A couple things are worth noting right off the bat. First, Spielberg has at least two, possibly three projects in the pipeline before he could possibly get to any 'Robopocalypse.' (I'm frankly just as intrigued by the Kip Thorne-penned 'Interstellar', which Spielberg's been circling for a good four years, and which was just recently speculated to be moving forward.) Second, as the New York Magazine piece notes, "[w]ith DreamWorks, everything is potentially a [Spielberg] project - until it's not." A quarter for every movie that's been declared "Spielberg's next" only to have it come to nothing would net you a few bucks, at least.
With that in mind, what is 'Robopocalypse'? Though the book won't be released until June 7, we know that the author is a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon, and that his other book is an entry into the recently popular farfetched-apocalypse-survival-guide series, 'How to Survive a Robot Uprising'. (Sample advice: carry around a pair of welder goggles, to protect from lasers.) 'Robopocalypse' is apparently remarkable for the amount of realism and detail that Wilson injects into his story. It may have something in common with Max Brooks' remarkably rich and plausible (in everything but concept) zombie-armaggeddon novel 'World War Z', a Marc Forster adaptation of which may finally be getting off the ground.
A Spielberg giant-robot movie is exciting for a variety of reasons, foremost among them the filmmaker's facility with things that are very large and could crush you. 'Jurassic Park', yes, but more to the point 'War of the Worlds'. The nightmare fuel of those tripods emerging from the asphalt are a hint of what Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse' could end up looking like.