Pandorum's Christian Alvart Adapting 'Captain Future' Sci-Fi
I'm not sure how many people actually saw Pandorum last year, the sci-fi horror starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, but I actually thought it was pretty good. I think director Christian Alvart has a great style, so although the story wasn't great, it was a visually stunning film. Quiet Earth recently learned that Alvart has obtained the rights and is currently working on a script for another sci-fi project - an adaptation of the pulp magazine Captain Future. Created in 1939 by Edmond Hamilton, Captain Future is an adventurer and scientist who roams the solar system solving problems, righting wrongs, and vanquishing futuristic villains.
Alvart confirmed this news with Quiet Earth and explained that he wants it to be a "big fun space opera for the whole family." Apparently he was a "huge Captain Future fan growing up" in Germany and sounds pretty excited about bringing this to the big screen. He hopes to "recreate that same sense of excitement that I had discovering space through the Captain's eyes. There are many smart and adult ideas in the franchise for grown-ups to enjoy, but this will definitely be something they can take their kids to as well." So it's not as dark and horrific as Pandorum, but what will it be like? Alvart drops a sci-fi name that gets me hooked.
"Like The Fifth Element, this will be a big budget science fiction movie developed and produced out of Europe with an international cast. Captain Future still has a huge fan base in countries like France (Captain Flam), Italy (Capitan Futuro) Germany and the UK. I know the fans will watch very closely where we take their beloved Captain and I hope they will be as excited about him conquering the big screen as we are now working in his universe."
The project will be an origin story, which makes sense considering he's not well known all around the world. Additionally, Alvart says the movie (and "the Comet", whatever that is) will be in 3D. He's so confident in this that they're already developing a sequel, titled Captain Future: Wizard of Science, that they'll fire up "if box office returns are promising." One way to guarantee that it'll be a success is to work with someone who knows how to market sci-fi better than Overture Films, who put out Pandorum. Alvart also got screwed by Paramount, who still (as far as we know?) hasn't ever released his first horror film Case 39. I don't know much about Captain Future yet, but I'm already looking forward to seeing this movie. Any fans out there?
Christian Alvart is a great director.
qweqwu on Mar 18, 2010
I absolutely loved the anime-TV-series in the 70s. "The Comet", that Alvart refers to, is Captain Futures starship, I believe. Looking forward to this.
Captain Deutschland on Mar 18, 2010
Pandorum was a good movie. The marketing on the film did not do it justice and may have turned most people off on the movie.
DaNorb on Mar 18, 2010
Yeah, the comet ist the ship.
badeboom on Mar 18, 2010
Does anyone actually care about these movies from long forgotten and quite lame properties? This is bottom of the barrel stuff.
Governor on Mar 18, 2010
I thought Pandorum was horrible.
People's Champ on Mar 18, 2010
so is this gone be like the anime? if not, i dont want!
Leon on Mar 19, 2010
watched Pandorum and was pleasantly entertained. Then I went back and looked up the trailers and posters for the film. No wonder it had such a terrible run at the box office! the marketing was atrocious. Not the smartest film ever, but definitely creepy and tense. Worth a watch.
Jackson on Mar 20, 2010
Fuck this. Just get a faithful live action version of Starblazers up and running. Desslok must rise.
Meh, Bleh on Mar 24, 2010
blizzard on May 8, 2011
Daft Punk soundtrack is a must for this kind of movie
blizzard on May 8, 2011
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