which feature a robot detective and his initially unhappy technophobe human partner who solve crimes perpetrated by robots. (Caves of Steel is the first one)

Looks like I Robot is just the wrong title for the film.

Kargis

Re:imdb.com description (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793980)

Except that sub-stories within I,Robot appeared in the 1940s. "Robbie" is the first such story, written by Isaac Asimov in his 20's.

Re:imdb.com description (1)

Sterling Christensen (694675) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794001)

Or maybe the other way around. I, Robot (the book) is a lot older than Animatrix

Re:imdb.com description (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7794091)

Reading the slightly more detailed plot synopsis, it looks like the basic plot is one of the short stories included in I, Robot. I can't remember the name of the story, but I think the robot was called Lenny (LNE series) - they may have changed it to SNE series to get Sonny, which would fit part of the story nicely (if a little crashingly-obviously).

In the original the murder investigation was kept all in-house at US Robots, but bringing in an outsider seems a fairly standard sort of thing to do in a film (audience orientation, etc).

I thought it was a product (5, Insightful)

Stile 65 (722451) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793910)

My friend and I were watching ROTK and saw the ad. We both thought it was a product, and the name idea was swiped from Asimov. iPod, iPaq, iRobot - maybe like an inside joke for those who get it.

The website [irobotnow.com] also makes it look like a commercial and like you can start ordering those robots starting in the summer of next year.

How exactly do they expect people who have never read anything by Asimov to catch on that this is a movie? I've seen people I know linking to the website in their journals and saying something like "I want one of these."

Re:I thought it was a product (1)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793976)

I figured it out that it was a movie trailer, and I knew what it was for (I, Robot) halfway through the trailer. My friend however, didnt know what "I, Robot" was

Re:I thought it was a product (1)

Stile 65 (722451) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794041)

It's funny, I was actually watching the Animatrix yesterday and just thinking about how in Asimov's world, the three laws would forbid robots from doing anything like what happened in the Matrix series. The robots would sooner self-destruct than inflict that kind of damage on the human race.

It also rules out "Ice Pirates" (2, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794083)

The self-preservation part of the Laws of Robotics also rules out "Ice Pirates", where the boxy kung-fu robots at one point pulled lynchpins out of their own solar plexii and fell to pieces.

Re:I thought it was a product (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7794019)

The Roomba vacuum, which gets mentioned here sometimes, is produced by a Cambridge, MA company started by former MIT AI Lab folks called iRobot.

It is an ``inside'' joke, except that the inside isn't that small.

And some people are stupid. Others, like bloggers, are just incredibly naive.

But will it be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7794042)

Fully functional, programmed in multiple techniques?

I didn't see Tasha complaining at least.

Re:I thought it was a product (1)

Tim Macinta (1052) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794055)

How exactly do they expect people who have never read anything by Asimov to catch on that this is a movie?
When I saw it, they showed the standard green "The following preview has been rated G" screen before the trailer, so that tipped me off. Although, once it started playing I was a bit confused and wondering whether they messed up an ad by showing that screen first. I finally decided that it was probably just a weird preview since there is actually a company called iRobot [irobot.com] down the street from me, and while their Roomba units are extremely cool, I thought it would be a bit of a leap for them (or anybody) to be releasing a humanoid robotic assistant in the near future.

Re:I thought it was a product (2, Insightful)

gauauu (649169) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794059)

They don't want people to catch on to the fact that it is a movie.

yet

It's obvious that they want to generate interest in this "product", and at some later time they will use that marketing hype to their advantage and say "Oh, that's just a movie we're making, not a real thing"....

Re:I thought it was a product (3, Funny)

lonb (716586) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794069)

Anyone who is upset by average folks thinking this is actually a product is ridiculous. How can you blame them, especially when Sony is advertising robotic dogs [aibo.com] and Honda is advertising ON TELEVISION a robotic assistant [honda.com] !?

We are not that far away from seeing robotics in consumer environment on a regular basis. This trailer is identical in format to the Honda ads, doesn't really say anything and just kind of gives you the "cool stuff, coming soon" feel.

Honestly, some of you really put the 'eek' in 'geek'.

Re:I thought it was a product (2, Insightful)

Wwolmack (731212) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794089)

Well...
First of all, there is the obvious improbability of a real robot that looks like the one depicted being sold by next summer. That thing looked more like something from a rendered wallpaper or some techy music video than a working product.

Then there is also the term at the end "3 laws safe". I would have thought most geeks would recognize this as the 3 laws of robotics first written by Asimov, although maybe medieval geeks (rotk fans) aren't as familiar with these as sci-fi geeks (star wars/star trek).

Finally, this is a very unlikely means of advertising such a product. Robots and domestic appliances aren't traditionally advertised in theaters (although there were 30 minutes of advertisements before the previews during the showing of RotK i went to). I've never seen any ads for the Segway, Aibo or Roomba in a theater (or on TV for that matter) because they are pretty specialized markets, and a very small percentage of the moviegoing population can afford one.

But yeah, most people shut their brains off when they go see a movie, so that might also have contributed to this mistaken perception.

The real I, Robot (4, Interesting)

tb3 (313150) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793920)

Unfortunately, this looks like it will be as bad as The Bicentennial Man adaptation that was made a few years ago with Robin Williams.
The best movie that will never get made is Harlan Ellison's I, Robot [amazon.com] .
Get the book, read the script. It's the greatest movie you'll never see.

Re:The real I, Robot (4, Interesting)

IPFreely (47576) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794035)

Isaac Asimovs' I, Robot in title only.

I heard that the store and action are not at all related to Asimovs Robot novels. It was written from something else. At the last minute, they wanted to attach to something famous to get more publicity for the movie, so they bought the rights to the name "I, Robot".

If you are expecting anything at all related to Asimov's stories, be prepared to be dissapointed.

Re:The real I, Robot (1)

Rico_za (702279) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794038)

Take my word for it (or don't), this is going to be huge! The early marketing (completely different from any other way of merketing you've ever seen) suggests they've put a lot of thought into this. As soon as the marketing itself becomes a story (look out for CNN, Time and others to cover "The making of the marketing campaign"), they've got even more free airtime. People will trailer that fooled them to believe it was a real add, and by the time the movie arrives everyone's going to go and see it.

It's the cleverest marketing ploy since people/companies started using eBay to generate free [space.com] publicity [ananova.com] for themselves.

Will Smith gets another chance (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793921)

I think Will Smith took on this film because he thought he would get another chance to take on the giant robot spider [moviemaker.com]

The Movie Site (1)

Grey Tomorrow (722221) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793923)

For what it's worth the website for the movie is here I, Robot Now [irobotnow.com] . Click 'see our commercial' to watch the teaser/trailer.

I recognoized "Three laws safe" when I saw it in the theatres, but I totally glossed over the I, Robot part of the address name when it popped up.

/.'s eyecon I, robbIE launches gnu dating service (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793934)

some are saying that the won-eyed girl isn't real, &/or is NOT a paid up member of robbIE's gnu dating service?

you can look, maybe touch (the screen) but beyond that not too much? come 'love' in the /.city at centurIE's end?

a real colonel? finally? (Score:mynuts won, you need a date buddIE?)
by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 23, @08:25AM (#7793749)
we were beginning to tire of all these corepirate nazi shills telling us that 'stuff that matters' is about .asphyxiating/deleting all of you hobbyist dogooders buy 'law', so that we could all be payper liesense stock markup FraUD billyonerrors again?

yOUR question, although not directly related to colonel promotion/maintainence, is of interest to at least won of us, so here goes:

have you joined robbIE's gnu dating service yet? &, if so, have you any information as to the existence/legitimacy of the won-eyed girl in the jump-you ads?

one more question:

we're not promoting our colonels until all the shysterious phonIE litigatory h00plah dIEs DOWn. do you have any notion when that might be? thanks?

Re:/.'s eyecon I, robbIE launches gnu dating servi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7794018)

I'm certain these posts are code for something and they're being used by international terrorists to communicate top-secret information. That's the only logical explanation I can think of...

Shitty Trailers and shittier commercials (-1, Flamebait)

secondsun (195377) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793950)

Why does it seem that movies are making trailers look more and more like commercials? Take RE2 for instance, when my friends and I first saw it we had been subjigated to the coke music commercial and some other atrocitiy of advertising that made my brainstem try to separate from the saucer section so by the time we saw the faux skin cream ad popcorn and coke were in full launch sequence to be thrown at the screen until we heard the words "Umbrella Corp."

But anyway, I went to see RotK in a mostly rural (read redneck) area and head a leteral collective huh at three laws safe. (Oddly enough I alo heard a few geeks yell its four laws)

Re:Shitty Trailers and shittier commercials (5, Insightful)

Anomalous Cowbird (539168) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794004)

Why does it seem that movies are making trailers look more and more like commercials?

I hate to disillusion you, but . . . movie trailers are commercials!

Licensed video game (1)

Dwedit (232252) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793959)

Still waiting for the Licenced Video Game to be announced. Oh wait... [klov.com]

Aha! (5, Funny)

leomekenkamp (566309) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793960)

"Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With!"

Ehhm...

Sorry, wrong book, wrong movie.

thank (your) god (1)

dilby (725275) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793961)

No Robin Williams!!!

Will Smith (1)

ajaf (672235) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793966)

Is this movie where Will Smith hunts robots with big guns, then the robots win the war and start using humans as energy, then a robot is sent back to the past to kill the mother of Will Smith?

Oh, wait, i'm confused...

I'd much rather see a Foundation movie! (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793975)

I think the Foundation series of books is much better than I, Robot.

Everyone I know who picked up and read Foundation went on and read the rest of the series in less than a week.

Lucas did it already :( (3, Informative)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794015)

think the Foundation series of books is much better than I, Robot.

George Lucas already ripped Trantor and has shown it to us on the screen as Coruscant.

Very clever marketing, in fact (5, Interesting)

fruey (563914) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793979)

Suffice it to say that most of the audence that saw it with me had no idea they had just seen a movie trailer; they actually believed that someone was going to start selling a "fully automated domestic assistant" some time next year...

That's the whole point. What better way to get everyone to talk about your movie? The site does not give a single indication that this is a joke, it drops a few hints though... if you read it all, it's far too exaggerated and heavy on technobabble, but I bet people are trying to contact them and call them in order to have demos on their TV shows and all sorts. I wonder how long they can keep it up?

Three rules safe ? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793982)

What's up with that ? The only google link I got was to a gay / s.m. page [google.com] .

I Robot - The Album (2, Interesting)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7793988)

Time to put in a plug for the exquisite "I Robot" album by the Alan Parsons Project [theavenueonline.info] , released in 1977. It's a concept album, but it is not an adapation of the Asimov stories. From the liner notes:

The story of the rise of machine and the decline of man,
which paradoxically coincided with his discovery of the wheel...
And a warning that his brief dominance of this planet will
probably end, because man tried to create robot in his own image.


The songs "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You" and "The Voice" were the only ones I recall receiving any airplay.

Ruination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7793992)

Oh great, another chance to ruin good sci-fi literature. After the bang-up job done with Bicentennial Man and Contact I can hardly wait for the next steaming load of hot grits to belch from Natalie Portman's undulating undies.

Why this nigger? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7794000)

I'm just appalled that such a good should be wasted at this talentless thing. I for one would have rather seen it preformed by one of the better actors. Putting this creature in this movie is just giving in to terrorists.

I, Screwit? (4, Funny)

whitroth (9367) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794002)

This is obviously *NOT* I, Robot, since there *is* *no* major single male protagonist in the collection. And who plays the middle-aged or older major protagonist, Susan Calvin?

Oh, sorry, that won't play well with the 16-30 age group.

IF THEY WANT TO WRITE THEIR OWN FSCKIN' MOVIE, DO IT, BUT DON'T CLAIM IT'S SOMEONE ELSE'S, nor mangle and mutilate someone else's, better work.

mark "and I keep meaning to send a threat
of physical violence to Peter Jackson"*

* And after the Two Towers, if Faramir were a real person, he would have filed a libel suit against Jackson.

Re:I, Screwit? (0)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794088)

but tell us, how do you really feel?

Sequel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7794017)

Knowing Hollywood muppets, someone will misunderstand and suggest 2, Robot as the sequel...

CATS (1)

Kujah (630784) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794029)

All your iBase are belong to robot? Their website includes a NS5 "configurator" which basically miscolors renders of their "robot". What if I wanted some actual information on the movie, instead of their silly make believe robot?

heheh (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7794030)

makes sense that they used a nigger to play the servant robot, hehheh hhehe hheh

An Alan Parson's "I Robot" as main theme..right? (0)

cabazorro (601004) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794049)

right?

Wil Wheaton (3, Interesting)

mraymer (516227) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794056)

Wil Wheaton [wilwheaton.net] was up for a role in this, and the casting people seemed to think he was perfect for the part. However, the directory apparently didn't. [wilwheaton.net]

I would have loved to have seen him in something new. Star Trek would have you believe all he can do is say, "Yes, sir!" and push buttons, but after reading his site you sort of get to know the guy...

Specs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7794058)

Well... in the site... there are little tech specs tidbits here and there...

10MegaPixel vision?
6 TeraFlop Positronic (reminds me of data) brain?
1 TeraByte of memory?
13 hr battery life?

God... I want one.... forget Asimo/Qrio...

Kernel seems a bit old though... 2.1.2 ? Never heard of a "Teresa" distro either...

Heh, guilty (4, Funny)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794061)

I saw this before a ROTK screening, and also thought it was some kind of new robot. After all, Sony or whomever had just been announcing their "jogging" robot and whatnot.

Anyway, I'm sitting there trying my best to ignore the "ad", waiting impatiently for ROTK to start, and then the "3 Laws Safe" tagline comes up. I about shit my pants. Tried to explain it to one of my buddies next to me, but he just kind of looked at me like "Aragorn did what now?" Oh well, here's hoping they don't fuck this movie up too much.

Might be unrecognizable (1)

Infinite93 (664963) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794076)

According to the preview material on IMDB [imdb.com] ,the plot will have little to do with any of the short stories. It will be interesting to see how true to the 'world' they keep.

Still waiting for RAMA... (0, Offtopic)

jonr (1130) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794080)

*SIGH*
Helllooooo Mr. Freeman! What are you doing?
J.

Bicentennial Man (2, Informative)

thepuma (721283) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794086)

Didn't Robin Williams [washingtonpost.com] do this already in Bicentennial Man [haro-online.com] ? There was even a scene where they talked abou the three laws of robotics [anu.edu.au] .

I'm not sure it'll work. (4, Insightful)

Unknown Kadath (685094) | more than 10 years ago | (#7794087)

I, Robot is largely a series of short stories centering around logic puzzles...Susan Calvin and Powell and Donovan figuring out what's wrong with robots by reasoning from the Three Laws. The only story in the book with a real human element is Robbie, and the robot in that one can't even talk. I think the only relation this movie is going to bear to an Asimov work is the title. That's not necessarily a bad thing. (And then I remember Bicentennial Man. Well, kind of, because it was utterly forgettable.) Anyway, much as I like his books, I don't think any of them would transfer well to the screen. Too much brain, not enough gut.

-Carolyn
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