Ask any real fan of science fiction, of Bradbury and Asimov and Heinlein, to list their favorite underrated films of the last ten years and, if they are worth their salt, the indie darling Moon starring the inimitable Sam Rockwell will land somewhere in their top five. Written and directed by Duncan Jones, son of legendary rocker David Bowie, Moon is one of those unique movies that slips under the radar for being too odd and personal to appeal to a large audience but has a fiercely loyal fanbase that will continue to duct tape their friends to a sofa and force them to watch, a la A Clockwork Orange. Jones followed it with the equally underappreciated Source Code and then went full blockbuster status with Warcraft which failed to impress critics and audiences outside of China. However, hope sprang anew in the hearts of all sci-fi junkies when it was announced that Jones was returning to his indie roots with a spiritual sequel to Moon, simply titled Mute.
Today a synopsis and first look photos were released. (more…)
Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft: The Beginning has a new international trailer featuring Travis Fimmel (Vikings) as Sir Anduin Lothar (Not of the Hill People Lothars) and Toby Kebbell (Fantastic Four) as Durotan, the two men seeking a peaceful solution to their warring factions inevitable collision. Moon, Jones’ first feature film is fantastic and on that movie alone Warcraft: The Beginning will sell quite a few tickets at the box office. (more…)
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, IMDB, Business Week (via Spiegel Online)
Man, I don’t fucking know. Sometimes here at NB we get shit that shouldn’t exist on the internet let alone be reported on, but we do anyway. Why? Because we were super high when we found it and thought “YESSSSSSSSSSS THAT is newsworthy.” After the jump check out the full size version as well as one Nerds opinions on why this picture is vastly inaccurate… the fact that Batman is a man isn’t mentioned until # 8 on his list. (more…)