Wednesday, April 30, 2008

3 shots of sci fi

Because there are a few other things I'd like to talk a bit about tonight, here is a quickish rundown on three interesting new sci fi films in the works that have recently been announced. All in one little post for your reading convenience :)

The first film on the block is called Uprising, and is reported as being in development for Wolfgang Peterson to direct. I suppose since it was recently announced that he is no longer attached to the long and ill fated Ender's Game movie he needed something to occupy his time. Uprising sounds like it could be pretty cool too. The "story revolves around the resistance efforts of some citizens after Earth has been occupied by a powerful alien race." and its being written by the man who penned the excellent film Blood Diamond. Now I know you're the worry is that this could very well just be another Battlefield Earth in the making, but I have faith in Peterson, and I'll hope for something a little closer to... I don't know The Tripods or something. We'll see how this develops.

Next up is a film called Arena. which is a time travel story that sounds like it would make an excellent if super cheesy fun tv show. Kind of like, The Quest, or Motal Kombat meets Rayman Raving Rabbids, through time :) According to the Hollywood Reporter, Arena "revolves around a group of modern-day soldiers mysteriously transported from the thick of battle to a terrain-shifting landscape where they must fight the best warriors from different eras and histories in a gladiatorial fight to the death or be killed by the all-powerful operators of the Arena." Should definitely be a fun time. My guess is they end up winning.

And the final sci fi story come movie, is called Resurrection, based on the Oni Press comic book of the same name. Although the comic book is only on its 3rd issue now, it sounds like a cool premise, if not at first somewhat familiar to the vaguely revealed plot of Uprising listed just above. As reported though this story "begins where most other alien invasion movies end, centering on a group of survivors trying to take back control of the planet after an apocalyptic invasion." If you're interested you can check out an 11 page preview of the first issue here. I've read it, and I think the series sounds really interesting. It's much more about the human drama of facing a world that has been 10 years in hiding. And that's a pretty fresh idea actually.

Anyhow, let's see how these films shape up. I think they could all be a lot of fun. And you know how much I love aliens and time travel. It's great to see these kinds of projects in serious development.

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