So many movies, so little time.
I saw trailers for Pi and Frankenweenie over the weekend, while watching
Prometheus. Pi looked interesting. Frankenweenie- can you say Pet Semetary?
The Host- hmm, Puppet Masters, anyone?
Noah. Jennifer Connelly. No more needs to be said.
Anything with Adam Sandler is right out.
Also, unfortunately, saw the trailer for The Watch.
It does look as if there are some good ones coming up, though.
On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM, Dennis Fischer <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> June 27th, 2012Top Story
> Upcoming Science Fiction a
> June 27th, 2012Top Story
> Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies That Aren't Remakes, Sequels or
> By Charlie Jane Anders
> They're rebooting Spider-Man. They're remaking Total Recall. Sometimes,
> you're in the middle of summer movie craziness, it can seem like every
> movie is
> based on an already-existing movie. But that's not really true — there are
> actually tons of genre movies in development that are new concepts, at
> least as
> far as the movies go. Some of them have already finished filming, while
> will never get made.
> Is any of them the next Inception or District 9? We'll find out when you
> do. But
> here's our round-up of 50-odd science fiction and fantasy movies in the
> that aren't sequels, reboots, remakes or prequels of existing films.
> Thanks to
> reader Adam J. O'Donnell, who asked us on Twitter for a list of this sort.
> Top image: Cloud Atlas.
> There's no way this list can be exhaustive, especially for projects that
> still in development hell — so please share with us in the comments
> we've forgotten!
> Book/Graphic Novel Adaptations
> Cloud Atlas
> What it's about: An adaptation of David Mitchell's genre-blending novel
> featuring six different storylines, taking place in the past, the present,
> future, and the far future. Starring Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, and tons of
> Status: Coming out in October.
> Prognosis: It sounds as though they've at least tried hard to do justice
> to the
> incredibly challenging source material.
> Life of Pi
> What it's about: Ang Lee adapts Yann Martel's magical realist novel about
> a boy
> in a lifeboat, with a handful of animals. And they visit a strange island.
> Status: Coming in November.
> Prognosis: Ang Lee has almost never let us down before.
> World War Z
> What it's about: Max Brooks' novel about the zombie apocalypse becomes a
> splashy action movie starring Brad Pitt, directed by Quantum of Solace's
> Status: Postponed until next year because of what are reportedly huge
> with the third act. Damon Lindelof has been brought in for massive
> Prognosis: The best we can hope for is probably a fun generic zombie movie,
> since it apparently has little to do with the book.
> Dinosaurs & Aliens
> What it's about: A Grant Morrison graphic novel (in the works) about
> fighting aliens, being adapted into a movie by Men in Black's Barry
> Status: There was a sneak peek as part of Free Comic Book Day last month.
> Sonnenfeld told us they're about to try and sell the project in Hollywood.
> Prognosis: Grant Morrison creating a whole alien culture sounds like reason
> enough to be interested.
> The Host
> What it's about: Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) adapts Stephenie Meyer's
> project, about alien parasites who rule the Earth after a successful
> Status: Already done, coming out March 2013.
> Prognosis: We actually kind of liked the book, despite some major problems
> — and
> this dystopian fake-happy world is right up Niccol's alley.
> What it's about: Another adaptation of a comic book you probably haven't
> of. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are dead cops, fighting zombies.
> Status: Coming out June 2013
> Prognosis: It sounds pretty fun, if gimmicky — sort of like Men in Black
> Ghostbusters mashed together.
> The Seventh Son
> What it's about: An adaptation of Joseph Delaney's The Spook's Apprentice.
> featuring Jeff Bridges in a mentor role, the titular Spook.
> Status: Coming October 2013.
> Prognosis: Sounds sort of like the Nic Cage Sorcerer's Apprentice, but
> Jeff Bridges as Master Gregory is a huge, huge boost.
> Ender's Game
> What it's about: The movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's famous novel
> about a
> boy genius who goes to a very special school during a war against alien
> Status: Coming out in March 2013.
> Prognosis: The makers of the film seem to be going to crazy lengths to be
> to the novel, while also making something that looks cool. So fingers
> Jack the Giant-Killer
> What it's about: Bryan Singer's long-delayed film about a boy (Nicholas
> who unwittingly opens a portal and unleashes a race of giants, who want to
> reclaim the Earth. Loosely an adaptation of the fairy tale.
> Status: It was supposed to come out this summer, but was delayed until
> Prognosis: A movie being delayed — especially from the summer to the
> spring — is
> never a terribly good sign.
> Hansel and Gretl: Witch Hunters
> What it's about: Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are the stars of the
> fairy tale, now grown up and killing witches.
> Status: Like Jack the Giant Killer, it was delayed until next year, in
> this case
> Prognosis: It's Jeremy Renner in black leather. Sorry, were you asking
> about the potential quality or lack thereof of this film?
> Warm Bodies
> What it's about: An adaptation of Isaac Marion's novel about a zombie
> again) who falls in love with the girlfriend of one of his victims.
> Status: Coming February 2013.
> Prognosis: Directed by 50/50 director Jonathan Levine, so at least it
> should be
> pretty stylin.
> Click to view John Dies at the End
> What it's about: The gonzo novel by Cracked.com's David Wong about a weird
> called "soy sauce" gets a movie adaptation starring Paul Giamatti. Thanks
> everyone who reminded me of this one in comments!
> Status: It's done the festival circuit, no release date yet.
> Prognosis: The buzz from Sundance and other festivals was really strong.
> What it's about: Steven Spielberg adapts Daniel H. Wilson's novel about a
> uprising, complete with lavish battle scenes.
> Status: Coming in 2014, but filming hasn't happened yet — so anything could
> Prognosis: If it actually happens, the robot carnage should at least look
> amazingly sweet.
> What it's about: Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Fountain) adapts the
> story of Noah's Ark, with Russell Crowe and a cast that might include Emma
> Watson and Jennifer Connelly. Aronofsky also co-wrote a Noah graphic novel
> Status: Currently in the casting stage, with lots of announcements coming
> and furious.
> Prognosis: Aronofsky reportedly wants this film to portray Noah as "the
> environmentalist." At the very least, the scenes of global flooding could
> Odd Thomas
> What it's about: Anton Yelchin stars in the adaptation of Dean Koontz's
> series about a guy who can talk to the dead, and who has an instinct for
> Status: Totally done, although there's no release date yet.
> Prognosis: We talked to Koontz recently, and he said it was the first time
> been happy with the movie version of one of his books.
> What it's about: Splice director Vincenzo Natali was officially attached to
> adapt William Gibson's ground-breaking novel about the sprawl, artificial
> intelligence, hackers and intrigue.
> Status: There hasn't been much news lately and Natali is busy directing the
> horror film Haunter (see below.) But sometimes it just takes a while to
> get a
> script everyone is happy with.
> Prognosis: If it actually gets made, it would probably be a fantastic ride.
> Fingers crossed.
> Snow Crash
> What it's about: Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) will adapt Neal
> novel set in a corporate-dominated near future, in which Hiro Protagonist
> investigates a potent new drug that infects users with a computer virus.
> Status: Cornish's signing was just announced, so it's way too early to
> tell yet.
> Prognosis: After Attack the Block, we're excited to see Cornish do
> more ambitious.
> Ready Player One
> What it's about: Warner Bros. won an auction to adapt Ernie Cline's novel
> a video game nerd who goes on a quest through a 1980s-themed virtual world
> the future.
> Status: There's lots of speculation about director and casting, but no
> real news
> yet. The film might come out in 2014.
> Prognosis: Cline has talked a lot about wanting the movie version to
> some of the wild visuals of the virtual world, sort of like Inception.
> We Mortals Are
> What it's about: The movie version of the acclaimed Japanese novel All You
> is Kill, about a soldier fighting aliens who keeps getting brought back
> from the
> dead over and over. Starring Tom Cruise.
> Status: It's cast and everything, but filming doesn't seem to have started
> Prognosis: Director Doug Liman had a decent track record with the Bourne
> before Jumper. And more alien-fighting is never a bad thing.
> Mortal Instruments
> What it's about: Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) stars in the movie
> adaptation of
> Cassandra Clare's novel about Clary Fray, a teenager who discovers she's
> descendant of a demon-hunting clan. Jamie Campbell Bower plays Jace
> Wayland, a
> half-man, half-angel.
> Status: Filming hasn't started yet, but it's already scheduled to come out
> August 2013.
> Prognosis: It was originally going to be helmed by Scott Stewart, director
> Legion and Priest, but then Stewart dropped out and was replaced by Harald
> (Agent Cody Banks, The Karate Kid). So it's probably gone from brooding
> to something a bit more zippy. It also sounds like they're rushing to meet
> release date that was set ages ago.
> Short Films Turned Full-Length
> What it's about: Tim Burton makes a full-length version of his early short,
> about a boy who brings his dog back to life, with hilariously spooky
> consequences. Watch the trailer here.
> Status: Coming October 2012.
> Prognosis: It's a labor of love, and Burton returning to his roots. So, you
> know, could be great.
> Click to view The Gift
> What it's about: Carl Rinsch's film about a robotic servant who flees the
> caused a huge firestorm when it came out online a few years ago.
> Status: The film launched a small bidding war in 2010, with studios vying
> turn it into a full-length movie. Or, according to some accounts, it was
> over a
> full-length movie called Small, for which The Gift is a prequel. But there
> hasn't been any news in a long time.
> Prognosis: The short is amazing — look for yourself.
> Click to view Pixels
> What it's about: Another short that caused a stir online, this film is
> 1980s video game characters (8-bit graphics and all) invading New York.
> Status: Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison picked this film
> up to
> develop it into a full-length movie, and it's coming in May 2013.
> Prognosis: Donkey Kong trashing New York! Again, there is the Sandler
> But it looks cute, in any case.
> What it's about: This Sundance-winning short film is about a man trapped
> on an
> ice planet with an emergency helper robot called Tomo, or friend.
> Status: It was reported back in 2008 that this film was being turned into a
> full-length movie, but there hasn't been much news since then. So we're
> not sure
> if it's still happening, but we hope so.
> Prognosis: The original short film still looks hella cool.
> Click to view The Gate
> What it's about: The redundant genes in your body get activated, and mutant
> freaks roam the streets, thanks to pharmaceutical companies, in this weird
> alarming short movie.
> Status: As we reported recently, Wayfare Entertainment picked this film up
> for a
> full theatrical version, with the same director on board.
> Prognosis: Just watch the original short for yourself. It's pretty nuts.
> End of the World
> What it's about: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg adapt their short Jay and
> Versus the Apocalypse. A bunch of celebrities, playing themselves, are at
> Franco's house when the apocalypse happens.
> Status: Coming in June 2013.
> Prognosis: Decide for yourself whether "James Franco, Seth Rogen and
> play themselves in an apocalyptic comedy" sounds like a good thing.
> Animated Films
> What it's about: A comedy about a boy who can speak to the dead, taking on
> zombies, ghosts and other supernatural menaces.
> Status: Coming August 2012.
> Prognosis: It's from the same studio as Coraline, and co-written/directed
> Coraline's script supervisor.
> Hotel Transylvania
> What it's about: Adam Sandler stars in this animated film about a resort
> Dracula and other movie monsters can hang out — until a random human
> shows up.
> Status: Coming in September.
> Prognosis: Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack), which may be
> enough to
> make up for the Sandler factor. Maybe. Probably not. But maybe.
> Wreck-It Ralph
> What it's about: The villain of a 1980s arcade video game gets sick of
> being a bad guy and goes on the run, visiting other games and trying to
> prove he
> can be a hero. Trailer is here.
> Status: Coming in November.
> Prognosis: We weren't that jazzed about the gimmicky concept, until we saw
> fun trailer. John C. Reilly is in full effect, and the cast is generally
> great. (Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman, etc.)
> Click to view Rise of the Guardians
> What it's about: Another "random supernatural people hang out together"
> movie —
> this time, it's about Santa Claus teaming up with the Easter Bunny, the
> and the Tooth Fairy to stop the Boogeyman. Oh, and Jack Frost (Chris Pine)
> joins the heroes. Based on a children's book, The Guardians of Childhood by
> William Joyce — so this could have been under book adaptations. (And Joyce
> Status: Coming in November.
> Prognosis: It's another holiday-themed animated film for kids. It looks
> perfectly serviceable, but nothing too exciting — check out the first
> Click to view Escape from Planet Earth
> What it's about: Brendan Fraser is Scorch Supernova, a heroic astronaut
> from the
> planet Baab, who explores with the help of his nerdy brother Gary (Rob
> When Scorch gets trapped in Area 51 by his nemesis Shanker (James
> it's up to Gary to save the day.
> Status: Coming February 2013.
> Prognosis: It sounds cute enough, but probably pretty forgettable. Check
> out a
> trailer above.
> What it's about: A magical film about the battle between good and evil,
> Beyonce Knowles and Colin Farrell. We just posted the first trailer
> Status: It comes out May 24, 2013
> Prognosis: Fairies ride on hummingbirds, and hang out with cute mice. And
> Beyonce is a fairy queen. We're in.
> Untitled Henry Sellick Film
> What it's about: We're guessing this will get a new title at some point?
> director of Coraline and Nightmare Before Christmas is hard at work on a
> film, about which nothing is known.
> Status: Already has a release date set: October 4, 2013.
> Prognosis: Without knowing anything but "Untitled Henry Sellick Film,"
> already pretty stoked.
> What it's about: A new Disney movie, formerly called The Snow Queen. It's
> adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fable, so this is another one
> could have gone under book adaptations. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel head
> the voice cast.
> Status: Coming in November, 2013.
> Prognosis: The early artwork (at left) looks neat. Way too soon to tell,
> The Good Dinosaur
> What it's about: Pixar film about which relatively little is known, but it
> show you what it's like to be a dinosaur.
> Status: Coming out in May 2014
> Prognosis: Is anybody not stoked for Pixar and dinosaurs?
> Horror Movies
> The Possession
> What it's about: Formerly titled Dybbuk Box, this is an example of that
> breed: the Jewish horror film. A couple buys a box at a yard sale, not
> it contains something... horrifying. Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars. Watch the
> trailer here.
> Status: Coming in August.
> Prognosis: The release date for this one has kept getting pushed back, and
> ended up in August. On the other hand, the trailer looked actually scary.
> What it's about: Ryan Kwanten is on an airplane that gets haunted by an
> spirit. The latest film from the director of the Grudge movies, Takashi
> Status: Coming out in 2013, on an unspecified date.
> Prognosis: Release date was pushed back from August 2012, pretty much at
> last minute. But ghosts on a plane are always a recipe for good times.
> Watch the
> trailer and decide for yourself.
> What it's about: Splice director Vincenzo Natali directs a ghost movie, in
> Abigail Breslin is a ghost who died in 1986 and is trapped in a house,
> trying to
> help save a living girl from suffering the same fate. Also co-starring
> Hewlett, aka Rodney McKay!
> Status: Filming started back in April. It comes out sometime in 2013.
> Prognosis: Natali said the script by Brian King "constructs a Borgian
> out of the most mundane settings and shows us how even in our everyday
> lives, we
> are spirits living in the material world."
> The Bay
> What it's about: Barry "The Sphere" Levinson directs a low-budget horror
> about horrifying parasites — check out some concept art we posted
> Status: Filming ended quite some time ago, and it's probably coming in
> Prognosis: It's reportedly in the same low-budget wheelhouse as Insidious
> Paranormal Activity, but with parasites that can eat your tongue.
> Medium-to-Big-Budget Films
> Click to view The Watch
> What it's about: Formerly known as Neighborhood Watch, this is the film
> surburban dads who form a neighborhood watch and then confront an alien
> invasion. The cast includes Richard Ayoade from The IT Crowd.
> Status: It comes out July 27, 2012, when it will no doubt knock The Dark
> Rises right off the box office charts.
> Prognosis: Probably depends on whether "Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah
> Hill" sounds like a dream come true to you.
> Click to view The Odd Life of Timothy Green
> What it's about: From an idea by Frank Zappa's son Ahmet. A couple who
> have a child of their own bury a box in the back yard, with all their
> wishes for
> a child. And then a 10-year-old appears and claims to be their son — but
> even more unusual than they realize. Trailer at left.
> Status: Comes out August 15.
> Prognosis: Dirt baby! You should probably have some sort of drinking game,
> involving shots every time the kid lifts his arms to the skies or Jennifer
> Garner does that frowny-smiley face that she used to do when the plot
> twists on
> Alias made no sense.
> Click to view Looper
> What it's about: Director Rian Johnson reunites with his Brick star Joseph
> Gordon-Levitt for a movie about hitmen and time-travel. Bruce Willis plays
> Gordon-Levitt's older self from the future.
> Status: Coming out September 28.
> Prognosis: If this can live up to Brick, it should be one of our favorite
> this year.
> What it's about: Alfonso Cuaron set a new high-water mark in dystopias with
> Children of Men, and now he's making a space movie, in which Sandra Bullock
> plays an astronaut who's lost in space.
> Status: Delayed from this November to some time in 2013.
> Prognosis: The first test screening yielded mixed reports. Some people say
> gorgeous but not that thrilling — but others say Bullock gives the
> of her career.
> What it's about: District 9 director Neill Blomkamp returns with another
> super-political movie, in which the rich live on a space station, ruled by
> Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster). Matt Damon is a cyborg who's backed into a
> tough corner.
> Status: Coming in March 2013.
> Prognosis: It sounds very much like another film in the same
> mold as District 9.
> What it's about: Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) gets to direct an original
> project. Tom Cruise plays a soldier who's one of the few humans patrolling
> desolate planet (which may be Earth), and he's fighting off warlike aliens.
> Status: Coming sometime in 2013.
> Prognosis: Between this and We Mortals Are, Tom Cruise is going to be our
> alien-killing mastermind next year. What little we know sounds sort of
> but it's too early to say much.
> After Earth
> What it's about: M. Night Shyamalan directs a post-post-apocalyptic film
> starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. It's been 1,000 years since
> abandoned Earth, but a father and his son crashland here, and the father is
> injured — leaving the son to fend for himself.
> Status: Coming June 2013.
> Prognosis: It sounds like it's mostly a vehicle for Jaden Smith, with Will
> getting injured and thus sidelined. The screenplay is by The Book of Eli's
> Whitta and Shyamalan himself, although Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) polished
> it. It
> really depends on whether you want to give Shyamalan one more chance.
> Pacific Rim
> What it's about: Guillermo del Toro makes a movie about giant robots
> giant monsters, with Idris Elba. (What accent do you think Elba will have
> Status: Coming in July 2013.
> Prognosis: Last year at Comic Con, del Toro was very effusive about saying
> would have the finest fucking monsters and the greatest fucking robots
> What it's about: Roland Emmerich (2012) changes gears a bit, from disaster
> movies to something that's arguably the opposite of a disaster: The
> A nanotech pioneer saves his injured son by transferring the son's
> into a swarm of nanobots — but then an evil corporation wants to do evil
> with them.
> Status: Bumped from May 2013 to November, 2013, at least in part because of
> script problems.
> Prognosis: Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, has been
> on the script. So this should be interesting, in any case.
> Jupiter Rising
> What it's about: The Wachowskis direct their first original project since
> Matrix. According to a plot synopsis, Mila Kunis is an immigrant who's
> toilets but doesn't realize she shares the same DNA as the Queen of the
> Universe. A super-evolved bounty hunter is sent to get rid of her, but
> they fall
> in love.
> Status: Hasn't started filming yet, possibly coming in 2014.
> Prognosis: Let's just hope that plot synopsis was garbled in translation.
> Smaller/Indie Projects
> Click to view Ruby Sparks
> What it's about: A famous young writer who's struggling with writers' block
> starts imagining his ideal woman — and when he writes about her, she
> real. But can he have a meaningful relationship with his own fictional
> Status: Comes out July 25.
> Prognosis: It's sort of like Weird Science crossed with Stranger Than
> Click to view Robot and Frank
> What it's about: A retired jewel thief gets given a robot companion, and
> its help to court a local librarian and also resume his criminal career.
> Status: Comes out August 24.
> Prognosis: We really, really loved this one at Sundance. Jordan Hoffman
> "Robot and Frank not only nails all the heartwarming family scenes
> expected of a
> Sundance dramedy, but also has great insight into the ethical implications
> artificial intelligence and the fractured lucidity of memory."
> Click to view Branded
> What it's about: A dystopian movie about a world where advertising is
> controlling our minds, for real. Starring Ed Stoppard, Jeffrey Tambor, Max
> Sydow, Leelee Sobieski and others.
> Status: Coming out September 7.
> Prognosis: We've barely heard anything about this film, but it could be a
> sleeper hit. The trailer looks a bit, umm, on the nose with the "evil
> corporations are evil" stuff, but maybe it'll be our new They Live.
> Click to view Storage 24
> What it's about: Doctor Who's Noel Clarke plays Charlie, a guy who gets
> inside a storage warehouse with a huge carnivorous alien.
> Status: Comes out this week in the U.K. — no clue when the U.S. release
> date is.
> Prognosis: It's Mickey vs. aliens, in an enclosed space! The trailer looks
> pleasingly claustrophobic, and the soundtrack is great.
> Click to view Knights of Badassdom
> What it's about: A group of LARPing nerds, including Danny Pudi, Summer
> Glau and
> Peter Dinklage, accidentally unleash a deadly supernatural force — so it's
> up to
> them to stop it. Thanks to everyone who reminded me of this in comments!
> Status: It's in the can, and it got a lot of hype at Comic Con a year ago,
> apparently there are no plans to release it any time soon.
> Prognosis: The trailer is amazing, but nobody's seen the whole movie yet.
> Click to view The Prototype
> What it's about: A humanoid robot escapes from a containment facility and
> on the run, while defending itself by killing lots of government stooges.
> along the way, the movie looks like it'll explore questions of humanity,
> personhood and the Singularity. Confusingly, there's also another science
> fiction movie called The Prototype listed as coming out next year.
> Status: Coming sometime in 2013 — the first trailer just came out the
> other day.
> Prognosis: When we posted the trailer the other day, comments ranged from
> looks horrible" to "impressive robot design."
> The Girl From Mars
> What it's about: A lonely geek's life is transformed when he meets a girl
> claims to be from Mars. Featuring Max Brooks in a supporting role!
> Status: Supposedly coming out in November 2013, according to IMDB.
> Prognosis: Way too soon to tell much about it, at this point. It sounds
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