Steven Spielberg will commence principal photography on the sci-fi tale in January 2012 in what is expected to become another tentpole for the reconstituted DreamWorks Studios.

Disney’s will release Robopocalypse through its Touchstone label in 2013 under that studio’s distribution agreement with DreamWorks.

The film is based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H Wilson and explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising. Drew Goddard adapted the screenplay.

DreamWorks acquired the rights to Wilson’s unpublished manuscript in November 2009. Doubleday acquired publishing rights and plans to release the book in June 2011.

Robopocalypse embodies an imaginative story of a robot rebellion unleashed against the human race,” Mark Sourian, who runs production at DreamWorks Studios alongside Holly Bario, said.

“This is a project we immediately sparked to and with Steven directing it we knew it was in the best possible hands to bring it to worldwide audiences.”

DreamWorks Studios slate includes I Am Number Four, Cowboys & Aliens, War Horse, The Help, Fright Night, and Real Steel.