Second Trailer for Spy Series 'Citadel' with Richard Madden & Priyanka
"Right now, every agent around the world is looking for you two." Amazon has debuted a second trailer for their international spy series called Citadel, from the creators of the series "Zoo" before. Looks like it might be highly entertaining. A dash of sci-fi added into the mix of this Mission: Impossible-esque concept. Global spy agency Citadel has fallen, and its agents' memories were wiped. Now the powerful syndicate, Manticore, is rising in the void, planning to establish a New World Order. Can the Citadel agents recollect their past and summon the strength to fight back? The high concept streaming event is described as an "action-packed spy series with a compelling emotional center" made by Amazon Studios and the Russo Brothers' AGBO. Richard Madden stars as Mason Kane, Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Nadia Sinh, Stanley Tucci, Lesley Manville, Osy Ikhile, Ashleigh Cummings, Roland Møller, Davik Silje, Caoilinn Springall, and many others. They definitely want this to look and feel like James Bond and M:I but as a streaming series. This would be even better if it was a movie, though it also looks like so many other movies we've seen before.
Official Trailer for 'War of the Worlds: The Attack' Movie from the UK
"We don't know what they want, we don't know what they're capable of." Vertical Ent. has revealed the first official trailer for the new British take on this classic sci-fi story - a film called War of the Worlds: The Attack. A modern update on the H.G. Wells classic alien invasion story, the film follows three young astronomers tracking a meteorite that crashes into earth who discover they are at the epicentre of a Martian invasion. A soldier helps the trio and they end up in London where they must find a way to save mankind. Starring Alhaji Fofana, Lara Lemon, Sam Gittins, Leo Staar. The director, a VFX supervisor directing his first film, explains: "The idea was to create a modernized version of War of the Worlds while honoring and trying to stay as close to the original story as possible. It has nostalgic elements for the grown-ups and, at the same time, fresh storylines making it relatable for the younger audiences." Unfortunatley this looks like made for TV junk - the alien attack ships are legit, everything else seems cheesy. Wish it looked better.
› Posted on March 23 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 5 Comments
Impressive Indie Sci-Fi Film Trailer 'Colonials' Set in the Distant Future
"Bring me that Colonial!" Epic Pictures Group has unveiled an official trailer for an indie sci-fi film called Colonials, launching on VOD to watch in the US this April. It was previewed at Comic-Con last year and looks like it might actually be entertaining for anyone into epic interplanetary storytelling. A space colonist traveling from Mars crash lands on Earth after an attack from an advance Moon enforcer. When he wakes up, he becomes caught up in a movement to save a Resistance stuck in the dark ages – and the galaxy from human extinction. Colonials was directed by Andrew Balek and Joe Bland, for Bland Productions. Starring Greg Kriek, Sean Kanan, Daniel Roebuck, Jon Provost, and Allie Ayers Lindsey. This looks quite impressive, with a large scale concept and ambitious ideas - including intriguing designs for the spaceships & suits. It does look a bit like a video game, but I'm curious to see if it delivers the goods as a movie anyway.
Betty Gilpin as a Nun vs A.I. in First Trailer for Sci-Fi Series 'Mrs. Davis'
"You are the only person on the planet who can fulfill this quest!" NBC has released the official trailer for Mrs. Davis, a new sci-fi series launching for streaming on NBC's Peacock next month. This is screening at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival this week, hence the trailer dropping just in time for the premiere. Co-written by "The Big Bang Theory" writer Tara Hernandez and iconic "Mystery Box" writer Damon Lindelof, it's about Artificial Intelligence and nuns. Get ready…! Betty Gilpin stars as Simone, a nun who goes to battle against an all-powerful Artificial Intelligence known as "Mrs. Davis." This looks like it goes to some wild & crazy places - as seen in this footage. The series cast includes Jake McDorman as Wiley, an ex-boyfriend who also stands against the AI, Margo Martindale, Andy McQueen, Ben Chaplin, David Arquette, Elizabeth Marvel, and Katja Herbers. It seems like Lindelof's meta commentary on A.I. and Facebook, mashed up with wacky ideas - let's have a badass Nun fight the machines! Why not? I dig it, I'll be watching.
Inside Look Featurette for 'Extrapolations' Sci-Fi Series on Apple TV+
"It's an enormous theme played on an enormous stage, with very personal, small stories…" Apple TV has revealed a new behind-the-scenes featurette for their upcoming series titled Extrapolations, from writer Scott Z. Burns. We posted the intriguing main trailer for this a few weeks ago. "'We must save ourselves.' Take a closer look at how Extrapolations turned science into storytelling though small personal moments on a global scale." The series features "unanticipated stories of how the upcoming changes to our planet will affect love, faith, work and family on a personal and human scale." The series features a massive ensemble cast lead by: Meryl Streep, Sienna Miller, Kit Harington, Daveed Diggs, Edward Norton, Diane Lane, Tahar Rahim, Yara Shahidi, Matthew Rhys, Gemma Chan, Tobey Maguire, and tons of others. This promo video focuses more on the cast and the humanistic stories being told, rather than on the sci-fi or climate change disasters that will be disrupting the world in the future. I'm still excited to watch this series, I just want it to be harsh and honest about humanity's failure to address climate change, in addition to the hopeful aspects.
Watch: 'Attack of the Giant Bubbles' Sci-Fi Invasion Mashup Short Film
"Have you seen something strange in the sky these days?" They're coming, they're invading! Bubbles, giant white bouncing bubbles! Batten down the hatches, get the defense system ready. This amusing three minute sci-fi mashup is the latest creation from French filmmaker / editor Fabrice Mathieu (we also posted his In the Shadow noir short a month ago). Attack of the Giant Bubbles is a cinema mashup short film using the white bubbles from the 60s TV series The Prisoner and some footage from classic sci-fi films including: Forbidden Planet, Mars Attacks!, Moonraker, Space: 1999, Thunderbirds are Go. It also has a kind of Independence Day vibe. Just another fun video made by Fabrice - makes me want to watch all these.
› Posted on March 10 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments
Simu Liu & Sam Worthington in A.I. Sci-Fi Thriller 'Simulant' Trailer
"He didn't know that he was a SIM." Mongrel Media in Canada has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Simulant, made by filmmaker April Mullen. This Canadian production will be in theaters in Canada in April, then in the US this summer. A humanoid A.I.'s attempt to win over a widow's heart places it in the path of a government agent trying to stop the rise of machine consciousness. It's about an android that is reprogrammed to try and be more human to win back his ex-lover, but this puts him in the cross-hairs of the Artificial Intelligence Compliance Enforcement (AICE) agency. This plot is just a twist on Blade Runner pretty much, with Worthington as the Deckard character. The film stars Robbie Amell, Jordana Brewster, Alicia Sanz, with Simu Liu, and Sam Worthington (as the agent). The director adds this comment regarding the film: "In a very real near future, where technological advancements force us to reckon with our conceptual limitations around life, death and consciousness, how do we as humans push ourselves into the next stage of evolution?" Can we really co-exist with A.I. people? Only time will tell.
Official Trailer for Super Low Budget Sci-Fi Multiverse Film 'Interface'
"I think there may be a way to bring Michelle back…" Gravitas Venture has revealed the official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Interface, a very low budget creation from filmmaker Kemo Diatta (who goes by just "Kema" in this trailer). He is making his feature directorial debut, and co-wrote the script and also produced. This looks like one of the only other indie Multiverse creations aside from EEAAO, but it doesn't look it's any good at all. After tragically losing their father, two sisters try to save their estranged mother by tracking down an Interface machine across the multiverse that will allow them to go into her mind and bring her back from a coma. The indie stars Samm Wiechec, Makenna Perkal, Havon Baraka, Michael Sigler, Robyne Richards, Joshua Weyers, Andrew Vela, Daniel Fitzgerald, and Katie Kay. I'm all for clever sci-fi, but this looks like a student film that has ripped off so many other films it's not even funny.
International Spy Series 'Citadel' Official Trailer with Richard Madden
"I have seen you before… in a dream." Amazon has revealed an official trailer for a thrilling action sci-fi spy series called Citadel, from the creators of the series "Zoo" before. Streaming at the end of April on Prime Video. Global spy agency Citadel has fallen, and its agents' memories were wiped clean. Now the powerful syndicate, Manticore, is rising in the void, planning to establish a New World Order. Can the Citadel agents recollect their past and summon the strength to fight back? The show is described as an "action-packed spy series with a compelling emotional center" and "an expansive and groundbreaking global event comprising a mothership series & several local language satellite series" - apparently set in the Italian Alps, India, Spain and Mexico. Richard Madden stars as Mason Kane, Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Nadia Sinh, Stanley Tucci, Lesley Manville, Osy Ikhile, Ashleigh Cummings, Roland Møller, Davik Silje, Caoilinn Springall, and many others. This almost looks like it's borrowing the train sci-fi concept from Source Code and remixing it with Mission: Impossible & James Bond. Alas it doesn't look as good as any of those movies.
Dystopian Sci-Fi Series 'Silo' First Teaser Featuring Rebecca Ferguson
"What if everything you know to be true is one big lie?" Apple has revealed a quick teaser for an intriguing new sci-fi series titled Silo, arriving for streaming starting in May. This new title, Silo, is the same title as the book series it's based on - but the project was going with the title Wool initially while in production. Perhaps a reference to the "wool" being pulled over our eyes? "The truth will surface." In a ruined and toxic future, thousands live in a giant silo deep underground. After its sheriff breaks a cardinal rule and residents die mysteriously, engineer Juliette starts to uncover shocking secrets and the truth about the silo. The series stars Rebecca Ferguson as Juliette, with an ensemble cast including Tim Robbins, Rashida Jones, David Oyelowo, Common, Harriet Walter, Avi Nash, Chinaza Uche, & Iain Glen. This looks legit - I dig the entire setup and all of the shots of this huge "silo" they're living in. Is it just a giant metaphor for Plato's Cave? Is it just another Logan's Run update or something more nefarious? Very curious to find out.
Surviving on a Sea Outpost in Futuristic Thriller 'Last Sentinel' Trailer
"Why would they send us here… if there's no one out there?" Vertical Entertainment has revealed the first trailer for an intriguing sci-fi thriller film titled Last Sentinel, made in Estonia by an Estonian filmmaker named Tanel Toom. Here's the premise: set in the near future, a skeleton crew of soldiers is stranded at sea on an abandoned military outpost awaiting the arrival of reinforcements or an enemy invasion, whichever comes first. That's a good setup, I'm just curious where it's headed. Will someone save them? Will they kill each other first? (The most likely outcome.) What's going to happen to them… The film stars four people: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Kretschmann, Lucien Laviscount, and Martin McCann. I'm a sucker for these kind of sci-fi concepts that play with the ambiguous fear of "what's out there?" This has a few great "holy shit" shots in here, and I'm curious what this "device" is they keep referring to in the station. Maybe this will play nicely with Nolan's Oppenheimer? Looks a bit like the first a-bomb. Or is it something else…?
› Posted on February 28 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments
Thomas Haden Church is Searching for UFOs in 'Acidman' Film Trailer
"He thinks very highly of himself." Brainstorm Media has revealed an official trailer for an indie film titled Acidman, the latest from filmmaker Alex Lehmann - who also debuted another film, Meet Cute, last year. This film premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and is finally available an enitre year later. Maggie tracks down her estranged father Lloyd, now living in the Oregon wilderness obsessed with UFOs; together they attempt to make first contact. It stars Thomas Haden Church and Dianna Agron, with Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris and a doggie. This seems a like a rather sweet story about how the UFO nut dude isn't actually that crazy and might actually have some nice life lessons to offer us. Looks like a good indie! Enjoy.
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