Every Robot builder is familiar with Asimov's laws of robotics and with
I, Robot, his best-known collection of robot short stories. The
stories deal with Susan Calvin, a Robot Psychologist, who uses Holmesian
deductive logic to solve various mysteries involving robots that appear
to have violated one or more of the laws. Many a female geek has pointed
to Susan Calvin as her role model. Now, 20th Century Fox has licensed
the use of the book title to hype a new
Will Smith movie in which he plays "a technophobic police officer
who is called in to investigate a murder that he believes was
committed by a robot and uncovers a giant conspiracy." From the
description it appears that, much like Robert Heinlein's Starship
Troopers, the movie will have nothing to do with the book beyond the
use of the title.
Uh, I can't wait for the MTV video... Nod Ya Robotic appendage.
Why does this strike me as a bad idea? He'll probably sell a lot of
movie tickets, though.
Leave it to Hollywood to screw up a really good SF story, especially
ones about robots or artificial intelligence. Most SF movie adaptations
don't hold true to the books and most screen writers don't have the
natural intelligence to match that of major science fiction writers.
Since 2001, can anybody name a good SF movie about robots or artificial
intelligence (StarWars not withstanding)? I thought A.I. was pretty
good in recent memory.
The remake of "The Wild Wild West" with Will Smith was a big flop.
Better do a sequel to ID 4 instead.
This is going to be a Blade Runner remake, isn't it...
OK, Will finds out either he's a robot, his girl friend is a robot, or
he's saved by a robot who befriends him.