Two of the biggest stars of the past few years may be heading to space together. After just learning at the end of last month that The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum was boarding Sony's gestating romantic drama in space called Passengers, it sounds like the studio is zeroing in on their leads. Names like Keanu Reeves, Rachel McAdams and Reese Witherspoon have flirted with the project before, but now Variety reports The Hunger Games franchise star and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is in early talks to take the female lead, while The Wrap reports breakout Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is also in talks.
Good or bad, the films of the writing/directing sibling duo, The Wachowskis, have always struck a chord of interest. Even their less respected works either present noteworthy, sci-fi questions or deliver cool, sci-fi extravaganzas for the senses. Jupiter Ascending is their film most deserving of deep deconstruction. It’s a messy film, one that seems to have been sadly cut to shreds by post-production meddling. Its frantic structure and goofy accents keep it on the fringe of landing as highly as many of their previous works, perhaps all of them. For all of its hokey details though, Jupiter Ascending is a true Wachowski sci-fi action adventure that fully delivers the heart-stopping excitement for which we’ve all grown to love them. Read on!
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "It can be difficult for people from underdeveloped worlds to hear that their planet is not the only inhabited planet." The new Wachowskis movie is here. In theaters everywhere is Jupiter Ascending, the spectacular new sci-fi space opera creation from Lana & Andy Wachowski (of The Matrix trilogy, Bound, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) starring Channing Tatum as wolf-hybrid Caine and Mila Kunis as Jupiter. Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth & Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in here, too. Is it any good? Or is it a mess? Are the Wachowskis doing well or in trouble? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending.
While Independence Day 2 is gearing up for production, with Liam Hemsworth being the latest potential addition to the cast of the sequel from director Roland Emmerich, one of the filmmaker's other properties getting the reboot treatment is making progress as well. As we learned last summer, Emmerich will be at the helm of a Stargate reboot, which is intended to be a trilogy, and now THR reports it will be Independence Day 2 writers Nicolas Wright & James A. Woods scripting the first film. The duo is relatively new to Hollywood, but it was their draft that got ID4-2 off the ground, so they must be doing something right.
"I'll take my science over your magic any day…" What if! We can dream, right? What if Batman, trying to rescue Superman, had to fight Darth Vader on the Death Star. This would make many movie geeks cream their pants if it actually existed, and guess what it, kind of does. Well, a few die-fans made a short film on YouTube that pits Batman vs Darth Vader and it's kind of awesome. This was posted last November and has already racked up 3 million views, but if you haven't seen it yet now is the time. There's a kick ass lightsaber battle, great costume and special FX work, and a solid score to top it off. I'm shocked how good this is, and how much I enjoyed watching it. This is the kind of amazing creation the internet has gifted us.
"What if there was a place… where nothing was impossible?" After debuting during the Super Bowl today, Disney has posted the full TV spot for Brad Bird's sci-fi Tomorrowland online for our repeat viewing. This is the first time we've seen any new footage beyond the first teaser trailer and the action clip at New York Comic-Con last fall. Britt Robertson stars as Casey, and she meets George Clooney as inventor Frank Walker, and together they end up embarking on a fantastic adventure to another time and place known as "Tomorrowland". This looks really, really good - one of my most anticipated coming up this summer. Enjoy!
"We have a new attraction. Think it’ll scare the kids?" After debuting during the Super Bowl, Universal has posted the full TV spot for Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World online and it's a must watch. After seeing the first Jurassic World trailer late last year, most of us are considerably excited for this, as it actually looks like it might be pretty damn good. While the VFX look far from finished, we do get more looks at the new dinosaur the Indominus Rex, and most of the characters: Chris Pratt as Owen, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire, plus Irrfan Khan. I'm actually much more excited for this now than I was after the first teaser, so that's a good thing. I just hope it's all coming together well and turns out awesome. Fire this up & watch out!
Yes! This is great news. Following his Oscar nomination, Norwegian director Morten Tyldum has lined up his next project - the sci-fi script Passengers written by Jon Spaihts. This films has been in development for years and years, it was one of the first scripts that Spaihts wrote, and has gone through numerous development changes. One version last year with "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk attached fell apart before it could go into production, but thankfully the project ended up at Sony with ambitious producers involved, giving it new life and preventing it from dwindling further. Now it's official - Tyldum is on board.
"Okay everybody…" Quite a mysterious, odd little trailer. The first teaser has debuted for the upcoming Sundance / Berlinale film H., from filmmakers Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia, about a town (specifically Troy, New York) that seems to go crazy after a meteor crashes nearby. The meteor moment is kind of in the trailer, but it's a very eerie setup. The narrative follows two different women named Helen, played by Robin Bartlett and Rebecca Dayan, who exist in a world "grounded in the fears of reality where subconscious tensions collide with the tempestuous forces of nature". I'm really not sure what to make of this film, but definitely curious about it. Take a look…? It's a bit weird, I will warn you, but can't deny that I'm intrigued.
After 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, are you still anxious to see what's happening in the infected world that Danny Boyle introduced us to back in 2002? Well, Alex Garland, the screenwriter of the first film and producer of the sequel, recently spoke with IGN and said that there are serious talks about getting 28 Months Later to happen again. There have been rumblings of the sequel ever since the second film hit in 2007, but development has been stagnant for a long time, but now Garland indicates that there's at least some new life in the project saying, "We’ve just started talking about it seriously. We’ve got an idea." Oh?
"Don't let people take away your potential, Chappie." Just after the second US trailer for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's latest sci-fi endeavor Chappie arrived last week, a new trailer from the United Kingdom has arrived that's completely different. This one actually takes cues from the melodramatic and sappy teaser trailer and mixes them with the more suspenseful, action-oriented tone of the second one. Personally, I'm not sure about this one yet, if only because it seems to tread a lot of the same territory that films like RoboCop, I Robot and more have already walked, and I was hoping for something more. Watch it!
"38 days ago your beacon disappeared from radar." Wow. Here's a fantastic space adventure sci-fi short to kick off the new year. From director Eli Sasich & writer Clay Tolbert comes a 9-min short called Atropa, about an "off-world detective" who investigates a missing research vessel adrift in deep space. It's described as a concept short, for a feature or series, inspired by "'70s and '80s sci-fi classics like Alien and Blade Runner." There's some excellent VFX work in this, and some great sci-fi concepts that do really show the potential of these filmmakers. I would definitely like to see more, it almost ends too short, right when I was really getting into it and things were getting interesting. But I will still say - this is one short not to miss.
Since it's 2015, we're going to get tons of Back to the Future related items throughout the year. Not only is that the year in which Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future in Back to the Future Part II, but it's also the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future. However, today we want to focus on the middle sequel, because Newsweek just did a feature story with "future consultant" Tim Flattery about some of the future technology that was imagined for the time traveling adventure follow-up. And with that story comes some concept art from Edward Eyth from items we never saw realized on the screen. Look!
From one galaxy to another. One tiny piece of news at the beginning of this year involves a screenwriter we've been following for a long time. His name is Gary Whitta and he just spent the last year working on the screenplay for the first Star Wars spin-off movie, the one due out in late 2016, being directed by Gareth Edwards. Before that he wrote the After Earth and The Book of Eli scripts, and also worked on numerous video games and other geek properties. Whitta has announced that he's moving on to develop an adaptation of Mark Millar's Starlight for 20th Century Fox next after finishing Star Wars, so he's set and ready to go.