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Looking for a handy list of the science fiction films still to look forward to this year? Then here's the post for you...
The year's nearly half over, and we've already experienced a range of genre movies, some great, some less so.
But with the summer season finally here and about six months left before the terrifying prospect of 2015 hoves into view, there are still plenty more science fiction offerings to be found in a cinema near you.
Here's a pick of 11 of our favourites, plus a selection of honourable mentions at the end, which includes films that don't yet have a firm release date in the Us or UK.
In terms of sheer entertainment value, Edge Of Tomorrow could be this summer's dark horse. That it's based on a relatively obscure Japanese novel (All You Need Is Kill - the film's original, far less »
It's the project that's not going away, and we're very glad to hear it. In spite of initially poor box office numbers for 2012's Dredd movie, the film has continued to do well on home formats, and talk of a sequel continues. It's been helped by the fact that the big screen's Judge Dredd himself, Karl Urban, has been backing the idea too.
There's still a proverbial mountain to climb to get the project off the ground, although Urban was at the Motor City Comic Con over the weekend, and was talking about the project again.
As ComicBook reports, Urban was always insistent that Dredd's mask would stay on, and the man clearly enjoyed making the film. But as for a sequel? Nothing has thus far been written (although Alex Garland has suggested that he'll be turning »
In the recent months actor Karl Urban has made no secret of the fact that he wants a DREDDsequel. The film didn’t perform as well as hoped at the box-office, with its highcertificaterating cutting into a chunk of the target market, it did however pick up a substantial following after the home entertainment release.
The film was written by Alex Garland, the writer famous for The Beach and Sunshine who before Dredd’s release stated that he had mapped out a three film story arc. The disappointing ticket sales meant that this got shelved but main actor Karl Urban has been championing a sequel quite heavily.
During a panel at Motor City Comic Con the Lord Of The Rings star discussed how much fun he had making Dredd, and how he had been into the comics since he was young. His desire to continue the character was evident as »
- Kat Smith
While Urban could not confirm that a sequel to Pete Travis and Alex Garland's 2012 comic book movie would happen, he seemed optimistic and told attendees to turn to Kickstarter to help get it off the ground.
He promised that he would not turn down a return to the role if it was offered.
Urban spoke about Garland asking him how he felt about acting through the entire film without taking off his helmet.
"Mate, I wouldn't be sitting here reading the script with you if Dredd removed his mask," he claimed to have told the filmmaker.
Dredd failed to gain traction in the Us box office but has gone on to be »
Look, I think we’re all in agreement that a sequel to Dredd simply has to happen. The 2012 re-adaptation of the classic 2000 Ad anti-hero was a sleeper hit, skipping over behind-the-scenes troubles and a limited theatrical run by becoming a smash on DVD and streaming services.
Since the want, nay, demand for a follow-up has been getting ever more vehement, from both fans, stars and the filmmakers alike. The original Dredd was, for the most part, an original story, relying on the comics more for backstory and characters. Which you can probably get away with when you’ve got someone like Alex Garland (28 Days Later, The Beach) penning your film.
How’s about, though, the next film pulls a little more from the extensive back catalogue Dredd has amassed during his near-40 years as Britain’s number one comic book export? How’s about we comb through that very back catalogue right now, »
- Tom Baker
"It opened doors immediately," Oscar Isaac muses on working with the Coen brothers. "I got The Two Faces of January a couple of days after I had been cast in Inside Llewyn Davis. The trajectory completely changed once that happened."
It's no surprise that the actor's soulful performance as down-at-heel folk singer Llewyn has proved to be such a turning point. In the two years that have passed since shooting, he's gone from respected supporting player to compelling leading man, and was recently cast in a major role for Jj Abrams's Star Wars: Episode VII.
Digital Spy sat down with Isaac this week to talk about his Star Wars fandom, the meaning of Inside Llewyn Davis's much-discussed cat, and his role opposite Viggo Mortensen in this week's Patricia Highsmith adaptation The Two Faces of January.
Film4 is heading into Cannes with a slate that highlights its ongoing commitment to a range of UK talent, from first time directors to established auteurs.
Giving Screen a first look at the showreel it will be taking to the Cannes market next week, outgoing Film4 head Tessa Ross said the line-up “showcases a host of filmmakers, both new and established, with a unique vision and a breadth of brilliant storytelling”.
The feature debut of Elizabeth Stopford explores the ideals of a community put to the test in the wake of two inexplicable shooting sprees. The film weaves stylized dramatic reconstructions of the murders in the past with the ongoing journeys »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Though 2012′s comic book adaptation Dredd earned critical raves and a rabid fan following, it basically tanked at the box office, never even breaking even on its $45 million budget. However, fans banded together to launch the Make A Dredd Sequel campaign, which is still going strong. Home video sales have been huge as well, so many believe that Dredd 2 isn’t dead yet.
Last month, Karl Urban uploaded a YouTube response, thanking fans for their support and revealing that sequel talks were actually happening between the studio, Urban, writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis. The announcement overjoyed fans, many of whom jumped to the conclusion that a Dredd sequel was close to becoming a reality. Now, unfortunately, producer Adi Shankar is raining on their parade.
In a conversation with DweebCast, Shankar said:
I’m going to tread lightly here. I feel like Karl made a small statement that got »
- Isaac Feldberg
Last month, Karl Urban gave Dredd fans hope of a follow-up to the 2012 reboot by stating that he and writer-producer Alex Garland are “working very, very hard to bring you Dredd 2“. However, according to producer Adi Shankar, Urban’s comments have been “blown way out of proportion” and that there’s still a lot of contractual issues to sort out before another movie has any chance of becoming a possibility.
“I’m going to tread lightly here”, Shankar told Dweebcast (via Den of Geek). “I feel like Karl made a small statement and it got blown way out of proportion by news sites. Yeah, there are conversations going on [but] there’s no f*cking script… The movie, it wasn’t a studio movie, it was an independent movie. That changes the dynamic immensely, because every country has a different distributor who bought the movie, Every one of those distributors has to sign off. »
- Gary Collinson
20th Century Fox
There’s nothing worse than looking forward to a movie adaptation of something you love, only to find that when it finally comes out in theatres, the people who were responsible for making it good have done the complete opposite of that – they’ve botched it entirely. Given the nature of Hollywood, though, once something – a book, a movie, a video game – has been made into a motion picture once, it very rarely is granted the opportunity to become one all over again. Only a lengthy passing of time and a sudden resurgence in popularity will result in a second adaptation.
Which got us thinking about bad movie adaptations that failed to live up to the brilliance of their source material – those unlikely to ever find themselves rendered again as different movies, helmed by different, more capable directors, written by people who might choose to approach the »
Writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) is getting ready to make his directorial debut with Ex Machina, a sci-fi film set in the not-too-distant future. Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander, today we have our first photo (seen above) from the promising project, along with an official plot synopsis, which you can check out below:
Ex Machina is an intense psychological thriller, played out in a love triangle between two men and a beautiful robot girl. It explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies.
Not only does that sound like an incredibly intriguing premise, but Isaac has also said in the past that the film will be “a great three-hander with people torturing each other with their brains, in rooms.” I don’t know about you, but I’m sold.
No release date has been announced as of yet but you can »
- Matt Joseph
The first image has arrived from 28 Days Later and Sunshine screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina. The psychological thriller revolves around a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and to participate in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented. Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson star, and based on this first image it appears that Isaac is playing the inventor. The actor previously told us that the pic is a “provocative, sci-fi sexual thriller” and described it as “a great three-hander with people torturing each other with their brains, in rooms.” It’s certainly a fascinating premise, and Garland’s track record as a screenwriter (which also includes Never Let Me Go and Dredd) is great so I’m eager to see how he fares in the director’s chair. Hit the jump to check out the first Ex Machina image. »
- Adam Chitwood
Though Dredd may not have fared as well as some hoped, writer Alex Garland is set to redeem himself by taking a turn directing with the sci-fi flick Ex Machina. Garland behind the scripts for Never Let Me Go, Sunshine and 28 Days Later, all unique films with great stories. As for Ex Machina, this one follows a love triangle between two men and a beautiful robot girl. That's definitely unlike anything we've seen before, and now we have a first look at the film with stars Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time). No sign of the robot girl (Alicia Vikander) just yet, but we're certainly intrigued. Here's the first look at Alex Garland's Ex Machina (via The Playlist): Ex Machina is written and directed by Alex Garland (writer of Dredd, Sunshine, 28 Days Later). Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, »
- Ethan Anderton
"Oh man, I'm so excited to see that movie," Oscar Isaac told us last fall about his role in the upcoming "Ex Machina." And we're pretty excited too. It's the directorial debut of "28 Days Later," "The Beach" and "Sunshine" writer Alex Garland, with Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander co-starring. Here's more from Isaac on what to expect from the film, with the first look emerging today. "It's [set] in the not-too-distant future—it actually could very well be the present, it's a little bit undefined—and it all takes place in a house, or at least in a facility. I play a billionaire programmer who's developing algorithms for the most popular search engine in the world and no one's seen him or heard from him in quite a long time and one of his employees wins a raffle to come to his place in Alaska and test his newest invention, which »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Having penned some of the most memorable movies in recent years, Alex Garland is finally going behind the camera this year for the first time, bringing us a psychological thriller in the form of Ex Machina.
Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander star in the leading trio, and with Vikander starring as a beautiful robot, you can be sure this is going to be an interesting one, and it should be a lot of fun when it lands. And whilst we await a glimpse at Vikander herself in the movie, the first still has now been released, teasing a look at Gleeson and Isaac, and what could well be some of the inner workings of Vikander’s robot, Ava.
Caleb, a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. »
- Kenji Lloyd
While attending Emerald City Comic Con, the actor — who starred as the comic book hero in the 2012 reboot – thanked supporters and gave this update: “On behalf of everyone involved with the film Dredd — from Alex Garland to the DNA boys to myself — we really, really appreciate it and we’re working very, very hard to bring you Dredd 2.”
The Urban-led update grossed about $36 million worldwide and cost an estimated $50 million to make, but it performed well in DVD and Blu-ray sales, »
- Amber Ray
In his latest update to fans, the actor said that he’s working tirelessly with the movie’s original screenwriter-producer Alex Garland and DNA Films to make the dream of a sequel a reality.
“I just wanted to say on behalf of everyone involved with the film ‘Dredd,’ from Alex Garland to the DNA boys to myself, we really, really appreciate it and we’re working very, very hard to bring you Dredd 2,” he said after thanking fans for their ongoing support, which includes signing a petition calling for a second movie installment.
Although it grossed less than $36 million worldwide and cost $50 million to make, Urban, who starred in the 2012 comic book movie reboot, recently revealed that there were talks of a second movie after the release of a graphic novel sequel.
The movie found a new audience when it »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Despite the fact it struggled at the box office, the 2012 British comic book movie Dredd has certainly built a strong cult following, so much so that a 'Make a Dredd Sequel' petition has attracted over 100,000 signatures. While it remains to be seen whether a follow-up will become a reality, star Karl Urban has taken the time to deliver a message to fans, stating that: "I just want to say on behalf of everybody involved with the film Dredd from [writer-producer] Alex Garland to the DNA boys to myself we really really appreciate it and we’re working very very hard to bring you Dredd 2." Check out his full message here...
Do you want to see a sequel to Dredd? If so, then head on over to 2000Ad and sign the petition »
- Gary Collinson
The 2012 remake made just $36 million worldwide despite its $50 million budget. Despite this fans have been campaigning for a sequel and have even signed a petition.
The original film's lead, Karl Urban, released a video to thank fans for their support.
"I just wanted to say on behalf of everyone involved with the film Dredd, from Alex Garland to the DNA boys to myself, we really, really appreciate it and we're working very, very hard to bring you Dredd 2."
He added: "So thank you so much and please, please continue your support as it really does help."
The actor recently admitted that talks of a second film were "happening" after »
Don’t give up, Dreddheads! Though 2012′s Dredd didn’t exactly take off at the box office (grossing only around $13 million in the U.S. and $36 million worldwide), the film was a massive hit with fans of the iconic comic-book antihero, and those same fans are still loudly clamoring for a sequel, organizing campaigns to boost sales of the home release and even pulling together a graphic novel sequel.
Now, Karl Urban, who starred as the titular Judge, is pitching in with a video aimed directly at that devoted fanbase. Though the video is brief, Urban reveals that “we’re working very very hard to bring you Dredd 2,” most certainly referring to writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis, in addition to himself and others involved with Dredd. Check it out below:
Though the film’s box office numbers probably should have killed sequel talk immediately, the impressive praise that »
- Isaac Feldberg
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