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With the success of Star Trek, Avatar and District 9, It's been a high-profile year for science-fiction, but has the quality matched the publicity? What new paths might the genre explore in the next decade?
Earlier this year, sci-fi actioner Pandorum proved that you can concoct an entertaining - if rather artistically bankrupt - thriller in space by splicing together bits of other popular genre flicks: in this case, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and Brit horror flick The Descent. Looking forward to next year's crop of sci fi movies, I wonder if Repo Men might follow a similar route.
The film is not, as its name suggests, a sequel to Alex Cox's wry 1984 punk cult classic, but rather an original piece based on the 2009 novel The Repossession Mambo, by Eric Garcia. I say original, for Repo Men seems to have grabbed elements of every sci fi flick from Gattaca to Minority Report, »
- Ben Child
If I were a Zombie I would be jealous. Vampires have all the popularity and are clearly all the rage these days. Of course this trend didn’t begin just now but boy has it taken off with lightening speed. One could say it began with True Blood where due to the availability of the right type of blood, vampires went from scary monsters to ordinary and sexy citizens practically overnight. Or was it The Twilight Saga books turned to movies that offered us a series of romance fantasy films? And then there is always The Vampire Diaries series on regular television (as opposed to HBO), a series that is clearly a mix of teen drama and the supernatural.
Daybreakers, the new movie from Lionsgate, written and directed by The Spierig Brothers, refreshingly takes the genre to a new type of vampiric world while managing to continue some of our more beloved myths. »
- email@example.com (Marla Newborn)
I've gotta admit, this whole "trollfoot" thing with Danny DeVito freaks me out a little bit. The guy takes a lot of joy in taking pictures of his foot under a variety of circumstances. Now I'm a big fan of DeVito, having grown up with classics like "Ruthless People," "Other People's Money," "Throw Momma From The Train," "Twins" and, of course, "Batman Returns." This whole foot thing though... it's just straight weird.
Then again, when you're as successful as DeVito's been -- and as consistently entertaining -- it's easy to overlook the odd quirk. In addition to his acting career, which has gotten a second wind from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," we're talking about a guy who served as a producer on such fine works as "Garden State," "Gattaca" and "Pulp Fiction." Still... this foot thing is strange. Especially when it's dressed up like a rooster, as you'll see »
- Adam Rosenberg
Uma Thurman has revealed that the best screen kiss she ever had was with her ex-husband Ethan Hawke. The 39-year-old actress, who starred with Hawke in Gattaca, said that the kiss they filmed for that movie was great because she was so attracted to him. Thurman is quoted as saying: "The best kiss I ever had for a movie was with the guy I married, because I was (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
Uma Thurman unveiled that she has the best ever on-screen kiss with ex-husband Ethan Hawke while doing a romantic scene together in 1997 movie "Gattaca". According to reports, the actress who has two children with Ethan gushed, "The best kiss I ever had for a movie was with the guy I married, because I was really hot for him back then."
Although she is now engaged to millionaire businessman Arpad Busson, the "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" star confessed that she still loves Ethan whom she divorced in 2004. She said, "I love the man still, I really do. Hey, we have two kids together. That's very special. I'll always love him."
Having dated Arpad since 2007, the 39-year-old actress revealed that she hasn't had any plan on getting married just yet. "I'm happily engaged, but we haven't set a wedding up," she stated. "I'm not in a rush to do anything. One day we'll do it, »
The 39-year-old revealed the romantic scenes she shared with Hawke - with whom she has two children, Maya (11) and Levon (7) - in the 1997 movie are her all-time favourites because she had strong feelings for him, reports list.co.uk.
“The best kiss I ever had for a movie was with the guy I married, because I was really hot for him back then,” she said.
Thurman, who is now engaged to millionaire businessman Arpad Busson, says she still loves Hawke, who she divorced in 2004.
“I love the man still, I really do. Hey, we have two kids together.. »
Uma Thurman's best ever screen kiss was with her ex-husband. The 39-year-old actress says the romantic scenes she shared with Ethan Hawke - with whom she has two children, Maya, 11, and Levon, seven - in 1997 movie 'Gattaca' are her all-time favourites because she had such strong feelings for him. She said: ''The best kiss I ever had for a movie was with the guy I married, because I was really hot for him back then.'' Uma, who was also previously married to actor Gary Oldman, is now engaged to millionaire businessman Arpad Busson but says she still loves Ethan, who she divorced .. »
Uma Thurman's best ever screen kiss was with her ex-husband. The 39-year-old actress says the romantic scenes she shared with Ethan Hawke - with whom she has two children, Maya, 11, and Levon, seven - in 1997 movie 'Gattaca' are her all-time favourites because she had such strong feelings for him. She said: "The best kiss I ever had for a movie was with the guy I married, because I was really hot for him back then." Uma, who was also previously married to actor Gary Oldman, is now engaged to millionaire businessman Arpad Busson but says she still loves Ethan, who she divorced in 2004. She said: "I love the man still, I really do. Hey, we »
Already a January 8, 2010 release date has been announced for Daybreakers and now a second poster with a second trailer can be seen for the show right here. To star Ethan Hawke (Gattaca), Willem Dafoe (Antichrist) and Claudia Karvan (Strange Planet), Sam Neill and many others. Daybreakers will soon be available in theatres through Lionsgate Films (North America). So sit back, relax, and watch this second trailer, that fills in some of the gaps from the first.
A shot synopsis for Daybreakers here:
"In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival. Meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps' on a way to save humankind (IMDb)."
Release: January 8, 2010.
Director: Peter Spierig.
Writer: Peter Spierig.
A trailer for Daybreakers here courtesy of Traileraddict. »
- Michael Ross Allen
Earlier this summer, we posted a great trailer for the upcoming modern vampire tale Daybreakers. The first time I watched the trailer was in the theater before watching The Final Destination and all I could think was “Wow, I wanna watch that instead!” How can a movie go wrong with actors like Ethan Hawke (Gattaca), Sam Neil (Event Horizon) and Willem Dafoe (John Carter of Mars)? The answer – You can’t!
Set in a (obvious) future, fictional world where vampires have just about converted every human to be a stalker of the night, Daybreakers takes the unique approach of applying modern day situations and geopolitical statements to the vampires – they are slowly running out of food (read: blood) and have begun farming humans for just their blood, think The Matrix but with plasma.
A group of humans, lead by the crossbow wielding Elvis (Dafoe), survive outside of the blood farms and while Edward (seriously? »
- Paul Young
Sometimes, when you hear a movie is being turned into a TV show, you can’t help but cringe. It’s not always easy to make the transition from feature film to television show, especially when the movie has a loyal following. Some of the movies that have made the best transition into the TV world include M.A.S.H, Stargate, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Could Gattaca join that list?
Though often overlooked, Gattaca was one of the more interesting science fiction films to come out of the 1990s. Featuring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, and Jude Law, the movie explored a futuristic society where genetic engineering was the norm, creating a world where “Valids” (individuals who had been genetically enhanced before birth) live in a socially superior position to “Invalids” (average Joes like you and me).
- Rob Frappier
Let's start with the most interesting TV news tonight: MTV got to sit down with Gil Grant (24, NCIS:La), writer of the upcoming Gattaca television series, and managed to get some fascinating info from him. If you were wondering how Andrew Niccol's film would be adapted to TV, I have two words for you: Police procedural. While it's far from a unique concept on television, the idea of making one of the cops an Invalid (a person born without the benefit of genetic diagnosis), and another a genetically superior Valid, does seem somewhat inspired. There's a reason police procedurals have taken off so much---they're simply perfectly suited to TV storytelling. It also works well for this particular project because being in a police station will give us an inside glimpse into Gattaca's society of genetic have and have-nots. Grant is also adding another concept not found in the film, »
- Devindra Hardawar
A few weeks ago we reported that a TV version of Andrew Niccol's sci-fi classic Gattaca was moving forward, and now that project's writer revealed some new details. MTV Movies Blog recently spoke with writer-producer Gil Grant, who is writing the pilot for the series, about how he is opening up the world of the movie for this new police procedural.
"I came up with a world which is populated with Valids and Invalids, the same premise [as the movie], but taken into a police department where we're... integrating, using the analogy of the '60s Civil Rights struggle. Even though it's technically illegal to discriminate against Invalids, just like in the '60s people did," Grant continued. "So it's come to pass that [the government has] ordered the police department to hire their first token Invalid into the detective department. What we're doing is we're taking an Invalid and teaming him up with a Valid, »
The idea of a “Gattaca” TV show sounds like a winner when I first heard it, but the idea of turning Andrew Niccol’s perfectly honed world into another generic TV cop show on TV? Aw, man, I don’t know, that sounds, well, generic to me. In any case, Gil Grant, who has been assigned to adapt the movie into a TV show for producer Denis Leary recently talked to MTV about his approach to the show. Grant confirms that Andrew Niccol has nothing to do with the show, will probably have no involvement whatsoever, and for better or worst, Grant plans to introduce a more procedural cop show vibe into “Gattaca”. Grant is no stranger to procedural shows, having worked on the incredibly dull but unfathomably popular “NCIS” shows, as well as the more enjoyable “24″. “I came up with a world which is populated with Valids and Invalids, »
A couple weeks ago, Variety ran a story about what's next for Denis Leary, Jim Serpico and Apostle Films after the hit FX series "Rescue Me" wraps up in 2011. Tucked away at the end of the story was a brief bit about plans to produce a future-set one hour police procedural based on the Andrew Niccol-directed "Gattaca." Writer/producer Gil Grant, whose previous TV credits include "24" and "NCIS: Los Angeles," was named as the scribe, but that was where the news ended.
"Gattaca," released in 1997, didn't explode at the box office. It's attracted quite a following in its home video afterlife however, and deservedly so. You've got Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law starring in a futuristic thriller set in a world divided between Valids -- people who were genetically altered in utero to "reach their full potential" as humans -- and Invalids, or those born through natural means. »
- Adam Rosenberg
Denis Leary is good, but I wouldn’t have thought that Sci-Fi was his kind of thing. Maybe he just loves a good idea. The awesome world of a genetic caste society described in the awesome “Gattaca” starring Ethan Hawke, Jude Law and Uma Thurman is on the way to T.V. Mr. Leary’s Apostle Films has bought the rights and we’ll probably see it sometime soon after Denis’s run ends on Rescue Me in 2011. In “Gattaca”, you only get as far in life as your genetic strength foretells. That is, unless you’re smart enough to cheat. “Gattaca” is great stuff. Go rent it. Thanks Slashfilm. »
Andrew Niccol's Gattaca is one of my all time favourite science-fiction movies, so you can imagine how my ears might perk up at the mention of the film being turned into a television series. The details, however, are still a bit sketchy at the moment, and it's hard to say whether or not it will even come close to capturing the myriad of intriguing ideas contained within the film. Buried away within a Variety  article about Denis Leary, Jim Serpico and their Apostle Films production company is the following bit of news: "Next up, the company has secured the rights to the feature film "Gattica," which they plan to develop as a one-hour police procedural set in the future. The "Gattica" smallscreen adaptation will be written by Gil Grant and is being developed through Sony TV's international division." Yes, they misspelled the name of the movie (I guess they »
Buried in a Variety article today (but caught by the eagle eyes at Slashfilm) is the news that Denis Leary's production company is remaking the 1997 Ethan Hawke film Gattaca as a TV series. What's Gattaca, you ask? Oh, only the best sci-fi film ever that no one has seen. I need the TV show to incorporate three elements from the original movie, and then I'll be happy: that incredible Michael Nyman score, a stuffy Gore Vidal, and a handful of homoerotic swimming competitions. Good luck! [Variety] »
We don't know a lot about this project yet, but buried in a trade break about Denis Leary's production shingle Apostle Films, which is developing a bunch of new shows to prepare for Rescue Me's scheduled 2011 end point, there's an interesting piece of detail. The company has bought the rights to Gattaca, Andrew Niccol's 1997 sci-fi film, and will develop it as a television series. Variety specifically says this: The company has secured the rights to the feature film Gattica [sic], which they plan to develop as a one-hour police procedural set in the future. The Gattica smallscreen adaptation will be written by Gil Grant and is being developed through Sony TV's international division. Ok, setting aside the misspelling, that's a weird bit of news. Gattaca, which created a society in which DNA determines a person's place in society, was a film about human determination and ability, class and discrimination. »
- Russ Fischer
Could a 1997 sci-fi film be heading towards a TV series remake? According to Variety, Denis Leary's production company Apostle Films has acquired the rights to Andrew Niccol's film Gattaca for a small-screen adaptation.
Although the trade paper did spell the film wrong ("Gattica") there are no listings for such a film, and it was described as a dramatic police procedural set in the future, which would fall in line with aspects of the film.
Gil Grant is writing the pilot, which is set up at Sony Television's international division.
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