The movie icon behind sci-fi films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Minority Report will start shooting Robocopalypse in January 2012.
The film is based on Daniel H Wilson's novel of the same name, about a robot uprising, reports Daily Variety.
Mark Sourian, co-president of Spielberg's studio Dreamworks, explains, "Robocopalypse embodies an imaginative story of a robot rebellion unleashed against the human race. 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."
The 41 year old found international fame with his role as comic book creation Wolverine in the X-Men film series.
And he's now ready to swap superheroes for sci-fi in Spielberg's new picture Real Steel, which tells the story of a futuristic boxing industry where robots take over from real fighters.
The big budget blockbuster is the first project for the filmmaker's DreamWorks studio since the legendary director cut ties with Paramount Pictures and secured independent financial backing for his company.
DreamWorks co-president of production Mark Sourian tells Variety, "When we took it with us, we really highlighted it as something we would put the pedal to metal on. It's a project that Steven always wanted to do. It just came together rapidly after we left Paramount."