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At first, Steven Spielberg’s A.I. was Stanley Kubrick’s A.I., which the late director based on the short story “Supertoys Last All Summer Long,” about a couple who adopt a robotic child in a dystopian future.
Through these years of production, Kubrick talked to his friend Spielberg frequently about A.I. After the release of Jurassic Park in 1994, Kubrick knew technology had finally caught up to his vision. He even asked Spielberg to direct it.
As Spielberg tells the Los Angeles Times, he deflected but ultimately signed on to A.I., then backed out again, feeling guilty for taking the movie from Kubrick. Only after Kubrick died in 1999 did Spielberg take on the project.
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