Hello, Major. Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks have revealed the first official photo from the upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie, marking the beginning of production with this debut. Here's the really cool part - Ghost in the Shell is filming down in New Zealand, using some of the same crews and stages as The Hobbit. Not only that, but they're working with Weta Workshop to design many elements of this sci-fi adaptation. Scarlett Johansson stars, and is seen in the first photo. The cast also includes Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott, Pilou Asbæk and Takeshi Kitano. "The production will broaden the perceptions of the diversity of New Zealand's locations by showcasing a science fiction urban setting in New Zealand." Photo in full below.
"Every particle of your body will be blown away!" Now this looks amazing! My kind of science fiction. MTV has also debuted a new behind-the-scenes featurette (in addition to Kong: Skull Island) for Luc Besson's Valerian, or Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan & Cara Delevingne. The video features MTV's Josh Horowitz on a tour of the Valerian sets in France, speaking with director Luc Besson about the production and the casting and everything. As a huge fan of The Fifth Element, I can't wait for this - big, gritty, futuristic sci-fi and it looks awesome. I love the outfits, and details like the little futuristic gizmo on DeHaan's neck. There are so many tiny things to pick up on in this footage - enjoy!
"She has arrived." Fox has unveiled a new 30-second TV spot for Independence Day: Resurgence that features a bit more of Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun, and has a fun moment with Bill Pullman as President Whitmore getting his own time with one of the aliens. The full cast includes Jeff Goldblum back as David Levinson, Jessie Usher as Dylan Hiller, Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A. Fox and Sela Ward. While there isn't much more revealed in this spot, I am still kind of excited to see this. I know it doesn't look as good as the original, of course, but it still looks like it might be entertaining. I love sci-fi epics. I want to see what kind of firepower they have this time, and so on.
Fight like hell. This isn't so much a live-action trailer as it is an impressive VFX cinematic trailer, but it's worth featuring anyway. This new trailer is for the latest version of the popular Doom video game and it's made by director Joe Kosinski (aka Joseph Kosinski), the same filmmaker that directed Tron Legacy and Oblivion. Kosinski has been working on a number of projects recently including the next Tron sequel, a Black Hole remake, a Gran Turismo movie, and Twilight Zone, but in the meantime he has partnered with Bethesda Softworks to work on this marketing for the video game. Fire it up below and enjoy some action.
"You lost the war before it was even declared, Colonel." This is awesome. While this is a fantastic 5-minute sci-fi short film, it's also an impressive proof-of-concept created by filmmaker David Karlak called Rise made to get his project into development. David sent an email out informing me that he has been working on developing Rise at Warner Bros since 2012 and they just now allowed him to debut this short to the world. The story is about sentient robotic beings created that become more advanced than the human race and end up fighting against human beings. This has outstanding VFX and will definitely get your attention.
"How would a proton pack work?" This is cool! Following the debut of the first official trailer for Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters, a new featurette has been discovered along with a new viral website. Hidden in one of the frames in the various math equations written out on the whiteboard is a web address leading to paranormalstudieslab.com. The site just contains various data and info and documents, so far all about the proton packs. The new featurette is also specifically about the proton packs and the people from MIT they brought in to design them to be as realistic as possible. The perfect compliment to that impressive first trailer, since the new proton packs are featured prominently throughout. Can't wait to see more from this.
"Someone is creating a device that amplifies paranormal activity. We might be the only ones that can stop it." Sony Pictures has debuted the first full trailer for Paul Feig's new take on Ghostbusters, starring an all-female set of Ghostbusters, and a male receptionist. Don't worry, this looks kind of awesome. No really, I'm impressed - you need to see this trailer. Ghostbusters stars Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, and Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, plus Chris Hemsworth as Kevin. They barely show anything with Hemsworth, but everyone else looks really good. It's sorta funny, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and it looks really cool - the ghosts are back. Enjoy!
"It's toxic… like human begins. I don't know what's going to kill to me - this filthy air? Or those fires that's eating me from the inside." Today's must watch short film is a martial arts sci-fi short called Temple, from director Nguyen-Anh Nguyen, the same guy behind The Akira Project previously. Set in the future where cybernetic enhancement as common, one desperate man fights another to take his bionic arm in order to help someone else who needs it to survive. There are some sleek visuals, and at least one okay fight scene in this. It's all designed to sell a full feature, so of course by the time it's over you still want to see more. Enjoy.
You'll Never See Him Coming… to Theaters in March of 2018. 20th Century Fox has confirmed a couple of release dates for two upcoming, highly anticipated sci-fi movies. First up, Ridley Scott's sorta-sequel to Prometheus, titled currently Alien: Covenant, has been shifted slightly to August 4th, 2017, more than a year away. That one will open against Blazing Samurai and Pitch Perfect 3, just a few months before Star Wars: Episode VIII. Next up, we just featured the teaser poster for Shane Black's The Predator, now we have a release date - March 2nd, 2018. That will play against the "Untitled WB Event Film" also set then, and a few weeks before Spielberg's Ready Player One opens. Should be a very exciting few years for sci-fi.
Finally, the truth comes out. No, 10 Cloverfield Lane is not a Cloverfield sequel. In fact, it has nothing to do with Cloverfield (the original 2008 monster movie), producer J.J. Abrams finally admits: "This movie is very purposefully not called Cloverfield 2, because it's not Cloverfield 2." However, what he's getting at here is the "bigger picture" concept behind why Cloverfield is in the title and what they're going for: "there is a bigger idea at play for us with these movies and this connection." Essentially, movies made by Bad Robot that end up with "Cloverfield" in the title or synopsis are part of a series of "monster movies" that deal with a big sci-fi threat - not specifically the same monster. Abrams finally cleared the air about what to expect.
"Some programmer screwed up somewhere." Vertigo Films has released the first trailer for Steven Gomez's Kill Command, a science fiction horror thriller about man eating machines pitted against helpless humans - pretty much. The film stars English actress Vanessa Kirby as some kind of cyborg, Danish actor Thure Lindhardt, plus David Ajala, Tom McKay, Bentley Kalu and Mike Noble as an elite unit of Marines that goes in for an exercise and discovers they're in for a death match with some very creepy, nasty robots. This looks kind of awesome! I'm actually looking forward to seeing this, nice surprise sci-fi discovery. The VFX are impressive - I'm kinda creeped out. Everything about it looks solid, might be entertaining. Identify!
This is a bit of a surprise considering we thought a sequel was on hold, but good news for those anxiously awaiting the next Pacific Rim movie. Deadline is reporting that Legendary Pictures has found a new director to take on the fantasy sci-fi action sequel Pacific Rim 2, leaving Gullermo del Toro free to work on other projects while the movie is still being made. The production company has hired Steven S. DeKnight to make his feature directing debut after creating the show "Spartacus" and working on other TV shows prior, including recently executive producing and writing for Marvel's "Daredevil" on Netflix. Del Toro confirmed the news on his Twitter, saying he met with DeKnight and they are on the same page as for what to expect.
"I don't understand what drives you. I would love so much to be able to live your life." It's rare we ever see a sequel to a short film, but this is one worth watching. Back in 2011 we featured a thought-provoking short called Lost Memories that addressed how this world is progressing into the digital realm. This sequel from filmmaker Francois Ferracci titled simply Lost Memories 2.0 follows up and takes place in an augmented-reality-filled digital world after the collapse of the cloud, now known as AC - "After Cloud". This sequel is much longer than the original (which was 2 minutes), running a full 15 minutes with some very sleek VFX work (see the breakdown). Rewatch the first short again and then give this sequel a watch below.
"Ya'll have no clue what you're dealing with, do you?" After earning excellent buzz at its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, Warner Bros has unveiled a new trailer for Jeff Nichols' sci-fi Midnight Special. The film stars Jaeden Lieberher as a boy named Alton with special powers, on the run with his father, Michael Shannon, along with Joel Edgerton. Also starring Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst and Sam Shepard. It's best not to say anything else, because this is a movie to go see knowing as little as possible before. I wrote a rave review from Berlin, saying the "film relies heavily on the mystery, the ambiguity of the world we live in, and how we don't/won't understand everything. But we can be awe-struck by it." Enjoy.