"We're fighting simultaneous attacks in the last metropolitan areas." Sony has finally debuted an actual trailer for the sci-fi fan film The 5th Wave, which has been marketed and designed from the start for the fans of the book series. The 5th Wave is the first movie adapted from The 5th Wave series of science fiction books, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a girl in the middle of an alien invasion trying to find her missing brother. The cast includes Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Nick Robinson, Maggie Siff, Maria Bello and Ron Livingston. They're trying to push this as the next big sci-fi alien invasion thriller, but it looks like a cheesy mash-up of Independence Day and Falling Skies, or something like that. Not really my kind of sci-fi. You?
After the end of the world she thought she was alone. She was wrong. Now playing in select theaters in the US is the post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama Z for Zachariah, starring Margot Robbie as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. Set in a secluded valley following a nuclear holocaust, the film follows Robbie as a lone survivor keeping a farm maintained to survive. Suddenly she comes across Chiwetel Ejiofor, and takes him in. Later, Chris Pine finds them, and it becomes an interesting relationship at the end of the world. To promote the film's opening, Mondo has unveiled a new poster by artist Marc Aspinall. I always like seeing unique posters that imagine things differently. For example, the logo on this is cool. See this film! It's good.
Our adventure is just beginning. Whoa! This is awesome. Fox has debuted an intriguing new promo video for Ridley Scott's The Martian, featuring real-world astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson examining and discussing the Ares 3 mission to Mars. With all the footage we've seen it looks like they're trying to make this as realistic as possible, as if this mission was actually taking place. And I love that angle because it really does make this feel more real, and like it's actually possible. This video delves into the ideas about Mars and why we want to go there, and how we're going to get there. It's a very nice primer for this movie.
This is impressive. While Neill Blomkamp is off working on his version of an Alien movie, let's try not to forget that Chappie was released this year. Whether you liked the film or not, there's a lot that Blomkamp does as a sci-fi director that should be admired. Whether it's the way he seamlessly integrates sleek CGI into practical scenes, or tries to create entirely CG characters and make them feel completely real. That's a lot harder than it sounds, and thankfully there's a few VFX teams that help him pull this off. One of the VFX houses responsible for a large chunk of the main work on Chappie was Image Engine, a Vancouver based agency. This 4-minute reel shows how they went from blank plates or actual shots with Sharlto Copley in costume to the final footage with the robot. There's some impressive work on display in here, so take a look.
Omaze has launched another short new promo video from the set of Star Trek Beyond. This one is special though, it's a tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy from the entire cast and crew of Star Trek Beyond, being directed by Justin Lin. We've already featured a number of these Omaze Star Trek mini promos before, but this one is worth seeing for all the footage of Nimoy and the love they have for him. The video features most of the cast and is narrated specifically by Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in this new Star Trek series. The rest is all about collecting money for a charity Nimoy supported, so take a look. Live long and prosper.
Don't mess with Katniss. As noted by the marketing team at Lionsgate, today marks the fifth anniversary of the original release of Suzanne Collins' final Hunger Games book that ends it all, Mockingjay. To keep fans excited for the upcoming release of Mockingjay - Part 2, Lionsgate has launched yet another new viral "microsite" located at Squad451. Found on there is a giant promotional banner for the movie, featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Sam Claflin as Finnick, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Natalie Dormer as Cressida, plus a few others. Katniss stands defiantly atop a demolished, fallen statue of President Snow, which is the coolest part about this banner. View in full below.
"I'll never stop fighting to make it home." This is easily one of my most anticipated movies coming up this fall, so I'm happy to keep posting some cool promos. This time it's another new TV spot (following the latest trailer) for Ridley Scott's sci-fi The Martian, starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney, and the spot comes in at 60 seconds. There's lots of new footage, lots of old footage, everything together making this look absolutely amazing. Of course, we should be cautiously optimistic since it is Ridley Scott, but at least there are some cool FX, and Watney's story seems worth exploring. Co-starring Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Enjoy.
"What does it mean to be human?" Whoa. Get ready for an intense psychological deep dive into the human mind with this sci-fi thriller from Sweden. Filmmakers and friends of the site Andreas Climent & André Hedetoft (they also made that short Double Trouble) have debuted the very first teaser trailer for their first feature film titled Origin. The story involves a couple of young ambitious scientists trying to figure out how to slow down the aging process at the cellular level, testing it on one of their friends. Of course, things start to get a bit crazy. Starring Emelia Hansson, Rikard Björk, Rafael Pettersson and Sandra Redlaff. This actually looks really good. I admire the cinematography, and I'm intrigued by the story. Take a look!
"The Flare - be on the lookout. If you see the signs, report to us immediately." Fox has debuted a fun, short little promo video for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. This animated promo shows what happens when you catch the "Flare Virus", which is the fictional virus that infects people and turns them into weird
zombie undead like creature things. If you've seen the most recent trailer, you've seen what people become after being infected, and it is kind of a bit like a hyper-zombie. I just like to see this stuff made and released to the public, as it's a fun and smart way to build the world the film takes place in. In theaters next month.
"If I can't figure out a way to make contact with NASA, none of this matters anyway." 20th Century Fox has debuted the second fantastic trialer for Ridley Scott's new sci-fi The Martian, starring Matt Damon as a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars. This trailer plays in reverse, starting out with Damon being trapped on Mars by himself, trying to survive. Eventually we learn they're coming back to get him and it's that mission we follow as he learns to survive. Everything about this looks amazing, I'm seriously very excited for this - the story, and the performances, and more harrowing space travel adventures. The huge cast includes Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Mackenzie Davis, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover & Chiwetel Ejiofor. Fire this up! We're coming for you Watney!
"I live, I die. I LIVE AGAIN!" Time to check your bank account balance. Mondo has announced a timed sale next week, meaning it will be very easy to get your hands on any of these prints if you really want one. The new prints are for Mad Max: Fury Road, licensed officially with Warner Bros, made by two different prominent veteran Mondo artists - Ken Taylor and Mike Mitchell. Mitchell's set features a face-to-face dyptich showing the new Max Rockatansky, played by Tom Hardy, with this face mask on - looking across at the brutal Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne. The other print shows the war party chasing down Max on the front of the car in the beginning, with a beautiful blue sky in the background. I might end up actually ordering one of these myself, we'll see. Take a look at both prints below - on sale on August 11th.
"Shine light where there is darkness." Another filmmaker we've posted many shorts from previously on this site has made the leap into feature filmmaking, and is set to direct his first movie called Origin Unknown. ScreenDaily made the announcement this week, reporting that work is already underway on producers Parkgate Entertainment and IAM Entertainment’s "UK sci-fi thriller" being directed by Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull. HaZ is the name behind the shorts Sync, Project Kronos and I.R.I.S., and he's also worked as a VFX supervisor on a number of other projects. The script is being written by Gary Hall, from a story by Dulull.
Briefly: It's official. Steven Spielberg is directing the Ready Player One movie next, adapted from Ernie Cline's bestselling novel about a dystopian future where a video gamer challenges the world to a match of pop culture wits. (I loved the book.) Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures today announced that production is coming together, starting up later this year, and they even have a release date. Warner Bros will open Spielberg's Ready Player One on December 15th, 2017, a little over two years from now. The film is being produced by Spielberg; Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner; Dan Farah; and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger; with Bruce Berman serving as executive producer. We'll be hearing much more about this as they begin to cast and start pre-production.
Meet the crew of the ARES mission to Mars! From astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, to commander Melissa Lewis, played by Jessica Chastain, to pilot Rick Martinez, played by Michael Peña, to flight surgeon Christopher Beck, played by Sebastian Stan. There are a few more, but they don't make it into this video. In promotion for Ridley Scott's The Martian movie, which looks fantastic (see the first trailer), Fox has launched another viral video teaser. The description explains: "NASA offers a declassified look at the psychological testing involved in preparing the ARES 3 crew for their journey to Mars." It's a fun little viral video, and likely another tease for another trailer coming soon. Excited for this movie. See below.