Apollo 18

Abrams to Produce Micro-Budget Black Hole Film

Back in 2008 — in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the first experiments with the Large Hadron Collider — scientists and CERN withstood strong opposition, lawsuits, and death threats from a small, but  vocal group of people who thought that the use of the Collider could create a black hole that would  suck the world into it and end our very existence. Now, those people are about to get a movie, well, sort of.

J.J. Abrams is set to produce a micro-budgeted sci-fi epic from the pen (or keyboard) of Oren Uziel, whose sole competed credit is the direct-to-DVD, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. Abrams is not expected to direct the film, which is presently titled, The God Particle and setup at Paramount. So, what’s it all about? Vulture describes the film like so:

“Based on the after effects of a physics experiment with a large hadron accelerator that causes the Earth to vanish completely, the terrified crew of an orbiting American space station is left floating in the middle of now-even-more-empty space. When a European spacecraft appears on their radar, the Americans must determine whether it’s their salvation, or a harbinger of doom.”

This all sounds quite epic, more than a bit bleak, and right up Abrams’ alley, but with an estimated budget in the $5 million neighborhood, I have to wonder if this will actually be found footage (like the awful Apollo 18, but also, hopefully not), or find another way to maximize it’s small budget and carve out a place among the stars of low budget, sci-fi new-classics like Moon.

Sci-fi and micro budgets have had a tense courtship in the CG age due to the authenticity we, as viewers, demand and the cost of that authenticity — but with that said, it’s good to see someone like Abrams not rest on his Trek laurels and actually push the envelope.

Sources: Vulture, IMDBBusiness Week (via Spiegel Online)


Dimension Films just released a trailer for Gonzalo López-Gallego‘s (Say that five times fast!) sci-fi horror thriller Apollo 18. Produced by Night Watch/Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, the catch phrase of the movie is “There’s a Reason We’ve Never Gone Back To The Moon.”

Keeping with the “Is it real footage or not” the film producers claim that: NASA insists that Apollo 18 never happened but some conspiracy theorists believe that the Department of Defense and NASA launched a covert mission to the moon in 1972. Bob Weinstein came aboard to finance the film after Bekmambetov showed him footage that was supposedly shot by the Apollo 18 crew.

OK, that’s a fun premise, watch the trailer and then join me below for some of Nerdbastard thoughts on the trailer.

Couple of this Nerdbastard’s thoughts after watching the trailer:



Take a good look at the poster below the jump. I mean a really good look.

There is something amazing about it, isn’t there? And the tag-line, “There’s a reason we’ve never gone back to the moon,” I think sets this movie up perfectly.

The movie will be presented in a found-footage style (like The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, etc…) about the spaceflight that was Apollo 18, and is directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego and produced by Timur Bekmambetov.

Luckily, we also have an intriguing little viral video that was posted online for the movie.

Check it out!

Apollo 18 lands in theaters March 4, 2011.

UPDATE:As it ends up, we were given some incorrect information, and the below viral video is NOT affiliated with the Apollo 18 movie. Still cool though, right?

For all Apollo 18 news as it comes up, stay turned to Nerdbastards as well as the sites below, before the film comes to Earth in early March of 2011.