"You're pretending to be me while I'm still alive?" RLJE Films has revealed the first official trailer for the indie sci-fi film Dual, the latest from American filmmaker Riley Stearns (of Faults, The Art of Self-Defense previously). This initially premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year playing in the main competition, but got pretty bad reviews from most critics who watched it. It's a very low key sci-fi in that has a "futuristic" concept involving cloning, but there's not much beyond that that is sci-fi about it. A woman opts for a cloning procedure after she receives a terminal diagnosis but when she recovers her attempts to have her clone decommissioned fail, leading to a court-mandated duel to the death with her other self. Let them fight! Karen Gillan stars opposite Karen Gillan, along with Aaron Paul, Beulah Koale, Maija Paunio, and Theo James. I saw this at Sundance and was hoping to love it, but I did not care for it at all. Not great. There seem to be a range different opinions on it, so have at it and form your own opinion as well.
"I am convinced we are inside a living machine." Paramount Pictures has revealed a new trailer for the 4K streaming re-release of the classic sci-fi Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This new version, dubbed "The Director's Edition", was originally finished and updated by filmmaker Robert Wise in 2001 before he passed away in 2005. He revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects, updating them for a more modern look. It was released then only on DVD, but never in full HD until now. Originally released in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture became the fourth highest grossing movie of the year and earned three Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Score. Featuring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and James Doohan. This really does look better than ever before! This trailer makes me want to revisit this as soon as it's out on Paramount+ for streaming this spring - a classic sci-fi movie that still rocks.
"It's not a super power… it's what's wrong with me." HBO Max has revealed the first look teaser trailer for their new adaptation of this beloved book - The Time Traveler's Wife. In a rush to fill up their servers with more and more content, they're adapting any and everything they can get their hands on. Much like the The Man Who Fell To Earth, this is another adaptation of a sci-fi book following a movie in the past. The Time Traveler's Wife movie, with Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams, originally opened in 2009. This new series stars Rose Leslie & Theo James as the couple dealing with the challenges of random time travel. It's not so much of a story about time travel as it is a romance about the difficulties of finding and staying in love. This looks quite lovely so far, Rose Leslie brings a genuine warmth to this first look. I'm curious to see more.
"Remember the Bermuda Triangle?" Disney has revealed a trailer for a new sci-fi series from France called Parallels, debuting for streaming in just a few weeks. This is actually set around the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, located right on the French-Swiss border. The lives of the four friends Bilal, Romane, Samuel and Victor are completely turned upside down when a mysterious event ensures tears them from their world and each of them finds themselves in a different parallel world. They do everything possible to understand what exactly happened and look for a way to return to their original timelines before alerting their futures. Starring Thomas Chomel, Omar Mebrouk, Jules Houplain, Jade Pedri, Naidra Ayadi, Guillaume Labbé, Gil Alma, Elise Diamant, Dimitri Storoge, Agnès Miguras, Maxime Bergeron, Victoria Eber, and Timoté Rigault. This trailer doesn't look as good as it should. It seems lke a wannabe Disney+ version of "Dark" but without the subtleties that make that show fantastic. Plus the English dub is just bad.
"They know where you are now." This looks cool! Show me more footage from this, please. An early promo trailer has debuted for an indie sci-fi short film called The Angkasa Legacy, written and directed by half-Indonesian, half-Polish filmmaker Soma Helmi who grew up on Bali. An Indonesian man discovers he has extraterrestrial abilities when a friend dies in his arms. An all AAPI romantic sci-fi. This is being pitched as a proof of concept, a way to develop something bigger with this concept as a jumping off point. I'm down. I wasn't expecting much, but this trailer got me! I'm very curious to see more. And I love the moody, Northern Lights-filled dream shots, it gives it some extra style and vibrance. The short film stars Yoshi Sudarso as Josh, with Lulu Antariksa, Miki Ishikawa, Peter Adrian Sudarso, Simmi Singh, Tania Gunadi, and Hana Wu. I hope this short film finds somewhere to premiere soon as it looks like it is worth a watch.
"Who sneaks onto spaceships?!" HBO has revealed the first official trailer for Moonshot, a sci-fi romantic comedy "with a twist" from filmmaker Christopher Winterbauer. So what is the wacky concept for this one? In a future where Mars is terraformed and colonized by the best humanity has to offer, two college students wind up joining forces and sneak onboard a space shuttle to the red planet in order to be united with their significant others. Cole Sprouse and Lana Condor star - plus Mason Gooding, Emily Rudd, Zach Braff, and Lukas Gage. This looks extraordinarily cheesy and so fake. It's not even entertaining fake, it's just bad. The concept is so obvious, they literally say it in the trailer - a metaphor for "if you find that person you would cross the entire universe for" that means something. But it all feels saccharine and extra campy.
"I'm asking you to come down here and explain yourself - because this world here isn't quite adding up." Amazon has unveiled the first teaser trailer for a sneaky sci-fi mystery series titled Outer Range, that's premiering on Prime Video for streaming in April. Created by Brian Watkins. So what's going on in this one? The series follows a rancher fighting for his land and family who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming's wilderness. "A thrilling fable with hints of wry humor and supernatural mystery, Outer Range examines how we grapple with the unknown." It all comes to a head with the arrival of a mysterious black void in the Abbotts' west pasture. Josh Brolin stars as Royal, with an ensemble cast including Lili Taylor, Tamara Podemski, Tom Pelphrey, Imogen Poots, Lewis Pullman, Noah Reid, Shaun Sipos, Matthew Maher, and Will Patton. Whoa! This looks like an update / reboot of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, about a family breaking down when they find something from… out there. So intriguing.
Angry sentient plants turn against humanity! Whoa! What a cool concept. ITN Distribution has debuted a new international trailer a for Chinese epic sci-fi survival movie called Restart the Earth. Following the immense success of China's Wandering Earth, it seems their epic disaster movie industry is getting bigger and churning out more projects year after year. When a drug to replicate plant cells creates a sentient form of a flower, the planet is over taken by flora and humankind is wiped out. A Chinese task force, a widowed father and his young daughter fight to survive in a mission to inject an antidote to the core of the plants to reverse their growth. They must "restart the Earth." This is totally a movie Hollywood would've made in the 90s, but now China is making all of these movies nowadays. As long as they're a hit in China, that's all that matters! Restart the Earth stars Mickey He, Mi Luo, Michelle Ye, Li Ning, Li Ruoxi, Ye Xinyu, and Huang Kai-Lun. This looks really bad, but also kind of looks amazing?! You just gotta see this for yourself.
"You're stepping into stratospheres of consequence." HBO has revealed an official trailer for a sci-fi thriller mini-series called DMZ, which will debut with 4 episodes on HBO Max later this month. Another surprise series that's ready to launch within weeks that we didn't know much about before. It's based on the Vertigo comic book series written by Brian Wood, with artwork by Wood and Riccardo Burchielli. DMZ leaps off the pages of the acclaimed graphic novel into the visual landscape of a dangerous and distorted Manhattan as one woman navigates a demilitarized zone in a harrowing quest to find her lost son. It's set eight years into America's Second Civil War, where the rule of law is basically dictated by the most powerful person at any possible time and that can change from block to block. The series ensemble cast features Rosario Dawson, Benjamin Bratt, Freddy Miyares, Hoon Lee, Jordan Preston Carter, Venus Ariel, and Jade Wu. This looks like it's a gnarly concept but the episodes might not be all the great, as if it's Thunderdome NYC.
"You know what you have to do: stop time travel from ever being invented." Netflix has revealed the full-length official trailer for The Adam Project, a new sci-fi adventure movie starring Ryan Reynolds. We featured the first teaser a few weeks ago after glowing reviews hit the web. A time-traveling pilot teams up with his younger self and his late father to come to terms with his past while saving the future. It doesn't sound like much, but the reviews are comparing this to Spielberg and Zemeckis. Ryan Reynolds teams up with a younger version of himself, confronting both his past and troubles growing up, while also saving the future. The cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Walker Scobell, with Catherine Keener, and Zoe Saldaña. From director Shawn Levy, who recently made Free Guy with Reynolds. I love the look of this, it's my favorite kind of geeky sci-fi movie. Can't wait to watch! It's landing on Netflix in a few weeks.
"That was extraordinary filmmaking, man." This documentary is finally releasing soon! Check it out. We've been posting a new trailer every year over the last few years (one in 2020, another in 2021) for this 80s nostalgia documentary In Search of Tomorrow, and it's finally out in April. Journalist / filmmaker David A. Weiner's follow-up to his doc about 80s horror In Search of Darkness, this focuses on the treasure trove of science fiction films made in the 80s. "A five-hour-long retrospective of '80s sci-fi movies featuring interviews with actors, directors, writers, SFX experts, and composers." This epic, four minute new trailer features a sampling of interviews spliced with footage from all of your 80s favorites including Star Trek, The Last Starfighter, Bill & Ted, Flight of the Navigator, Tron, BTTF, Weird Science, Starman, Innerspace, and many others. I hope this will be worth the wait! As long as the interviews are good, it should be worthwhile.
Whoaaaa! This looks awesome. There's a badass new project in the works from the two talented filmmakers Zeek Earl & Chris Caldwell, best known for turning their short into a feature film called Prospect (which we highly, highly recommend watching - it's on Hulu now). Their latest idea is called The Fringe, and it's essentially a new "sci-fi, cinematic universe" set in space following scavengers or freelancers called Drifters: miners, engineers, bounty hunters, trappers, mercenaries, gastrotechs. They've decided to dip into NFTs to try "new model of film financing that will put full creative control back into the hands of the film's artistic team." The NFT collection will be comprised of in-world characters called Drifters. "The NFT project will be an immersive narrative experience that will introduce fans to the universe in novel ways, creating a portal into the world’s lore via the art and other integrated mediums like an in-world compendium." Sounds cool. There's a teaser out for The Fringe now, and the VFX are top notch. I can't wait to see more, so far so good.