Summit Transforms Twilight Zone into Countdown
When you pair space adventure and creepy happenings, you definitely get my attention. So when Summit Entertainment announced yesterday that they're moving on an upcoming film called Countdown, my ears definitely perked up. You see, the film is based on the 1963 Twilight Zone episode "Deathship". In the episode, astronauts land on an unknown planet and discover a downed spaceship that appears to hold their own corpses. How eerie and mysterious.
This project will mark writer-turned-director Michael Brandt's directorial debut. The scribe has been involved with such projects as 3:10 to Yuma, 2 Fast 2 Furious and the upcoming Wanted, Spy Hunter and The A-Team. Not bad. I really have no idea of the guy's directing aptitude, but apparently Summit was sold - "he fits with the outfit's larger interest in supporting new talent."
I'm equally foggy on the exact direction of the plot. The original was more of an astrophysics puzzle than forthright space adventure. As most would expect, the latter will probably sell better nowadays. What would be great is to see the story render more along the lines of Event Horizon - I LOVED that 1997 film - or even Sunshine. Each has respectable doses of sci-fi, but they're heavy on the scares, too. Those readily come to mind being that they also deal, in part, with the whole concept of time/dimension travel and the convolutions therein. Just as long as the film stays far away from anything Mars-ish related (e.g. Ghost of Mars, Red Planet, etc) and instead tries to take Countdown to a darker place will make me happy.
I'm not sure I'll get my wish, however. Brandt recently said, "Countdown is fantastic because it wraps the themes of fate and predestination in a movie that is really a giant puzzle (that will also) be fun for the audience to piece together." This sounds more like the bombed (box office-wise) Solaris to me.
Screenwriter Derek Haas will be helping Brandt on the script. The two worked together on many of the previously mentioned Brandt projects. A seasoned pair, sure, but do they have what it takes to craft a space tail worthy of the original? And does this storyline lend itself to a dark place like I've imagine? Or am I just too much of a horror nut?