"I don't know if I'm on course… My ship isn't telling me." Where did this come from?! Vertical Ent. has released a trailer for a film called Approaching the Unknown, a sci-fi drama about an astronaut on a one-way solo mission to colonize Mars. Mark Strong stars as Captain William D. Stanaforth, and it's great to see Strong in a lead role. The cast includes Sanaa Lathan, Charles Baker, Anders Danielsen Lie and Harry L. Seddon, but this is really a one-man show. There are some crazy cool visuals in this trailer, his spacecraft drifting through weird anomalies in space, but it looks damn good. The line at the end - chills.
"As you know, it has taken a huge effort to get a big military base on the moon…" 20th Century Fox has released a viral video for Independence Day: Resurgence that features some of the cast and lots of new footage. The video is designed like a news segment from the "United World News" channel, and first takes a look back at the devastating events of 1996, when the aliens first arrived. Then it jumps ahead to a segment with Jeff Goldblum playing David Levinson, now running "ESD" (Earth Space Defense), who discusses the technology they've borrowed to improve their defense systems. In addition, Jessie Usher as Dylan Hiller, Angelababy as Rain Lao, and Liam Hemsworth as Jake Morrison are also featured. This is pretty cool.
Time to finally see an impressive short film I've been waiting years to feature here on FS. This short is called EVE and is made by a French concept artist turned filmmaker named Eric Gandois, making a strong first impression with this work. I originally got see the short in full two years ago, but it has been kept off the internet until now. The film stars Delphine Chaneac, seen in Vincenzo Natali's Splice, as a woman living in a future where there's barely any oxygen left and most of life on our planet has died off. It's entirely dialogue free and uses visuals and her performance to tell the story. I love discovering great work like this and featuring it, as this could be the beginning of an exciting filmmaking career for Gandois. Watch below.
"Should we take a look inside?" In honor of Alien Day, on April 26th, we're proud to debut one of the new prints being released by Bottleneck Gallery in NYC. In partnership with 20th Century Fox and Acme Archives, Bottleneck is hosting a sold out screening of Alien at Syndicated Bk on Tuesday and releasing artwork (other prints by Laurent Durieux and Chris Skinner). We get to reveal the art designed by Mark Englert for Alien titled "should we take a look inside" - a 12"x36" screenprint with glow-in-the-dark ink. This print is awesome, and the detail on it is incredible. And the good news is that the original version will be a timed release meaning anyone can buy a copy during the 24-hour on sale period opening for Alien Day.
"We convinced an entire generation that this is a battle we could win… And that's worth fighting for!" To celebrate Earth Day, Fox has debuted the second trailer for Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence. Funny enough, this has lots of footage of Earth being destroyed by malevolent aliens back after 20 years extremely pissed that we defeated their first batch of ships. Starring Jeff Goldblum, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A. Fox and Sela Ward. There's also a fun PSA from the Earth Space Defense with Goldblum talking about saving Earth. This really looks awesome, I can't wait to see it. Tons of destruction and humans fighting back.
Briefly: It's official! Universal and producer Frank Marshall have announced that Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona (full name: Juan Antonio Bayona) will direct Jurassic World 2. Bayona is currently finishing up work on his next feature, A Monster Calls, which looks fantastic and is also being distributed by Universal through Focus Features. At one point he was also set to direct the World War Z sequel, but it sounds like this will be next. No other specific details have been revealed beyond the fact that Bayona is directing. Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, commented on Twitter that he will be collaborating with Bayona on this sequel. Bayona broke out with the horror The Orphanage and followed that up with The Impossible.
"I can't stay away from you… I can't not be around you." A24 has debuted a full-length trailer for the sci-fi romantic drama from Drake Doremus called Equals, which first premiered at the TIFF and Venice Film Festivals, and is playing at the Tribeca Film Festival this week. The film is set in a futuristic society where crime and violence have been eradicated through elimination of human emotion, and those afflicted with emotions are "diseased" and forced to go on the run. Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult star, with Guy Pearce, Bel Powley, Kate Lyn Sheil and Jacki Weaver. This is all about the romantic angle, and they even use a pop song to play up the emotions further. I'm still curious to check it out despite mixed reviews.
"Believe it or not, I'm from the future and I've come here to try and save your life." Now this is something quite unique. How to Build a Time Machine is a documentary that follows two different men as they set out on a journey to build their own time machines. One of them is a theoretical physicist, the other is a stop motion animator, and they both seem inspired by The Time Machine book/original movie. This is a very small indie documentary - though I can't really tell if it's a mockumentary with fictional setups designed to feel real, or actually a real doc where they found two people who are really trying to build time machines. It might be the latter. Either way, this looks fascinating and intriguing and worth watching. Take a look below.
Whoa! Get ready to spend a lot of time on Pandora over the next decade. At CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas, James Cameron made a surprise appearance at the convention during the 20th Century Fox presentation. He was there to talk about the theatrical experience and how important it is to preserve that, but also took a moment to provide an update on Avatar. While we know they have been planning three sequels, Cameron admitted that they just kept writing more and more and now they are planning four Avatar sequels. The first one will be out in Christmas 2018, the next one in Christmas 2020, and the final two in Christmas 2022 and 2023. This is going to be one crazy epic sci-fi saga going head-to-head against Star Wars. Excited yet?
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.