Sam Rockwell's Moon Gets a Poster and Photo
One sci-fi project that I've kept a close eye on is a film called Moon starring none other than Sam Rockwell. The buzz for this movie first began at Sundance where it was determined that Rockwell's scruffy beard (see above) was grown for his role in this film. Since then we haven't heard much about this, but today we've got a few new updates. The guys at Quiet Earth have found the first poster and, although it's small, I love the design. We also have a few more plot details and I'm really liking the sound of it so far. This seems like yet another small scale sci-fi project in the vein of Solaris or Sunshine and hopefully just as good as both of those. Hopefully we get more media and a trailer eventually, but for now we'll manage with this.
We'll update this when we have a larger version, but for now this all we got. The second photo is the first still from the film as well. Thanks to Quiet Earth for both of the images.
Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the end of his contract with Lunar. He's been a faithful employee for 3 long years. His home has been Selene, a moon base where he has spent his days alone, mining Helium 3. The precious gas holds the key to reversing the Earth's energy crisis.
Isolated, determined and steadfast, Sam has followed the rulebook obediently and his time on the moon has been enlightening, but uneventful. The solitude has given him time to reflect on the mistakes of his past and work on his raging temper. He does his job mechanically, and spends most of his available time dreaming of his imminent return to Earth, to his wife, young daughter and an early retirement.
But 2 weeks shy of his departure from Selene, Sam starts seeing things, hearing things and feeling strange. And when a routine extraction goes horribly wrong, he discovers that Lunar have their own plans for replacing him… and the new recruit is eerily familiar.
Before he can return to Earth, Sam has to confront himself and the discovery that the life he has created, may not be his own. It's more than his contract that is set to expire.
Moon is being directing by Duncan Jones, also known as Zowie Bowie, the son of David Bowie. Jones is a former ad exec turned filmmaker with only one film under his belt, a sci-fi short from 2000 called Whistle. I really dig Sam Rockwell and I think this is a perfect indie vehicle for him, especially since he kicked so much ass as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Moon was looking for distributors at Cannes, but as far as I know hasn't picked any up yet. Hopefully the film will show at some festivals in the near future so I can check it out. We'll let you know once we hear more on this project!
Reader Feedback - 5 Comments
I remember this from the first posting you had about it back in February. It sounded like a lame concept. At the time I thought there was no way I'd be seeing this. This synopsis sounds great! My thoughts now is that there's no way I'll miss it. (unless I see reviews telling us Bowie screwed it up) I'm going to stop shaving now so I can show up at opening night in costume.
kevjohn on Jun 18, 2008
Sounds like an updated Silent Running...still very cool though. I'm liking these smaller independent sci-fi ever since Pi. They know they don't have the budget for effects, so they put their emphasis on character & story where it should be.
jason_md2020 on Jun 18, 2008
sounds like a mix of OUTLAND and SOLARIS. Super. Rockwell's the friggin' man
Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 18, 2008
People should begin to separate serious science-fiction movies like 2001, Sunshine and other from Star-Wars-like movies that are more fantesy and adventure than anything else.
predisposed on Jun 18, 2008
Dennis on Jan 1, 2009
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