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Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
We recently reported the heartbreaking news that Vincenzo Natali was off Neuromancer after labouring on the film for more than five years. This was the second major blow the Canadian director has had, having recently lost his long gestating High-Rise project to Ben Wheatley (and I'm not even counting the news that his seminal film Cube is being remade without him).
Good news for the rest of us is that Natali is able to spill some goodies from his time on the project, including some concept art and even four pages form his original screenplay.
At least a film based on William Gibson's cyberpunk classic is stil [Continued ...] »
Filmmaker Vincenzo Natali ("Cube," "Splice"), who has recently been helming various episodes of NBC's "Hannibal," has used social media to post some of the early concept art and pitch work that was created for some of his unmade movies. On the list includes an adaptation of Stephen King's "It," the comic "Swamp Thing," William Gibson's legendary cyberpunk novel "Neuromancer," and an entry in the "Predator" franchise. It's a hell of a collection and worth a good look.
More #TsutomuNihei art for #Neuromancer. Kaung Grade Mark Eleven penetration program. pic.twitter.com/IY4pU1lRdL
Night City from #Neuromancer pic.twitter.com/8eGmv7f9L2
#Neuromancer Design: Maelcum. My sketch and #AmroAttia's beautiful painting pic.twitter.com/S0bNXQ4DwG
#Neuromancer Design: The Sense/Net pyramid pic.twitter.com/wbyfQSTNIi
- Garth Franklin
Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) just recently joined the 21st century and got a Twitter, and the director is having a lot of fun with his social media account. Natali has been sharing artwork and script pages from several of his dead/never got off the ground film projects, including his take on the William Gibson novel Neuromancer, his version of Swamp Thing, and his art pitches for new Predator and It... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Let's take a look at some of the projects Vincenzo Natali has been working on. The filmmaker recently took to Twitter to share some of the concept art, and even pages of a script, for various projects that are now dead - or have progressed into different iterations. One of them is his Neuromancer movie, based on William Gibson's book, which Vincenzo had been attached to for years. Only a few weeks ago it was reported the film had financing to move forward, but without him. He also posted some pitch art (where a director creates art to show what their version of a movie would look/feel like) for a Predator movie and his take on Stephen King's It adaptation. The It movie also hit a snag, with the director leaving that, too. View below. Here's a look at some of the unique concept art for Natali's Neuromancer »
- Alex Billington
Many years ago, for a brief moment, Vincenzo Natali signed on to direct a big screen adaptation of DC Comics' "Swamp Thing." He came and went from the project in the span of a month, leaving the potential reboot of the character first brought to the big screen in Wes Craven's 1982 movie in the dust. And there hasn't been much movement since, but now you can get a peek at what he was putting together. The director has posted the first four pages from the script of what would've been his "Swamp Thing." I'll leave it to fans who know the character better to tell me if he was on the right track, but you can read them by following the tweet below. Meanwhile, in other movies Natali is not going to make, an adaptation of William Gibson's "Neuromancer" is one of them. The project has been »
- Kevin Jagernauth
On May 26th, 1995, music video director and artist Robert Longo made his directorial debut with Johnny Mnemonic, an adaptation of William Gibson’s futuristic short story of the same name (Gibson also penned the screenplay) that starred Keanu Reeves in the titular role as a “mnemonic courier” who finds himself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy with implications for all of mankind.
Johnny Mnemonic celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, and while it may not necessarily be a film many sci-fi fans celebrate, it’s always held a special place in my heart, undoubtedly being one of the coolest films I saw that year and one that also revitalized the cyberpunk film movement (yes, even before The Matrix came along and did it a bit more effectively).
For the uninitiated, Johnny Mnemonic transports us to the year 2021; in the opening text crawl, we learn that corporations have taken over »
- Heather Wixson
For some time now, there have been plans to bring William Gibson's cyberpunk classic Neuromancer to the big screen. It's been a bumpy road though, with the current attempt to mount the project dating back to 2010.
That's when writer/director Vincent Natali, who made Cube and Splice, came on board. However, there's been precious little progress in recent years, even though Gibson had apparently approved Natali's screenplay. And now we learn there's been some good news, and some bad news.
On the upside, some fresh financing has been found. Chinese firm C2M Media Group is to co-develop and co-fund the movie, in conjuction with Gfm Films. As such, Neuromancer is very much alive and well.
Unfortunately, Natali himself is no longer on board the project, and as a consequence, his screenplay has gone as well. »
Director Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube) has been attached to helm a big screen version of the William Gibson cyberpunk novel Neuromancer since 2010, but according to the latest update on the project from Screen Daily, he won't be behind the camera for the adaptation. The site is reporting that producer Lucas Foster (Law Abiding Citizen, Jumper) "is currently in talks with new writers and a director" for Neuromancer. It's not clear why Natali left the »
- Jesse Giroux
There's good and bad news this morning for anyone following the tortuous and slow development of Neuromancer. The good news is that the adaptation of William Gibson's cyberpunk classic is still out there and has just secured some new funding. The bad news is that the long-attached Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) is no longer directing. And with him has gone the Gibson-approved screenplay that was supposed to have been cracked.The UK-based Gfm films remain in play on the project, and the company has now partnered with the Chinese C2M Media Group for co-financing and further development. Producer Lucas Foster (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Man On Fire) is currently in talks with unspecified new writers and a new director.Published in 1984 (two years after Blade Runner, which, when he saw it, almost caused him to stop writing), William Gibson's book was part of the vanguard of the cyberpunk movement. »
Screen reports that UK-based Gfm Films has been joined by Chinese media company C2M Media Group which has stepped up with financing for the project. The pair will now co-develop and produce the film with the first priority being the hiring of a new writer and director.
Several people have been previously attached to the project, most notably Vicenzo Natali ("Cube") and Joseph Kahn ("Torque"). At present, the only linked name is producer Lucas Foster ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith"). »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Gfm Films hopes to feed film through UK-China co-pro agreement.
C2M, a co-production partner of Cj Entertainment, recently backed successful Chinese-Korean productions A Wedding Invitation and Miss Granny.
William Gibson’s influential sci-fi novel from 1984 follows a smooth ‘computer cowboy’ who is banished from cyberspace after double-crossing the wrong people until a shadowy conspiracy offers him a second chance at redemption.
Foster said: “William Gibson’s books have been very prescient on the topic of Super Intelligence, which people variously call Machine Intelligence or A.I. As we surrender more and more of our thinking and imagining over to software, we lose something important and tangible in ourselves »
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All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Butcher Bird was dropped, impaled on the never to read pile its first time around, not for future consumption – just out of spite – and forgotten rather quickly and not unthankfully so. Even while sporting some blurbage from Cyberpunk don William Gibson and capo Pat Cadigan, my worst fears seemed to becoming reality in the first few chapters, namely, another fringe ultra hip wannabee, smart ass protagonist – complete with the job as a tattoo artist and oh yeah…his sidekick is of course a quip-ready, lesbian version of himself – who together find out reality isn’t what it seems. Couple that with the first sip into the quantum-chaos looking-glass mug really reminded me of a favorite comic of mine from the early 90’s, Dark Dominion, published by Defiant comics created by Jim Shooter and the legendary Steve Ditko (indeed the subtitle of Butcher Bird is A Novel of the Dominion »
- Jay Tomio
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My experience with the world of Chris Carter’s TV shows consists of a few scattered X-Files episodes (specifically ones written by William Gibson or starring Tony Todd) and a half hour of the Millennium pilot (also about fifteen minutes of Harsh Realm). I remember absolutely loving these things but not being able to watch more because up until I was about 16, I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV, and certainly not the scary stuff. By the time I was 16, any interest I might have had in TV was scoured away by my devoted passion to my Super Nes. As I’ve gotten older, my caution in sampling The X-Files and Millennium has been due to the size of the commitment; I know the series are intertwined and that The X-Files »
- Chris Melkus
15 items from 2015
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