Arrowhead: Signal is a short film that was put together by Australian filmmaker Jesse O’Brien and released sometime last year with the intention of eventually creating a feature film. It received pretty good reviews and piqued a lot of interest in a lot of people, but didn’t receive the funding it needed to magically morph into a movie.
But! The news is now out that the Australian company Foxtel’s sci-fi channel, SF, is taking it on and the film will be released in 2014 (in Australia first, and then released worldwide following that). This is exciting news for the channel because it has popped its Australian production cherry by commissioning Arrowhead: Signal. It’ll be filmed in the deserts of South Australia, which is pretty fitting.
Here’s the synopsis:
Arrowhead is a tale of survival set amongst the distant stars. Kye is a prisoner of war caught between two armies that he doesn’t believe in. When offered an opportunity for freedom, Kye sets out on one last rescue mission, only to become stranded on a desert moon when his ship — the Arrowhead — crash lands. Kye has to learn to survive when we discovers a new life form that will challenge his very body and soul.
Hit the jump to watch the original short if you haven’t already seen it – or maybe you want to watch it again. It’s a free world!
For a long time it’s been on his to-do list, but because of the big money involved, David Fincher just hasn’t been able to get his update of Jules Verne‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea off the ocean floor and out of dry dock. He even had Brad Pitt attached to star for crying out loud, but even hooking one of the biggest fish in the Hollywood sea isn’t always enough to get you a green light these days.
But maybe Fincher’s now got something better – tax incentives.
The Age is reporting that Australia’s Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean is extending a sweet tax incentive deal to the Disney production if they should happen to choose to film in Australia: 30 per cent. Translated back into dollars that’s $20 million to the studio if they lens Down Under, which is no small potatoes when we’re talking about a budget of around $200 million total for Leagues.
Typically, foreign productions make a return of 16.5 per cent when shooting in Australia, but the Aussies negotiated the unprecedented 30 per cent with Fox in order to attract the recently wrapped The Wolverine production last year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Wolverine employed some 2,000 locals and generated $80 million in local investment, and according to Crean, a mega-production like 20,000 Leagues, would be an even bigger boom to the local economy.
”If it comes off [20,000 Leagues] will be a bigger production than Wolverine,” he said. “In fact, it will be the biggest production ever filmed in Australia.”
The original 1954 film starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre is considered a Disney classic. And although there’s been several different re-tellings of the story in the last 60 years, including two made-for-TV efforts starring Michael Caine and Ben Cross respectively in 1997, the last time Captain Nemo and crew were seen on the big screen was 2003’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and I’m sure that’s another outrage that Nemo himself would seek revenge for in order to resolve.
So will Disney take the deal? Time will tell, and we’ll keep you posted.
You may recognize the name Clive Palmer, he’s the billionaire genius who thinks that building a replica Titanic is a good idea. But honestly, what else are you going to do with over $8 billion USD in your bank account? How about build a real life Jurassic Park?
Obviously taking nothing in terms of lessons learned from the three Jurassic Park movies, Palmer’s plan is to clone a dinosaur, and let it run wild and free in a penned off part of a resort he’s building in Coolum Beach, Queensland. (That’s Australia for the geographically-challenged.) Between his other ideas for Coolum, which include a casino, a Sky Needle, a giant Ferris wheel, and a sky rail to Mt. Coolum, Clive Palmer is clearly setting himself up as a Springfieldianite. All he’s missing is a Popsicle stick skyscraper and an escalator to nowhere.
The controversial billionaire is rumoured to be planning to clone a dinosaur from DNA so he can set it free in a Jurassic Park-style area at his new Palmer Resort in Coolum.
Mr Palmer has, apparently, been in deep discussion with the people who successfully cloned Dolly the sheep to bring his dinosaur vision to life.
…And shortly after, the dinosaur will somehow escape, wreck havoc on the Sunshine coast, and probably eat more civilians than all the Great White Sharks in Australian waters combined. Does that sound cynical? I know our colleague over at Geekologie sounds excited, but I’ve got to say, I’ve seen a lot of monster movies and this is how they start. Also, can’t Palmer put his money to something a little more productive, like curing cancer, or giving everyone in Africa a sandwich?
We’ll keep you posted as to Palmer’s efforts, if only because our Queensland readers should be forewarned if a dinosaur is moving in.
Well this news kind of gives me hope that the next Wolverine movie is going to be bad ass and not a bad ass waste of time. Comic Book Movie has a couple of pics from the production that lend some potential details to the story that director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman have in store for the feral Canuck mutant in this new story.
Adapted from Dreamwork‘s successful, and totally freakin’ awesome, How To Train You Dragon comes a stage show in the scheme of Walking with Dinosaurs, but instead with dragons. Dudes, seriously, dragons! As of now the show is be readied for stage in Melbourne, Australia but I’m hoping it’ll appear state-side very, very soon.
Who doesn’t want experience these incredible animatronics up close. They even breathe fire! Pyrotechnic effect fire, but still, it’s the closest you’ll ever be to a fire-breathing dragon.
Watch the footage below and let us know what you think.