Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Science Fiction Films On The Way

You might want to read this article by Scott Bowles of USA Today: SCIENCE FICTION GETS REAL.

According to the article, Hollywood is steering away from horror and "rediscovering" science fiction.

For those of you who want deeper and darker and more relevant, or, given Hollywood's leanings, at least more agenda-driven, politicaly correct, this:

This isn't science-fiction-cum-fantasy, like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. This is the stuff of H.G. Wells and Ray Bradbury: a glimpse at what's to come if we don't tend to the planet, keep an eye on technology and treat beings from other worlds with a little respect.


Perhaps a film of cloned, blond, actress tree-dwellers protesting on a planet slated for demolition to build a giant sporting complex? I know who to cast.

The article lists some upcoming flicks:

•Children of Men. Clive Owen stars in this film set in 2027, when humans can no longer procreate and are desperately searching for a way to avoid extinction. Sept. 29.


•The Fountain. The Darren Aronofsky-directed drama spans 1,000 years and stars Hugh Jackman as a man struggling to find immortality for himself and his wife, played by Oscar winner Rachel Weisz. Oct. 13.


•Mimzy. Two siblings discover a box of toys sent from the future and begin developing remarkable talents both terrifying and wonderful. April 4.


•Planet Terror. Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin and Lost's Naveen Andrews star in director Robert Rodriguez's retro-futuristic look at what happens when a flesh-eating virus becomes an epidemic. It's part of Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's new Grindhouse double-feature (the second is Tarantino's Death Proof, about a man who kills with his car). Both are due April 6.


•Logan's Run. This remake of the 1976 movie, co-written by Bryan Singer, revisits theaters with the story of humans who are killed on their 21st birthdays to reduce overpopulation. 2007.


•Star Trek XI. Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams tackles the franchise with an eye toward returning it to its roots, when the William Shatner TV show was Earth-centric and a parable for our own political times. 2008.



Without looking into it at the moment, I'm guessing that "Mimzy" is a change of spelling (or misspelling) of "Mimsy Were The Borogroves." That's one of the first science fiction short stories I ever read. I hope they do right by it.

I had misgivings about redoing Logan's Run. I read the novel as a teen, and I remember everyone buzzing about the movie (notably the guys for the flashes of lady flesh), but I thought the flick was sorta lame. Then I saw Bryan Singer. Okay, let's see what he does with it. I'm ready to have fun with the runners.

Saw the poster for Planet Terror, that sillouette of MacGowan with a machine gun for a leg. Um...okay. Bizzarro Gore-world ahead. Rodriguez is the cutest director in Hollywood and he can be visually fun, but , well, we'll see. This sounds super-weird and icky.

Maybe those of you gifted with visual imaginations and verbal skills might wanna write that SF screenplay, like, now.




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