Akiva Goldsman, Oscar-winning screenwriter of A Beautiful Mind (also the screenwriter of non-Oscar winners like Batman Forever, I Am Legend, and I, Robot) has been hired to adapt Isaac Asmov’s 1953 scifi murder mystery The Caves of Steel for the big screen. He is the third writer to take a crack at the tale for Fox.
As Variety reports:
The studio set up the project in 2011 with Fox-based Simon Kinberg with Henry Hobson directing. Asimov’s story is set 1,000 years in the future when Earth has become overrun with people and robots are banned. A detective must team up with a robot to solve the murder of an ambassador who had been seeking to reform Earth’s policies on robots.
The Caves of Steel was previously made into a TV movie by the BBC in 1964, though only segments of that production are still in existence.