Must Watch: First Trailer for Universal's Sci-Fi Movie Skyline

August 10, 2010
Source: Apple

Skyline Trailer

Holy crap. Universal has debuted the official trailer for Colin and Greg Strause's Skyline on in high def on Apple today. This sci-fi contained invasion thriller stars Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Brittany Daniel, David Zayas and a few more indie actors. You may have heard the buzz from Comic-Con but now you get to see for yourself how frickin' awesome this new alien invasion movie looks. It has such a perfect setup, too (although it borrows a bit from the way Monsters also begins) and I love how beautiful some of the big special effects shots look at the end. I wonder if we'll get more or if this is just all they're planning to show us? Check it out!

Watch the official trailer for Colin and Greg Strause's Skyline:

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You can also watch the official Skyline trailer in High Definition on Apple

In Skyline, strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.

Skyline is both written and directed by brothers and visual effects specialists Colin & Greg Strause, of a few music videos and AVP: Requiem previously, although they have an extensive visual effects history. Not only did they produce this, but they're doing the effects for it, too. The screenplay was co-written by newcomers Joshua Cordes and Liam O'Donnell. Universal is bringing Skyline to theaters on November 12th. You in?

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  • 4k4k
    AWESOME!!! Something I may have to check out.
  • ocp
    Looks sick
    hahaha they use transformers sound effects and it's so plainly obvious...I mean come on those sound effects were story devices in the first film, try and use something a bit more vague or different... obviously that's not the final sound from the movie, but As for the teaser. The last shot is awesome. The VFX look pretty amazing. I hear that most of the movie takes place inside a building though, right? So I hope they didn't just blow their VFX load with us in the teaser...
  • indyjack
    "stephen hawking is a complete Asshole!"~ Steven Colbert
  • This looks entertaining, I'll defo check that oooooooooooooot.
  • splinter
    jesus christ!!!that last shot was amaziiiiiiiiiiiiingggggggg!!!!!!!!!!looks pretty cool!!!!!
  • MMH
    OOOOOH! How original A movie where Aliens come to earth and people loose their life's and there is mass destruction. Somebody wake me up from this nightmare that is Hollywood shlock. Or here's a thought, make more movies like District 9 which put a new spin on the whole man vs alien concept. Until then, I'm bored!
    • Dr Fog
      Your spelling is atrocious....loose = lose
    MMH, agreed.
    at 0:57, why are Transformers sound effects used?
  • Haz
  • Gary M
    Any trailer that starts off with "Stephen Hawkins" is terrible. Looks good.
  • daniel
  • Jay
    It's like a summer blockbuster.. in the fall.
  • Solo Calrissian
    at first glance, D-9, meets, clover field, meets war of the worlds... Looks COOL, but greatly inspired IMO. I'll def try and see it before I know more about it.
  • tazz
    this trailer looks freaking sick #9 yeah they used the Transformers sound effects dont know why they could not used something else
  • deadpool72
    wow,fucking hell. that was amazing.
  • Peter
    Can't possibly be any worse than that Aliens VS Predator Requiem crap they pulled.
  • Nitrium
    I loved that tagline: Don't Look Up!
  • Darren
    I just shit my pants at the last a shiver when down my spine
  • Clover
    WOW....this may have helped 2010 as maybe the worst year in film for a decade or so! I AM IN!!!!!
  • qweqwu
    Lol the sound effects, i thought it's the teaser for transformers 3
  • Eli
    The premise for this is great. Too bad we only saw the backsides of who may or may not be the main characters. The Tv newscasters I could have done without. Let's just hope they don't rely so heavily on the cgi to move what could be a riveting sci fi foward.(sarcasm)
  • Ricardo
    The Stephen Hawkins part really threw me off...A part from that, this is looking very entertaining!
  • Xerxex
    So the aliens abduct a bunch of Californians? yet another reason not to go to California!
  • craig
    that end clip in the trailer reminds of prey.............swallowing up any life to support it's self.. i wonder if the film will go down that route or i could wish it was like quake where they collect mankind jst to aid the strogg's goal...or something along tht line of thought we'll ssee hall looks temptingly gud tho!
  • Nero
    Finally a successor to the Independence Day!, and looks better
  • ray, first the transformers sound and the whole thing is ok i guess...i'm a sci fi fan but i dont think this is going to hit big, still going to watch it @26 What?!?!? i honestly think battle: los angeles is going to take that spot, just based on quality of actors is enough to place it over this one
  • David
    When the lights were landing it sounded a lot like shortened Godzilla yells.
  • filmfan111
    looks cool enough.
  • beavis
    looks good to me. i'm also curious as to what becomes of all the people that are being sucked up?
  • Robbie
  • DoomCanoe
    Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking maybe we should have listened.... to Stephen Hawking that's all i got out of this trailer
  • whomever
    I mean...all right? It doesn't take much to impress now-a-days, I guess. CG work looked worked. Concept seems played and outdated. Maybe I missed something?
  • Kenji
    i loved ID4 and this looks like the same premise but on 'roids! bring ittt πŸ˜€
  • Rashad
    looks like shit
    neat πŸ˜€ another film to my list to see πŸ˜€
  • SuicidalOptimist
    Omg, Earth gets invaded by aliens that wanna kill us all, what are we gonna doooo??? Oh, I have an idea! Let's try and round up all available pilots, even the alcoholic ones, locate the mothership and blow it up kamikaze style, because we all know the mothership controls all the drones. Rejoice! "Today we celebrate our independence!" *throws confetti* Ok, the visuals were admittedly pretty awesome, but I am just so tired of the same old alien invasion story.
  • ray
    @37 right u prefer the story where the aliens come and sing with us huh....better yet, why not write the script urself
  • drew
    how about the lead in the film is from "Dinoshark
  • Spider94
    maybe we shoulda listened to al gore lmao.....-TRANSFORMERS SOUND EFFECT- i wonder if bay was one that really directed this movie
  • Angry Chief
    Now doesn't that kick all the best kinds of ass. Gotta love mass panic. I'll pay to see this.
  • wrongturn687
    So Brittany Daniel is in a movie that actually looks good. Did hell just freeze over or what ? Seriously this looks insanely cool considering it's low budget and I'm always up for a good Alien/Invasion flick.
  • beavis
    #37 - what kind of alien invasion do you prefer? #41 - i gotta agree - nothing makes a movie fun like mass panic!!
  • Sean
    OMG this is so annoying. Yes the effects look sweet but this story has been told over and over again for the past 90 years in cinema. Could they at least try something more real? Like maybe aliens that "don't" want to harvest/kill us?
  • germs
    Is this movie suppose to scare us into not exploring space? It's just as likely that we are Christopher Columbus and the rest of the universe is waiting to be explored. Sounds like the same old tired alien invasion story. After AVP: Requiem these guys should be kept away from camera equipment.
  • wrongturn687
    Wow! ALOT of negativity on this board, but I understand. When your last movie was something like AVPR its hard not to be skeptical, but I'm hoping these guys can redeem themselves in someway. I think everybody deserves a second chance at the very least.
  • mandarin
    Why do you need to hear this out from Stephen Hawkings?
  • Gary the Bruce
    The ultra-cheesy line "smartest man in the world" notwithstanding, the last shot in the trailer is very impressively done: a thousand poor screaming souls meet their maker .....
  • monal
    based on what i saw the brothers do with AvP Requiem not holding my breath that this is any good......a slick trailer means absolutely nothing to me especially after all the crap we've seen in 2010 so far.
  • gfdgd
    WAIT from 1:19 we hear some "noises and scream" same sound i heared in song "iowa" from slipknot band wondering if there is an "universal" sample that both slipknot and that trailer use or they just simply use the very beginning of slipknot song Iowa
  • tumtum
    BS made for tv sci-fi channel special effects..
  • tEDDY bESS
    Looks like its taking itself waaaay too seriously. And why are they using cuts from the Transformers trailer?
  • Hale18
    I was in untill i found out the guys from avp requiem did this
  • Patrick
    I don't get the excitement... either the humans get killed off by the aliens or they get abducted/saved by the aliens because we humans destroy our home planet (relocation)...
  • Morlock
    If those big ships only had one eye, one horn and were purple...
  • joe
    that's right, shit all over this and go jack off to all your spandex wearing superheroes. seriously, all the posters here just seem to love superhero comics and...well, that's it. it looks fucking awesome. gonna own that shitty denzel train movie.
  • This looks great ( specially from 01:18 to 01:23 ) ... πŸ˜‰ ... This movie made to be seen in big screen ... if possible in IMAX.
  • dealers wheel
    skylame. oh the spaceships are coming and all stephen can do is fall out of his wheelchair in despair
  • Wow, speech less, Amazing video, I am feeling that i am in Nasa and meeting with alien.
  • Cineprog
    Awsome trailer the Effects look Cool.
  • ConnachtFan
    fake: Americans are too obese to be sucked up by Aliens!!!
  • beavis
    while the post is over-the-top.........i have to agree with the sentiment of #56 - if this had a superhero in it or was based on a comic - all of the negative comments would disappear.
  • mgazo
    agreed, 56 nailed it. looks cool ill watch it.
  • chilin
    it's transformers sound effects cuz it is disguse of course...
  • 9mm
    Looks too much like a video game.
  • McWilly
    "mass panic" and sci-fi looks entertaining. Sorry i couldn't be more pessimistic, seems like the cool trend of comments. "It's lame, everything is lame." Stewie Griffin "You've checked mated my teenage cynicism" Family Guy
  • Frank
    How come aliens never attacks Kansas?
  • Geoff
    About a 100 on the meh-meter....and it only goes to 10
  • ash
    The trailer looks cool, but I hope the dialogue in the movie doesn't follow the same "hey the audience is stupid so I'll explain it them" dialogue that the news reporter had. I got the Columbus landing in the new country reference concerning the Native Americans. Did that need to be followed up with an explanation? Really? Was it bad for them? Thanks.
  • SexMaster
    hope its not too much like independence day
  • Luis M
    #66 Because last time they sent an alien to Kansas, it ended up fighting on the side of the humans? And yeah... Stephen Hawkins is "arguably" one of the smartest persons alive? Who would argue that he isn't?
  • Johnny Walker
    The opening "news" bits sound like they were written by a 10 year-old. And the rest of it feels about as original. Congrats Universal--you have now succeeded at being the most unoriginal studio in the history of film.
  • S
    Books and movies have been warning of aliens conquering Earth for decades but when Stephen Hawkings says it it suddenly becomes news. Really?!
  • jjboldt
    Not sure why they pushed the Hawkings angle so much, but it still looks sweet. I'm a fan of Scrubs so anxious to see Donald Faison in what has to be a completely different role.
  • Chazzy
    @ 68. Yeah, that pissed me off. I liked the Columbus reference, then as soon as they explained it I'm just like "really??" yeah, we got it. But thanks. Overall though, I think this looks pretty lame. Idk what people are going on about the special effects for.... all the smoke in those long shots looks absolutely terrible. This trailer wasn't even impressive, except for that last shot.
  • BuffOne
    needs more pylons
  • Atrus4
    Agree with #64 - looks like video game...I'm still interested, but keeping expectations to a minimum
  • Forget It
    I see what you did there BuffOne. Nice. Trailer looks totally meh, but who knows might turn out to be entertaining. Unlike most of the schmucks here I won't let a teaser trailer make an outright movie going decision for me.
  • The ending was amazing. The trailer reminded me of the current chapters of Gantz by Hiroya Oku.
  • case
    So... why shouldn't we look up? I mean, that's the direction it looks like the bodies are being sucked in. Didn't their parents ever tell them to watch where they're going? Lots of terrible tag lines and material used for this trailer in my opinion. One iteration of the "Stephen Hawking said..." newsreel was enough. One scene of the blue lights descending was enough. The movie I think may still have potential, but this trailer was kinda poo.
  • Cody w
    The comments on this page are some of the most retarded and picky things ive ever read on this site...this looks fucking sweet, I find theres a lack of alien invasion movies. Stop saying this looks like this + this so its gonna suck I see that in almost every trailer thread. Every fucking movie looks like some other movie or is like it in some way. You could say that about everything, theres so many movies and stories that have been told its almost impossible not to find similarities every single time, just take it for what it is and stop acting like your all "above" this.
  • Xerxex
    Agreed Cody. I enjoy a nice alien invasion flick. Mars Attacks is awesome!
  • Para
    if it is half as good as independence day i'll be happy.
  • Marty
    'War Of The Worlds' anyone ?, same old story. The bit about Hawkings is a bit cheesy. However it is an actual quote from him, some years ago.
  • dom
    That was... boring.
  • Cream of Sum Yung Guy
    I've seen what the aliens look like. They'e tacos that poop ice cream...Yeah Stephen Hawkings sucks.
  • kidgamer
    I'm in.
  • blasphemer
    looks great...about time we got some realsitic sci fi...after all, if we actually do make contact and they have tecnology advanced enough to traverse the vast reaches of space, we really dont stand much chance at all of gonna take an ass whippin' but good... oh yeah, #86, f*** off...Stephen Hawking IS the smartest man on the couldnt stand in the same sunlight with him you jerk...
  • ya'll suck
  • Dravas
    Now all we need is will smith saying "Welcome to earth" and we have a movie. It has to be better than signs atlest.
  • Mir
  • John
    Ah more fear about E.T.'s to keep the masses afraid in coming in contact with other civilizations. Don't people get it, there's good people and there are bad people, wouldn't that exist on other planets too! Hawking's is wrong in generalizing, there's good aliens as well as bad!
  • Ellsworth
    WHAT!!! No Will Smith? Looks promising.
  • Peter
    This so much looks like independence day all over again...
  • lamar
    Stephen Hawkings is a douche! Although he had a point about Columbus.
  • meatcarnage
  • Bryan Zuluaga
    Terrible title for a movie...
  • ModernRock
    and G Force (Gatchaman) comes and saves the day,
  • Once more Great Poster … just one small critique .. why just human being pulled by the Alien Ship … I can't see cars or a any other objects a bike or a bag ... !!! …even a dog or a cat !!!! … πŸ˜‰
  • ces
    the ending to this was really unexpected wtf haha im intrigued
  • moon
    I'm sorry but this looks kind of lame. "Maybe we should have listened" come on
  • css18
    I agree with you Cody w #81. You have a room full of bitches that probably do little to contribute creativity in this world, complaining about how unoriginal everything is. As though the people that are putting their minds to use and pumping out these wonderful ideas owe them something. Nothing but a bunch of leeches that suck on others creativity and cry about being served the same dish twice. People like that are mentally cutoff, but it's not any of our problem. We move on and enjoy plenty of what life has to offer, while they bitch and moan about what life should offer them. It's like the idiots who cried how Avatar is like Pocahontas so therefore they shall not try to enjoy it, as though somehow they rise above everyone that does. Get a life people, or at least try to enjoy the one you have. Btw, Stephen Hawkings has contributed more to this world than all of you mentally amputated whiners combined.
  • Dee
    I agree with #50. I recognized the sound as Slipknot's Iowa when I saw the commercial, but I can't seem to find any link that connects the song to this movie.
  • Karey Luzinski
    Good report, well crafted I must say.




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