First Look: Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster in Sci-Fi Thriller Pandorum
by Alex Billington
October 19, 2008
Source: Quiet Earth, Entertainment Weekly
I would've expected an intense deep space sci-fi thriller with an impressive cast to have more buzz, but this is the first time I've even heard about this. Pandorum is directed and co-written by German filmmaker Christian Alvart, who just made the leap to Hollywood after directing the 2005 horror flick Antibodies. Starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, and Cam Gigandet, Pandorum is about a pair of crew members aboard a spaceship that wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities. Courtesy of this week's Entertainment Weekly, we've got our first look at two rather interesting stills from the film, as well as a poster made to sell it, all adding together as our first introduction to this oddly appealing sci-fi film.
Quaid explains: "There's nobody around, we can't get anybody on the radio. We can't even recall what our mission is." The second photo shows Ben Foster waking up (angrily) in his sleeping chamber. Additionally, we've added a small poster that was created as art to help sell the film, since it just started shooting a few weeks ago. The poster actually says "From the Makers of Resident Evil" (referring to Paul W.S. Anderson as producer) and includes the tagline "You Are All That is Left of Us" at the bottom. The image looks like the spaceship from the film, as far as I can tell so far. Very interesting details so far. What do you think?
Two crewmen awaken from hyper-sleep aboard a spacecraft. None of their equipment is working, and their memories are incomplete. What was their mission? How much time has passed? Where are they? Who are they? As they try to piece things together, they discover they are not alone, and the ship's new inhabitants - tribal warriors carrying crudely made weapons - are moving among them, intent on killing all aboard. As the space travelers unravel the frightening and deadly secrets the ship harbors, they realize the survival of mankind hinges on their actions. They must regain control of the ship before Pandorum takes over.
Actor Cam Gigandet actually talked about the film in an interview with MTV two weeks ago. Apparently it hasn't even start shooting yet, as he was just about to head off to Berlin to start filming at the time. He explains a bit more about the story, saying "they're trying to find a different place to live, basically, and things go horribly wrong. It's about them figuring out the problem." Gigandet also cryptically mentions that it "could be in the future, but it could not be," but I don't really know if that has any play into the actual plot. We'll bring you any more updates we can on Pandorum as soon as hear more - stay tuned!
Could be interesting!!! Sounds like Aliens with tribesmen, and Dennis Quaid is cool!!! Need a preview now
Matt on Oct 19, 2008
I love Sci Fi!!!
John on Oct 19, 2008
Poster reminds me of 80's scifi. Could be good.
vegeta on Oct 19, 2008
Sounds interesting and since it's starring Ben Foster, I look forward to seeing this.
Matt on Oct 19, 2008
I'm going to predict that this is 'The Village' in space
PimpSlapStick on Oct 19, 2008
Did you say W.S. Anderson? Forget it. Although I liked Event Horizon, Anderson doesn't have much substance.
Matt Suhu on Oct 19, 2008
oh yeah, and he totally fucked up AVP...that could have been a killer franchise, but he didn't have the intelligence to understand that the monsters weren't the only reason why Aliens and Predator 1 were so successful, but that both films had great military tactics and characters driving their respective stories that provided both coolness and kick-ass factors. AVP had none of that. Simply put...Anderson's a loser.
Matt Suhu on Oct 19, 2008
umm last time i checked Christian Alvart i directing this
nelson on Oct 19, 2008
Why is one of the actors giving away potentially big plot spoilers?
The Real Alex on Oct 19, 2008
tribal warriors hunting on a spaceship? need a trailer asap
harrison on Oct 19, 2008
tashawnda on Oct 20, 2008
twispious on Oct 20, 2008
mmm Quaiid and sci fi ..... Salty I likes it..
werdnafaz on Oct 20, 2008
This is a lot like a couple of early Dr Who stories in which the people on generation ships drift into two different psuedo races, it's also similar to the song PXR5 by Hawkwind.
Allan on Oct 20, 2008
Tribal Warriors in a Ghosts of Mars sort of way? That poster image of the ship looks amazing, will be good to see a bigger version.
Crapola on Oct 20, 2008
@14...agreed it does have that same kind of feel. My first thought was that there would be a big "Planet of the Apes" style reveal where we (and the heros) realize that the tribes hunting them are really just the generations removed children of the other crewmen who woke up in the ship hundreds of years earlier.
Joel on Oct 20, 2008
Damn, dude. This was sounding really good until you said "from the makers of Resident Evil".
kevjohn on Oct 20, 2008
MTv posted an old quote of Cam Gigandet because they started shooting in August and they are almost in post production now.
Kekoah on Oct 20, 2008
Oh, shit, not Paul W.S. Anderson again. He totally screwed the Resident Evil film franchise. That had potential to be the best video game based movie franchise and he sodomized it. I hate to say this because I enjoy Ben Foster acting like a crazy person, like in Alpha Dog, 3:10 to Yuma, and 30 Days of Night, but this is going to suck ass just because of Anderson. Nuff said.
JL on Oct 20, 2008
Sounds cool. A bit like Space Odyssey with the ship taking over (thats what Pandorum is, right?)
Ryan on Oct 20, 2008
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