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Independent rock star drama “37: A Final Promise” has been set for theatrical and VOD release on Aug. 8 by Gravitas Ventures.
The story, based on the Guy Blews novel, centers on a rock star who plans to fulfill a vow to kill himself on his 37th birthday to atone for a crime he committed as a child. With only 12 weeks to go before his expiration date (and release of his final album), he meets and falls madly in love with Thompson’s character.
- Dave McNary
I was not a fan of Skyline, a 2010 alien invasion flick from The Brothers Strause (Alien vs. Predator: Requiem) which failed to add much of anything to its genre. Though trailers, which showed people getting sucked up by eery blue beams of light, were moderately intriguing, the final product was lazy and awfully written (audiences agreed, giving it a D- CinemaScore rating). Regardless, the flick grossed $70 million worldwide against a budget of $10 million, more than enough to justify a sequel. And now, with the announcement of the newly-named Beyond Skyline, we’ll be getting one.
An official Facebook page launched on May 19th served as our first notice that a sequel was actively in the works. According to that page, Liam O’Donnell, who both wrote and produced the first film, will be directing and penning the script for Beyond Skyline. The film will serve as O’Donnell’s directorial »
- Isaac Feldberg
If you saw brothers/co-directors Greg and Colin Strause’s 2010 alien invasion movie “Skyline,” then you know that the ending of the film sets up a sequel. Not a terrible surprise, I know. These days, every genre film is almost expected to launch a franchise or, as is the fashion, a trilogy. “Skyline” was no different. Unfortunately a sequel never happened, even though the film did earn $66 million worldwide from a relatively cheap $10 million budget. While that may sound like a lot, the movie was heavily promoted beyond its budget, so $66 really wasn’t that much. And so, we never really found out what happened to the two main characters played by Eric Balfour and Scottie Thompson. But maybe we’ll finally find out when director Liam O’Donnell directs the sequel, “Beyond Skyline,” which is currently being sold to potential buyers (and financiers) over at Cannes. To help with the sale, »
Remember Skyline? The loony sci-fi FX showcase arrived in 2010 courtesey of tech-heads The Brothers Strauss (AvP: Requiem), and enjoyed a spirited rivalry with the similarly themed Battle: Los Angeles, released at almost exactly the same time. Neither was critically adored, but both did reasonably well at the box office. And while we might have predicted that, of the two, Battle: La would be the one to get a follow-up, it's actually Skyline that turns out to be heading for a sequel. As just revealed at Cannes, Liam O'Donnell, the original's writer and producer, will be the director of Beyond Skyline. There's a poster too.Skyline was an alien invasion affair, in which the human race came off really rather badly. Eric Balfour (from Marcus Nispel's Texas Chainsaw remake) starred as our nominal hero Jarrod, with support from Scottie Thompson, David Zayas and Donald Faison. The Strause Brothers always intended a franchise, »
4 items from 2014
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