Legendary Picks Up Travis Beacham's Sci-Fi Pitch 'Pacific Rim'

May 28, 2010

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The legendary Legendary Pictures has just paid upwards of one million for a sci-fi pitch called Pacific Rim that is being written by Travis Beacham, and up-and-coming writer responsible for an 2007 indie called Dog Days of Summer and who is also credited for one of the earlier drafts of the recent Clash of the Titans remake. Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace. The deal was made on the basis of a detailed 25-page treatment. Now this sounds pretty frickin' cool; I wonder what it's really about?

I'm a sucker for unique sci-fi concepts and Beacham's Pacific Rim is definitely one of those. Legendary is envisioning this as a "tent pole event film," obviously, but that's all they reveal about the project at this time. Although the synopsis mentions "malevolent creatures," I'm wondering if there's more to this, as it almost sounds like Gears of War or Halo in a way, like that there's something more or very unique to this concept in particular. Anyway, Beacham is a writer currently doing some big work in town, including The Black Hole remake at Disney. Not much else is known about this, but we'll definitely keep you updated on this project.

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  • Xerxex
    we really don't have enough of these types of films, Pandorum is like the only one I can think of. I'm interested so far, I just hope it actually happens and opens this genre of film again.
  • There seem to be a LOT of sci-fi projects in the works recently... I feel a new trend may be on the horizon again? We can only hope! :)
  • MrDogbert
    There does seem to be alot of new sci-fi projects but very few sound that good and even the good books are in the hands of at best ok directors. I am still upset about Rendezvous with Rama :(
  • Cody w
    Im just wondering why a screenshot of AVP is on the headline.
  • Cody w
    ...AVP the videogame
  • Dan W
    What's the deal with the picture for this post? Did you think you could sneak a picture of an Aliens video game past us? But in all seriousness I'm down for another sci-fi movies. But from what we've been given so far on this movie it doesn't seem like anything new. But as a sci-fi fan I'm hopeful
  • Xerxex
    Hey Alex lets just hope that these projects help bring the life back to the Sci-fi genre. I re-watched Enemy Mine from like the hundredth time and I would love to see a movie like that come out of hollyweird.
  • The synopsis is still too general to assume anything. Sci-fi movies with aliens all have the same plot more or less. Starship Troopers had a plot like that. Still, I'm a big fan of sci-fi movies so I still can't miss this. I just really hope the writer delivers because I was pretty disappointed with Clash of the Titans.
  • JJ Abrams
    I'm all for more good sci-fi films, but how is "the planet must band together to eradicate the growing menace [of an alien threat]" a unique concept? District 9 had an original concept.
  • Eli
    This reminds me, I gotta finish my sci-fi peice. It actually sounds like this but like commercial said, sci-fi with aliens all have the same plot more or less. I still cant figure out what it is that got me so into sci-fi this past year?
  • Bill in Burlington
    We need more serious Creature films. No funny sidekicks or kids...
  • Martin
    I'm glad to hear about this project, sounds a bit like Independence day 2 or something, which I also hope is coming out soon! Sci-fi ftw!




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