The Caves of Steel is the first novel of Isaac Asimov’s fantastic series of Robot novels, in which he explores at length the themes of humanity and artificial intelligence that he began in his short stories and I, Robot. It also is the product of Asimov deciding to combine his love for science fiction with his love for mystery novels, which allowed these novels to approach deep themes almost as an aside. Instead of writing philosophical novels he wrote novels of adventure and mystery that just happened to be deeply studded with speculative thought. Naturally then, the news that Fox is returning to Asimov to make sure that his corpse is good and beaten leaves this writer with a bit of trepidation.
When Fox adapted I, Robot, it did so by taking a completely independent original script, grafting on random names and terms from Asimov’s work and then repeatedly rewriting the script until it was yet another entry in the Will Smith franchise of explosions glossed with science fiction and spiced with an “aw hell naw” or two. Will Smith XII: The Will Smithening.
Not only is Fox the one that has devoured the rights to The Caves of Steel, but they’re putting Henry Hobson in the director’s chair. Never heard of him? Don’t worry, no one has. He’s never directed before. Oh, and John Scott 3 is writing. I don’t know if the 3 means he’s the third, if he has two older brothers and the least creative parents in the world, or if that’s just short hand everyone has gleaned from IMDB’s database. He doesn’t have anymore writing credits than Hobson has directing credits. It could be worse though, they could have brought Alex Proyas back after I, Robot. See, Proyas made The Crow and then Dark City, and followed those up with I, Robot and Knowing. Now that’s a downward trajectory. If that curve continues its current trajectory, then Proyas’ next film will actually cause the sun to extinguish itself.