20 items from 2015
The downfall that faced Tobe Hooper's creative relationship with The Cannon Group in the eighties wasn't much different than the fate of George A. Romero's collaboration with Orion Pictures. After leaving an iconic legacy for horror in the previous decade, Hooper had a reputation to live up to when he made a three picture deal with Golan and Globus that resulted in the ambitious, but entertaining failure Lifeforce, the misunderstood parody The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and the family friendly remake of Invaders From Mars that helped sink Cannon out of Hollywood forever.
When considering the talent involved in this production that included screenwriting duties from Dan O' Bannon and special effects from legends like Stan Winston (who was simultaneously working on James Cameron's Aliens), John Dykstra (Star Wars) and Alec Gillis, this quite frankly should have been an exhilarating fantasy spectacle at the very least. Ironically, »
- Sean McClannahan
Time to give away some Blu-rays!To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Killers by Indonesian madmen The Mo Brothers, Well Go USA and TwitchFilm have teamed up to give away a pair of discs to some lucky readers. Killers was one of my favorite films from the Asian Film Festival of Dallas in 2014, and I can't wait to share the perverse joy of this film with others. Our Jason Gorber reviewed the film following its premiere at Sundance last year and had lots of great things to say, like this:Killers is to the likes of Dexter what Starship Troopers is to Triumph of the Will, a sly and extremely erudite examination of the horrors of horror. It reminds of the likes of Kim-Ki...
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Sketchy discusses Gunbuster aka Aim For The Top!, a series much beloved by Matt that was condensed into a 90-minute film that seems like a mash-up of Pacific Rim, Starship Troopers and Interstellar. We discuss the film, which was difficult due to some scenes being left out. So, if you get a chance, watch the series first. And enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
Calling all able-bodied citizens. The universe just got smaller and settlements are being attacked and overrun by bugs, cyborgs and the celestial-like Illuminates. Pick up a weapon, go through the training, and join the fight as a Helldiver!
Helldivers, from developer Arrowhead and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, is a top-down, twin stick shooter exclusively for the PlayStation family of game systems. All of them. The cross-play feature allows for players to play together via the Psn, no matter which PlayStation they are on. Even the Vita.
Helldivers borrows it's story from Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers (both the classic novel and the Paul Verhoeven film). Humanity has evolved to a "super earth," and the rest of the galaxy is not happy about it. A war breaks out and players are tasked with fighting that war over three theaters to bring "freedom" and to spread "managed democracy."
The server-based, asynchronous war is constantly being fought, »
He may be hard at work on X-Men: Apocalypse – which is due out May 2016 – but Bryan Singer has already been tapped up by Fox to direct a new sci-fi movie called Uprising which will tell the story of a moon colony’s rebellion against Earth.
Uprising is based on the classic 1966 sci-fi novel “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” by American novelist Robert A. Heinlein. Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim will work on the screenplay adaptation and Singer will reportedly take over the project after finishing up on X-Men: Apocalypse.
The original book was nominated for the 1966 Nebula Award and won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel the following year. Some of Heinlein’s other works have already been adapted for the big screen including Starship Troopers and The Puppet Masters.
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Keeping one of its most lucrative directors in-house, Fox has set X-Men: Days of Future Past helmer Bryan Singer to tackle an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi classic The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, to be titled Uprising.
Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim has come aboard to adapt the book, which centers on a lunar colony’s revolt against rulers stationed back on Earth, echoing the historical conflict between the United States and the British Empire. It was nominated for the 1966 Nebula Award, honoring the best American writing in fantasy and science fiction, and won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967.
Two previous attempts to adapt Heinlein’s novel – one at DreamWorks with a script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and another by Phoenix Pictures involving Harry Potter producer David Heyman – failed, with the rights reverting to the author’s estate.
Singer is also attached in a producing capacity, »
- Isaac Feldberg
This week sees Idw kicking off a new three-part series based on a story by Robert A. Heinlein, creator of Starship Troopers, with the release of Citizen of the Galaxy #1, and you can take a look at a preview of the issue here…
Just outside our galaxy the atrocities of slavery thrive, and young Thorby is just another orphaned boy sold at auction. But when he crosses paths with a mysterious crippled beggar, his destiny is forever changed. Citizen of the Galaxy is an interstellar action/adventure coming of age tale by the “Dean of Science Fiction”… Robert A. Heinlein!
Robert Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy #1 is out March 4th, priced $3.99.
- Gary Collinson
Bryan Singer has signed on as the director of Uprising.
The project is an adaptation of Robert A Heinlein's sci-fi novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Heinlein's novel is set in 2075 and follows the rebellion of a moon-based colony against their rulers on Earth.
Andrew Mittman and Jason Taylor will serve as executive producers on Uprising.
20th Century Fox secured the rights to the adaptation, following previous attempts by DreamWorks and Phoenix Pictures.
Singer's next project for 20th Century Fox will be X-Men: Apocalypse, which is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016. »
For the next year and a bit, Bryan Singer's attention will firmly be on directing X-Men: Apocalypse, which starts shooting shortly, ahead of its May 27th 2016 release. Beyond that, though, he's added another project to his slate, and this one's got nothing to do with the X-Men universe.
He's set to direct the big screen take on Robert A Heinlein's novel The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. Heinlein also penned the original Starship Troopers novel of course (amongst many, many others).
Set in 2075, Heinlein's book tells of a rebellion against the Earth by the humans living on a moon-based penal colony. On its transition to the big screen, a new title is going to be brought in too. The film version will be known as the far-more-conventional sounding Uprising. Duller, »
The story centers on a lunar colony's revolt against rule from Earth. It won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967.
Two previous attempts were made to adapt the property which never came to fruition. Singer's immediate next project is "X-Men: Apocalypse" which begins shooting next month.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Bryan Singer has signed on to produce an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's 1966 sci-fi novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress for 20th Century Fox, which recently picked up the movie rights. Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim is writing the screenplay adaptation, which will be entitled Uprising. It isn't clear at this time if Bryan Singer is directing the project, or if he will only serve as a producer.
The original novel centers on a lunar colony which plans a revolt against Earth. The book was nominated for the 1966 Nebula Award, which goes to the best sci-fi and fantasy novels published in the U.S., and it won the Hugo Award for best sci-fi novel in 1967. There were two planned adaptations of the beloved book in the past. DreamWorks had a script by Terry Elliott and Terry Rossio, and later Phoenix Pictures tried to mount an adaptation with David Heyman. »
He might be deep in pre-production on his latest foray into the mutant world of the X-Men with Apocalypse but Bryan Singer is keeping one eye out for potential other projects. He’s now attached to direct an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s science-fiction tome The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.Marc Guggenheim, best known at the moment for working on shows such as Arrow and The Flash, will write the script drawn from Heinlein’s 1966 novel.The plot finds a lunar colony deciding that it really doesn’t want to be ruled by Earth and the political/military fallout that comes with the choice to revolt. Heinlein was nominated for the Nebula award and took home the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967.And given how popular his work has been as fodder for screen adaptations – think The Puppet Masters and Starship Troopers – this is a »
A sex toy company is producing a movie. Why am I writing about it here? Because it's a post apocalyptic love story. I. Kid. You. Not.
Lelo, one of the world's leading manufacturers of sex toys, is producing Beyond the Wave, a film starring Casper Van Dien of Starship Troopers fame, Emilie Ohana and newcomer Zhu Wei Ling, which unfolds in a futuristic world where men and women choose to live apart.
From the movie's press kit:
A chance meeting with the young Noria (Ling) sparks an unforgettable journey for Jacques (Van Dien), one that shows him the importance of understanding another's perspective. On the surface it's a love story, but deeper than that, it's a reminder on how to enrich relationships in an increasingly individualistic and divided world.
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Sony and developer Arrowhead Game Studios have unveiled the launch trailer for their upcoming co-op shooter, Helldivers, which will deploy for duty on March 3 in North America.
That’s a little ahead of schedule, as the studio previously dated the Starship Troopers-esque title for the summer. No matter, as Arrowhead’s sci-fi opus has been confirmed for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, taking full advantage of the ecosystem’s cross-play and cross-save features.
Set in a dystopian future where the remnants of humanity have been enslaved by an overruling, alien democracy, Helldivers will toss players into the thick of an intergalactic war, where they can either team up with three other friends or fight the good fight solo in a bid to save Super Earth. Granted, it’s hardly a premise aiming to reinvent the wheel, but what lends the game its raison d’etre is the emphasis on community, »
- Michael Briers
Chalk it up to Valentine's Day looming on the horizon or the lowered standard for toy-to-movie adaptations set by Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but soon we'll be getting a feature film produced by a company [once] solely known for producing sex toys. Why would someone in the lucrative business of sex toys want to try their hand at filmmaking, where profits are decidedly less guaranteed? Are they just annoyed they weren't asked for product placement in 50 Shades of Grey? According to the company, Lelo, the film (called Beyond the Wave starring Casper Van Dien of Starship Troopers) will serve as "a creative intervention to show couples how important it is to physically be with each other and understand each other’s perspective, both inside and outside of the bedroom."
Yes, it's weird, and no it's apparently not a 90-minute long infomercial set in a dystopian future where men and »
- Lex Walker
In Alien Outpost, co-writer/director Jabbar Raisani transports us to the year 2033, ten years after the first alien invasion of Earth by a dominant species known as “Heavies.” A war raged on for years after the attack on our planet, and now there’s only a scattered amount of aliens left behind to carry out their mission to end humanity once and for all. It’s up to the brave forces of the military to keep these alien predators at bay, particularly at Outpost 37- the most battle-fought area of the globe that has seen countless attacks but found a way to endure the Heavies and their onslaught of terror over the years.
Framed as a documentary, Alien Outpost follows a group of filmmakers/journalists who arrive at the base to document the struggles and triumphs of the brave men stationed Outpost 37 as they continue to fight the good fight. »
- Heather Wixson
If you thought 2015 would bring an end to horror’s found footage obsession, you’re a silly, optimistic soul who doesn’t understand what makes these films perfect studio fodder. Alien Outpost isn’t even the first found footage film I’ve seen this January, but thankfully it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the competition – only by comparison. Writer/Director Jabbar Raisani goes about reinvigorating one of my least favorite horror genres – alien invasions – and actually makes the extraterrestrial assault more enticing than it probably should be thanks to a video-game-like intensity favoring run-and-gun shooters. Raisani might have developed his special effects skills beheading noble types throughout Game Of Thrones, but the budding talent shows an eye for visual grandeur and succinct delivery in his future-blasting directorial debut.
Raisani’s vision takes us to a post-war-torn Earth after alien forces attempted to invade. Even though the battle is fierce and costly, »
- Matt Donato
BioWare has done some incredible things with the Star Wars license. While there have been some stumbles with The Old Republic, it's hard to deny how good the company is at crafting memorable Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories in general (just look at the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises). With another Star Wars game apparently in the works from them, I got to thinking about which other Sci-Fi/Fantasy franchises could use a great game from the Bioware team.
I'm a sucker for fun stories and epic tales; two things BioWare seems to specialize in. Since they've done so well with one of the biggest science fiction properties around, Star Wars, I'm sure they're more than able to handle other much beloved sci-fi and fantasy franchise. There are several worthy tales out there which haven't received the video game attention they deserve, or simply didn't get good games, so perhaps BioWare »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
One cannot overlook the plentiful cinematic contributions of Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven, who made waves back in 1973 with Turkish Delight and helmed a handful of notable collaborations starring Rutger Hauer, though they parted ways indefinitely after Verhoeven’s 1985 English language debut, Flesh+Blood. Of course, Verhoeven’s Us big-budget genre work, such as RoboCop (1987) and Total Recall (1990), both spawning recent lackluster remakes, and pulpy neo-noir Basic Instinct (1992) were overshadowed by the debacle that would come to be Showgirls (1995), now celebrated as one of the best worst films ever made. Twenty years after that, with only a few more features since, including 1997’s Starship Troopers, the maligned Hollow Man (2000) and a welcomed return to his native Holland for Black Book (2006), Verhoeven has been mostly an absent figure. In 2012, a mid-length film graced the lineup at the Rome Film Festival, while his long-gestating Jesus of »
- Nicholas Bell
The hugely-popular fantasy video game series Warcraft will be making the jump from monitors to the big screen next year courtesy of Duncan Jones, and the Moon and Source Code director has been speaking about his upcoming epic during a chat with Chinese site Mtime (via ManMadeMovies), stating that it will explore “first contact” between Orcs and Humans.
“From the moment I first talked to Blizzard, the plan was to start our film with the first time Orcs met Humans. First contact! I think that for a world with so much newness to explain, this was a wise choice, especially when so many people in our audience may not know anything about Warcraft… it was important that some of our characters would be seeing the world fresh as well, and that the audience could see the situation through their eyes… A Warcraft film should not be about a good race »
- Gary Collinson
20 items from 2015
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