Pandorum's Christian Alvart Adapting 'Captain Future' Sci-Fi
I'm not sure how many people actually saw Pandorum last year, the sci-fi horror starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, but I actually thought it was pretty good. I think director Christian Alvart has a great style, so although the story wasn't great, it was a visually stunning film. Quiet Earth recently learned that Alvart has obtained the rights and is currently working on a script for another sci-fi project - an adaptation of the pulp magazine Captain Future. Created in 1939 by Edmond Hamilton, Captain Future is an adventurer and scientist who roams the solar system solving problems, righting wrongs, and vanquishing futuristic villains.
Alvart confirmed this news with Quiet Earth and explained that he wants it to be a "big fun space opera for the whole family." Apparently he was a "huge Captain Future fan growing up" in Germany and sounds pretty excited about bringing this to the big screen. He hopes to "recreate that same sense of excitement that I had discovering space through the Captain's eyes. There are many smart and adult ideas in the franchise for grown-ups to enjoy, but this will definitely be something they can take their kids to as well." So it's not as dark and horrific as Pandorum, but what will it be like? Alvart drops a sci-fi name that gets me hooked.
"Like The Fifth Element, this will be a big budget science fiction movie developed and produced out of Europe with an international cast. Captain Future still has a huge fan base in countries like France (Captain Flam), Italy (Capitan Futuro) Germany and the UK. I know the fans will watch very closely where we take their beloved Captain and I hope they will be as excited about him conquering the big screen as we are now working in his universe."
The project will be an origin story, which makes sense considering he's not well known all around the world. Additionally, Alvart says the movie (and "the Comet", whatever that is) will be in 3D. He's so confident in this that they're already developing a sequel, titled Captain Future: Wizard of Science, that they'll fire up "if box office returns are promising." One way to guarantee that it'll be a success is to work with someone who knows how to market sci-fi better than Overture Films, who put out Pandorum. Alvart also got screwed by Paramount, who still (as far as we know?) hasn't ever released his first horror film Case 39. I don't know much about Captain Future yet, but I'm already looking forward to seeing this movie. Any fans out there?