Towards the beginning of the year, we got our first look at Europa Report, a new original sci-fi project from Ecuadorian filmmaker Sebastián Cordero with District 9 star Sharlto Copley playing one of six astronauts who make the arduous journey to Jupiter's frigid, glacial moon Europa in search of extraterrestrial life. Since then, we've yet to hear anything on the project. Now a viral teaser trailer has surfaced with some snippets of footage from the film. Mostly the teaser serves as a guide to begin some sort of viral marketing for the film. But since the film doesn't have a release date, we're not sure what to expect.
We're not exactly thrilled about the new Gerard Butler surfing movie Chasing Mavericks, in which he essentially plays Bodhi from Point Break but without the bank robbing. But we won't fully judge it until it comes out, and in the meantime at least one cool thing is resulting from this project. Mashable points us to a viral video for the movie featuring two surfers who jump on motorized surfboards and take to the streets of New York, heading from uptown to Battery Park with the same slow-mo vibes and chill music normally found in real surfing videos. Remember "moto surf" from Surf Ninjas? This is a way cooler version of that.
"Are you fit to serve?" That's the big, bold black and white question on this brand new mysterious viral site located at a random IP address. There's nothing else on except a "Royal Secret Intelligence Service" logo, in connection with MI6, which runs the 00 branch. So how do you get in and what does it all mean? Well, thanks to FS reader Zane for linking me to a Reddit reveal of this new 007 viral ARG. Once you speak the secret password into your mic for "aural identity", the page will forward to a computer terminal which introduces a "British Intelligence Officer Exam" with questions, virtual missions and more. Are you ready?
Who doesn't like a little home town scare? This one will get you, if you're not paying attention. There's a new viral site for Scott Derrickson & Massawyrm's new film Sinister, which hits theaters this weekend, and it's rather creepy. The site makes a link to send to friends that opens a "news" article about a "Sinister Killing", with re-used text saying that "4 dismembered bodies were found in the backyard of a residential home" and so on. It's rather gruesome, but you can tell it's a bit creepy, cause even the news lady looks eerie. It's a freaky viral, but most of all a reminder that Sinister hits theaters this week if you're in the mood for horror.
"What if the sequel to this movie is not Alien but another movie entirely?" So where will they go next? Now that Ridley Scott's Prometheus has fully landed on Blu-Ray, fans are breaking it down further, dissecting its plot and searching for more clues about its connection to the Alien universe. However, that quote at the start comes from Damon Lindelof, and it hints that there's more to this specific story than facehuggers evolving from some black goo. In fact - what exactly is that black goo? One of the biggest questions brought up by fans after seeing it, but a newly released viral infographic gives answers to that mysterious question.
Go MU! Go MU! This is just plain ole amazing, and this is why I love Pixar. Starting promotion early for next year's prequel Monsters University, Pixar has just launched a new "viral" site for the movie and the setting it takes place. Whereas 2001's Pixar favorite Monsters Inc took place at the scare factory known as Monsters Incorporated, Monsters University takes place at, you guessed it, Monsters University, aka MU, or Monsters U or whatever lovable nickname you want to give this Pixar university. And yes, they've launched a full-fledged college website for MU complete with admissions info, testimonials and lots more.
We've already seen some great trailers (both domestic and international) and fun TV spots for Disney's animated Wreck-It Ralph, featuring the voice of John C. Reilly as an arcade game bad guy who just wants something more in his life. Even the video game in question is playable online and on various mobile devices. Now a cool retro commercial for Litwik's Arcade advertises the Fix-It Felix Jr. game back in 1982, and it hits the nostalgic nail on the head. I still remember games advertised like this on TV when I was a wee lad, and this takes me back to those days when being an adult was a dream instead of a nightmare.
"Dictated but not read." Well, what do we have here, Mr. Weyland? That ominous October 11th, 2012 date seen in the viral and end of the credits for Prometheus is fast approaching. But as many assumed, it's right around the DVD/Blu-Ray release date for Prometheus. However, with this release comes a lot of new reveals and surprises (like an Engineer reading books?). There's Easter Eggs, extended/deleted scenes that fill in a lot of the big gaps, and much more yet to be found. One intriguing discovery made recently is this - an odd, but nonetheless real, reference to Blade Runner (which Ridley Scott is making a sequel of) in some text.
Say No to Slo Mo! Or the Judges are going to come and throw you in an Iso-Cube. We're excited to announce that a new viral website for Dredd 3D, starring Karl Urban, has launched over at DreddReport.com. The site, which is a mirror of the Drudge Report site, contains lots of links, cheesy graphics like Drudge, and more connected with the futuristic world that Dredd is set in, mainly Mega City One. There's a few hidden links (or "Easter eggs") to find, plus there's an badass anti-Slo Mo PSA viral video to watch, which we've embedded below. As a huge fan of the movie and the world, this is a fun viral to compliment the marketing.
You Only Loop Once. Yesterday we reported that the Looper Network viral website, in connection with the new sci-fi film by Rian Johnson starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, had officially launched with the ability to sign up and make a Looper profile to later complete missions. In connection with the launch of the site, deliveries are being made to people around the world containing an initial message upon joining the Looper Network. Inside the package is a metal mini-sized brick inscribed with my own name and "Looper Network, Est. 2044" plus a mysterious pattern etching on the other side. Did they send this from the future?
Live the next 30 years, like only a Looper can. The high life is calling! Are you ready to become a Looper? During Comic-Con a month ago, we discovered a new viral site for Rian Johnson's upcoming sci-fi Looper, a site promoting the "Looper Network", the organization which manages all the Loopers, which Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of. At the time the site only had a placeholder, but with viral mailings being sent out, the site has launched in proper and now allows users to sign-up, become a Looper, participate in missions as well as win/receive prizes. While it's blatantly connected to the movie, this is still a pretty damn cool viral.
The Future is Now! When your film was made on a very small, independent budget, it's hard to get funding (and sometimes not necessary) for a big marketing campaign. What we get instead is a fun attempt at an online viral, but not as full-fledged as I would like. Jake Schreier's Robot & Frank is a fantastic sci-fi film, starring Frank Langella and his robot, that premiered at Sundance this year. Samuel Goldwyn picked it up and is giving it a release this month; we've seen a trailer. They just launched a fun tumblr blog for Robot & Frank that, so far, features multiple amusing sales photos of the VGC-60L robot from the indie sci-fi flick.
While we've all got our sights set on Neill Blomkamp's new movie Elysium, he's got another mystery project in the works, too. A few years ago, in late 2010, a random/mysterious viral video popped up in the digital version of Wired magazine showing some freaky, disgusting, mutated creature of sorts with the tag AGM Heartland. It was soon discovered it was a small, new, sci-fi mutation project from Neill Blomkamp, but not much more was known and we haven't heard anything else until now. MovieViral has found another new video from AGM Heartland, finally starting up this odd viral again, and now we know more about what it is.
Access (in?) the Future. When is that? How about 2044. Sony/Columbia recently launched an extremely well-made, kick ass new website for Rian Johnson's time travel sci-fi Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Discovered hidden within was a link to a new viral site, yet to be fully launched, for Looper, and specifically for Loopers, the mob men who receive and kill the mob's dirty work from the future. The location is a URL for Looper Network and the site only shows a badass skull logo and the note "Loopers Only" with a coming soon image. This is only just about to start, but it's worth keeping an eye on.