After raising $50,000 on Kickstarter, filmmaker Mischa Rozema and his buddies from an Amsterdam production house called PostPanic made a short sci-fi film called Sundays, and it went viral online on Monday. Well, the short created a frenzy in Hollywood as Deadline reports at least three studios weren't fighting for the rights to the short, as well as the talent that is Mischa Rozema, and Warner Bros. came out on top with a deal to turn the short into a feature film. This is the new way to break into the exclusive club that is Hollywood, and it's undoubtedly a dream come true for Rozema and his team. Wanna see the short?
There's another remake of an 80s sci-fi property on the way to the big screen. THR reports the Alien Nation, the film from Aliens and "The Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd, will get the remake treatment from 20th Century Fox. As of now, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who wrote the first film in the Iron Man franchise, launching Marvel Studios cinematic universe, will write the film, but there's no director or producer on board just yet. The original film took place in the near future at a time when humans and a race of aliens are forced to co-exist, though people of Earth treat the visitors like second class citizens.
As of now, we still know very little about Star Trek 3 when it comes to the story. What we do know so far is that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin will all be back on the Enterprise, with Pegg pulling double duty as co-writer of the script with Doug Jung. Getting behind the camera this time is Justin Lin of the Fast & Furious franchise, which has certainly raised some eyebrows. And now it's time for the supporting cast to get filled out, including the new villain for the sequel, and Variety has word that Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark Wold star Idris Elba is in talks for the key role.
Next month we'll see how Daniel Espinosa fares with his latest thriller Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace (watch the trailer right here). But the director of Safe House is already looking ahead to his next project, and it's going to take him into the realm of sci-fi. The Wrap reports that Espinosa is in talks to be at the helm of Morningstar, a secretive sci-fi flick set up at Warner Bros. Pictures. Details are being kept under tight wraps, but the script from David Birke is said to have the potential for some world-building (which means potential franchise) and has a story in "the tradition of a Cold War thriller."
Big news! Remember that awesome proof-of-concept teaser called The Leviathan we posted a week ago? It attracted some attention and now has two more major producers working on it. Deadline is reporting that fellow sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp (of District 9, Elysium and Chappie) is joining the creative team to develop as executive producer, plus screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (of This Means War, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four) will produce the project. Ruairi Robinson, the director behind The Leviathan, wrote on Twitter that he "could not hope for a better team to do this movie with." Hopefully this means the short proof will actually be made into an entire feature, because I already want to see more of it.
There was a little bit of an uproar following the announcement of a new film in the Alien franchise from District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp. It wasn't because the film was being made necessarily, but moreso because he said this new film would share DNA with Alien and Aliens, and then this new film would come next. That implied that he would basically ignore Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, for better or worse. But he's since backtracked saying, "I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection," but it will just be more connected to the first two films. But now he's being asked about Prometheus too.
Artificial intelligence seems to be a popular topic in science fiction these days–between giving life to a robot in Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, to extending life in Wally Pfister's Transcendence. The latest A.I. tale is Ex Machina, the feature directing debut of sci-fi screenwriter Alex Garland, whose past work includes 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. How does he fare bringing to life his own script? Better than expected. Ex Machina is an engaging, amusing sci-fi thriller that literally asks provocative questions, with smart lines of dialogue that touch upon fascinating, honest topics. Garland digs deep with this movie, bringing up questions and concerns about artificial intelligence that not many others have really addressed.
Later this year we'll get another sci-fi flick from director Ridley Scott, and we're hoping it's better than Prometheus. This time there's not the pressure of fitting into the Alien universe and living up to the hype as The Martian is based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir. Shooting is underway with the film slated for release this fall, and Weir himself seems to be involved on the set, or at least visiting the production as he's just posted a playful photo with Matt Damon. And if you look in the background, you can see a practical Mars rover on the set as well. It's hardly an official look at the film, but it's cool to see.
"By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds…" This is awesome. We've been following Irish director Ruairi Robinson for quite some time, as he was once attached to the Akira movie (see his concept art), made that fantastic robot short Blinky, and his first feature was the sci-fi Last Days on Mars (which I wasn't a big fan of, but oh well). His latest project, or at least one of them in the works, is called The Leviathan and a proof-of-concept short teaser has just debuted online. It has kind of a Dune meets Pacific Rim vibe, with a group of "involuntary" hunters out capturing a giant flying alien beast to harvest its eggs. I love the camera work in this, and I really want to see the rest of the movie right away. Join the hunt.
"What would happen if all the geniuses actually decided to change the world?" If the most recent trailer for Tomorrowland was still a little too mysterious to convince you to see the movie, then this new trailer from Japan should do the trick. It's comprised almost entirely of footage not seen in the latest US trailer, explaining much more of the story, including who gives Britt Robertson the pin we've seen in the trailers, and some talk from Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key about Disney's actual Tomorrowland and how the geniuses and inventors in the theme park's attraction tie in to this fantasy, future world. If you're already convinced to see this movie, I wouldn't watch this trailer though, so it's entirely up to you. Watch?
It's been a couple years since we heard anything about a sequel to TRON Legacy, the 2010 sequel to the classic 80s sci-fi adventure TRON. At the time, the project was said to be on the fasttrack, but here we are without any solid development being reported. However, we might get some news sooner than we think if a report from Vancity Buzz (via Badass Digest) is to be believed. They say that Disney has greenlit what will the third film in the TRON series and filming is already being schedule to begin in Vancouver at the beginning of October of this year with Garrett Hedlund being the only cast member confirmed to return.
"I'm going to fight my way out of this world!" There seems to be an oncoming trend with sci-fi involving virtual worlds, e.g. Second Life, most likely thanks to growing interest in virtual reality via Oculus Rift. A new short film called Immersion, written & directed by Raphael Rogers, has debuted online and it's a techno-thriller (though I probably shouldn't call it that) kind of inspired by The Matrix and Tron, about a virtual gaming platform called "Immersion". This 7 minute sci-fi short starts out pretty good, then gets a little choppy in the second half, almost as if he's trying to give us hints at a bigger story in the full-length feature. Which may be what's really going on anyway, another unique short hinting at the potential of more. It looks pretty cool and I'm intrigued by the premise, though I wish the story in the short was a bit clearer.
Even though Edge of Tomorrow, or Live Die Repeat as it's been rebranded, didn't do well at the theatrical box office, it's thankfully found the audience it deserves on home video. The film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt isn't just another sci-fi blockbuster as it takes the familiar Groundhog Day premise, delivers some killer action but also throws in a surprising amount of comedy. Now a fan of the film has decided to create an infographic charting every single time William Cage (Cruise) dies in the film. Keep in mind, these are only the deaths we see as much more time and deaths pass off camera. Look below now!
It's not a special anniversary for the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, but that's not stopping the theatrical re-release of the film in the form of Blade Runner: The Final Cut. In case you didn't know, there have been seven versions of the film delivered over the years with the last one being released in 2007. So far, it's only played on the big screen at film festivals in Venice and New York as well as theatrical showings internationally before hitting home video. Now the United Kingdom is getting a theatrical release this spring and a cool, contemporary trailer for the film has just been unveiled. Perfect timing since the sequel was just confirmed with Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard under the direction of Denis Villeneuve. Watch!