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If you were a sci-fi fan in the late '90s or early '00s, chances are at one point you either said to someone or had someone say to you, "Dude, you haven't haven't seen Cube? You have got to see Cube!" Vincenzo Natali's strangers-trapped-in-a-maze science fiction puzzler was a regular mainstay of video stores and VHS/DVD swaps after it started blowing minds in 1997, so much so that it's actually a little surprising it's taken nearly 15+ years for a remake to get off the ground. There have been two sequels to Cube since then (Cube 2: Hypercube is actually kind of great), but they both went straight to home video. There's a chance this new version is heading to the big screen, though, thanks to some heavy hitting talent. The Hollywood...
- Peter Hall
The advent of nimble digital cameras and cutting edge visual effects has meant that filmmakers have been able to mount increasingly ambitious sci-fi stories on relatively small budgets.
This week sees the release of Monsters: Dark Continent, a follow-up to Gareth Edwards' brilliant 2010 debut Monsters. Not only did Monsters shoot Edwards to the big time, putting him in the director's chair for Godzilla and next year's Star Wars: Rogue One, but it also only cost less than $500,000 to make.
Below, we look at 11 incredible science fiction movies that prove you can make a great movie for just a fraction of what Avengers: Age of Ultron cost ($280 million, apparently!).
Dark Star (1974)
Production budget: $60,000
How many could you make for the price of Avengers: 4666
Lionsgate is reportedly readying a remake of the cult 1997 Canadian sci-fi film Cube.
Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is on-board as one of the producers, with director Saman Kesh, whose short Controller has turned some heads in Hollywood, set to make his feature debut with the film, which will be entitled Cubed. Philip Gawthorne, who has cut his teeth on British shows such as Eastenders and Holby City, is set to pen the screenplay.
The original film, directed by Vincenzo Natali, sees seven complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.
- Scott J. Davis
It looks like Hollywood may be running out of well-known titles from the past to remake, because now they're reaching into the late 90s for a cult sci-fi horror film for inspiration. THR reports Lionsgate is developing a remake of the 1997 flick Cube. The film is being described as a reimagining of the original film and is going by the title Cubed this time. The first film came from Splice director Vincenzo Natali, but this time it will be up and coming director Saman Kesh behind the camera to update the project for audiences 18 years later. In addition, Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts is on board to produce with Roy Lee. Read on! If you want to get acquainted with Saman Kesh, here's his acclaimed short Controller: The new film will use the same premise as the original film with seven strangers finding themselves trapped in a giant cube structure. »
- Ethan Anderton
Lionsgate is reportedly pushing ahead with a reboot of cult 90s horror film Cube, though it appears there may be a twist in the tale in what the studio is describing as a “re-imagining.”
Vincenzo Natali’s 1997 original was a low-key, psychological film that followed seven strangers imprisoned within the titular structure. It was a simple, yet brilliant concept, raising questions of morality as the inhabitants decided whether to help one another, or pursue their own best interests and escape the Cube at the cost of the others. Natali’s horror spawned both a sequel and a prequel in the early 2000s, though Lionsgate is preparing to flip the concept on its head for this modern retelling under the new moniker, Cubed.
Per The Hollywood Reporter:
Using the original setup of seven strangers trapped in a giant cube-like structure, Cubed is described as a sci-fi survival thriller about artificial intelligence, »
- Michael Briers
It contained 17,576 rooms filled with life-ending obstacles. The titular object in Vincenzo Natali's 1997 thriller, Cube, foreshadowed the psychological and physical torment of the Saw traps to come. If you were unlucky enough to wake up inside it, you were going to have one hell of a time trying to get out. Lionsgate, however, is willingly returning to the cube's confines. The studio is moving forward on a remake of the original film, with a director, writer, and pair of producers already in place.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Saman Kesh is lined up for the director's chair on the Cube remake, which is titled Cubed. Kesh, who helmed the impressive sci-fi short, Controller, will work from a screenplay by Philip Gawthorne (based on a story angle by Kesh). Roy Lee and Jon Spaihts are producing the project, with Vertigo's Adam Stone overseeing it.
"Using the original setup of seven »
- Derek Anderson
Nowadays if you say the word “Cube” people think of the lacklustre game show hosted by Phillip Schofield. Viewers with long memories however may remember Cube, a sci-fi horror movie with a neat central concept from the late Nineties.
It followed seven strangers trying to escape a booby-trapped futuristic prison, predating the likes of Saw, and made an impression due to its imagination in the face of a low budget. Vincenzo Natali was the writer/director of the Canadian effort.
Saman Kesh is reportedly to create a reboot of the film, alongside producers Roy Lee and Jon Spaihts. Whilst Kesh’s name may not ring any bells, Lee produced The Lego Movie and Spaihts wrote Prometheus, though it’s not known whether he’ll be on scripting duties also.
UK TV watchers may be interested to know the Horror Channel is airing Cube, if you want to get an idea »
- Steve Palace
The internet is a really effective job creator, especially if you're a filmmaker just waiting to be noticed. Already, we've seen short films turn the likes of Carl Rinsch, Neill Blomkamp, and Shane Acker into feature film directors who were given the keys to a new ride after convincing some Hollywood types that they were ready. Though, to be fair, the results of those men and their efforts range from impressive to middling, and their careers are still in need of a bit of a jump start. If he's lucky, recently noticed filmmaker Saan Kesh could be the one to break the curse, and he's got an interesting concept to possibly strike it rich with: he's re-imagining Vincenzo Natali's Canadian sci-fi cult classic, Cube. The Hollywood Reporter has scooped the knowledge that Kesh, an up-and-coming filmmaker who's already got an iron in the fire with a feature adaptation of »
Vincenzo Natali’s feature debut, the cult sci-fi horror mind bender Cube is getting the remake treatment at Lionsgate. Writer Jon Spaihts (the original Prometheus draft, the upcoming Passengers, Doctor Strange and The Mummy) is producing alongside Roy Lee, while up-and-coming filmmaker Saman Kesh (Controller) will direct. THR reports the reimagining will “use the original setup of seven strangers trapped in a…
The post Lionsgate Remaking Cube as Cubed appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
The end of every path for a genre property seems to be the remake. Cube, the small sci-fi puzzler that launched the feature career of director Vincenzo Natali in 1997, has already been followed by a sequel and a prequel. Now it is getting a reboot. Lionsgate is setting up a Cube “re-imagining” from producers Roy Lee […]
The post A ‘Cube’ Reboot Is on the Way From Lionsgate appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Phil Gawthorne is writing the script for “Cubed,” based on Kesh’s vision. The original “Cube,” directed by Vincenzo Natali, was set in a gigantic structure with over 17,000 rooms in which the main characters were trapped.
Kesh is repped by UTA, Angelina Chen at Energy and attorney Patti Felker.
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
- Dave McNary
Lionsgate is putting together a remake of Vincenzo Natali's 1997 sci-fi horror film, Cube, under the working title Cubed. Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and Roy Lee (Rings, Bates Motel) will produce, with newcomer Saman Kesh set to reimagine Natali's film and direct. Kesh is best known for his short film Controller, which recently caught the eye of studio execs. Per THR, Cubed will build on the set up of the original film and is described as "a sci-fi survival thriller about artificial intelligence, humanity and the birth of a new 'digital' race." Natali's film followed a group of strangers who awake in a, well, cube to find that the room is rigged with a deadly trap. Each wall contains a hatch that leads to other cubes, differentiated only by the color of the walls, where yet more traps lie in wait to kill them. Some traps triggered by weight, some by motion, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Hollywood isn't done with the cult remakes just yet - Cube is getting reimagined for a 21st century audience.
Lionsgate is working on an update of the 1997 sci-fi film which features seven strangers stuck in a cube-like structure.
Controller's Saman Kesh is attached to direct Cubed, with Phil Gawthorne writing a script based on Kesh's original.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cubed will be a survival thriller about artificial intelligence, humanity and the birth of a new 'digital' race.
Vincenzo Natali directed the original movie. Watch the trailer below: »
Vincenzo Natali helmed the original 1997 Canadian indie sci-fi thriller in which five people wake up in a strange cubed room. There are hatches on all sides that lead to similar rooms - some of which are decked out with lethal booby traps.
The group tries to figure out a way out of the structure and at the same time try to figure out the reason that they've been put there in the first place. The film quickly became a cult classic and spawned both a sequel and a prequel.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The remake of Vincenzo Natali's Cube is moving along quickly now at Lionsgate. Director Saman Kesh,who caught everyone's eye with his short film Controller (below) is now attached to direct the film called "Cubed," describes as "a re-imagining of the original movie."
The film is described as a sci-fi survival thriller about artificial intelligence, humanity and the birth of a new “digital” race. Interesting.
Phil Gawthorne is writing the script based off of Kesh’s original take.
Vincenzo Natali's original Canadian thriller is simply one of the best genre exercises and has inspired coun [Continued ...] »
Back in 1997 while working at a Blockbuster Video, I spotted the cover for Vincenzo Natali's Cube. The Canadian scifi flick was one of the more entertaining movies I had seen in a long time and I recommended it to everyone that came in to my store. Now, 18 years and two crappy sequels later, Cube is getting the remake treatment courtesy of a young, up and coming filmmaker. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Saman Kesh will direct Cubed, a "re-imagining" of »
- Alex Maidy
Directed by Vincenzo Natali
If Cube (1997) was writer-director Vincenzo Natali’s crack at a gruesome, Sartre/Kafka-tinged Twilight Zone episode, then his 2003 film Nothing is his take on the Theatre of the Absurd, a stripped-down character study about two losers interacting with little more than each other and the vast emptiness of the infinite. It’s as if Waiting for Godot‘s Vladimir and Estragon were farting around one day and discovered that they had the power to edit reality. It’s also a funny and ultimately warm film, the clear product of work made among friends. But as light and comic as it is, there’s plenty of pathos to go around; friendships falter when people change, making the world go away doesn’t help a lick, and even in a fantasy world where you can take yourself completely out of all systems, »
- Derek Godin
Directed by Vincenzo Natali
There is such a thing as “pre-critic” movies. These are the films that had a major psychic impact on a writer or thinker way before they have even considered (or even imagined) the possibility of having cinematic sensibilities or intellectual engagement with movies as art-objects. These movies tend to be pop culture touchstones; movies like the first Star Wars film or Ghostbusters or Pulp Fiction are common ones in part because of their ubiquity. But as with all generalizations, there are always outliers and oddities. One of my pre-critic movies, which I saw as a young man of fifteen on Canadian cable on a sunny Saturday afternoon, was Vincenzo Natali’s 1997 sci-fi horror film Cube. To this day, it remains one of my very favourite films, a scrappy little piece of government-funded genre weirdness that gets by on crack direction, »
- Derek Godin
Neil Marshall and Vincenzo Natali: horror hounds know the former for his directing of The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday, and more, while the latter brought Splice, Haunter, Cube, and the "U is for Utopia" segment of ABCs of Death 2 to life on the big screen. These two creative horror genre minds bring their skills to the always dangerous dinner table of NBC's Hannibal, as showrunner Bryan Fuller has revealed Marshall and Natali directed select episodes of the third season. Also unveiled are the titles of four season three episodes, one of which should sound very familiar to fans of Thomas Harris' 1981 novel and the 2002 (second) film adaptation of the same name.
On his Twitter page, Fuller announced that Vincenzo Natali directed the first three episodes of Hannibal Season 3, respectively titled "Antipasto", "Primavera", and "Secondo." Fuller then revealed that Neil Marshall helmed "The Great Red Dragon", the eighth episode of season three. »
- Derek Anderson
We're still a few months out from the June 4th premiere of the third season of NBC's "Hannibal". Series creator Bryan Fuller is aware that the waiting is hard for fans of the show, and so has dropped a few nuggets of information regarding the upcoming season through his Twitter account.
Amongst the garnered facts are that the season premiere takes place over four different periods of time. Also "Cube" and "Splice" director Vincenzo Natali will helm the first three episodes which all have Italian cuisine titles - Antipasto, Primavera, Secondo.
But the most exciting news? Neil Marshall is set to helm the eighth episode of the season which will be entitled "The Grand Red Dragon". "The Descent" director has become one of the most in demand TV director working these days and has helmed two episodes each of "Game of Thrones," "Black Sails" and "Constantine".
Source: Twitter »
- Garth Franklin
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