We Don't Need to Know the Way Home: 10 Cool Science Fiction Films Headed Your Way
1. The Cosmonaut, April 2013 (Spain)
Directorial feature debut by Nicolás Alcalá, starring Katrine De Candole, Leon Ockenden and Max Wrottesley. This crowdfunded film follows three friends during the years of the Russia vs. U.S. race to space. When the first Russian is about to land on the moon, something goes wrong and he is declared lost...until radio transmissions from him are received. The cosmonaut claims he has returned to Earth and found it completely empty.
2. Last Days on Mars, September 19, 2013 (UK)
Directorial debut by Ruairi Robinson, starring Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas and Goran Kostic. A team of scientists is excited to find bacterial life on Mars (you and I know that's never good news). In their last hours collecting samples, one of the crew suffers a fatal accident, and his body is overtaken by the alien life form. I think we can presume things go downhill from there.
3. Europa Report, TBA 2013
Directed by Sebastián Cordero (Pescador, Rage, Chronicles), starring Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Christian Camargo and Isiah Whitlock Jr. Another expedition to search for life, this time to one of Jupiter's moons. The filmmakers collaborated with NASA and other scientific community leaders on this found footage "space horror," and the movie is scored by Bear McCreary. You can check on the crew hanging out here.
4. All You Need Is Kill, March 7, 2014
Directed by Doug Liman (Fair Game, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Go), starring Tom Cruise, Bill Paxton, Emily Blunt, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Dragomir Mrsic; based on the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. During a war between humanity and aliens, an inexperienced Lieutenant Colonel (Cruise) is thrown into battle, and promptly killed. (Everybody cheers?) But wait...somehow direct contact with the alien caused the unsinkable Mr. Cruise to be caught in a time loop; so he must fight the battle repeatedly, trying to change his fate. (Seems like a good time to reestablish contact with Xenu, no?)
5. The Prototype, TBA 2013
Directed by Andrew Will (Homeland), starring Neal McDonough, Joseph Mawle and Anna Anissimova. Developed from a short. An experimental humanoid robot escapes from a government facility; the military tries to track it down. Produced by The Bandito Brothers (Act of Valor).
6. Under the Skin, TBA 2013
Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth), starring Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Paul Brannigan. Based on the Michel Faber novel about an alien sent to Earth to pick up a few appetizing snacks...aka...humans.
7. The Colony, TBA 2013
Directed by Jeff Renfroe (Civic Duty), starring Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers. Another Ice Age leaves a small group of survivors underground, fighting off...something. Muppets, you ask? Dinosaurs? Nope. Feral cannibals.
8. Tomorrowland, TBA 2014
Directed by Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant), starring (thus far) George Clooney and Hugh Laurie (in negotiations). The guarded plot is slowly being unraveled after the above photo was tweeted by the director. Through analysis of the box's contents, rumors have it that the film--previously titled 1952--will be about the relationship between Walt Disney and the U.S. government/military, a story about a television show that would have helped tell the world UFOs are real, and/or possible science fiction themed parks. Read about Project Blue Book, Jim Hill's theory, and then cry a few tears, because Damon Lindelof is involved. Still, if this all turns out to be true, wild dire wolves couldn't keep me away.
9. Mad Max: Fury Road, TBA 2014
Directed by George Miller (Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Beyond the Thunderdome, Happy Feet), starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. When first you see the words "Mad Max sequel," you might immediately feel inclined to dismiss this one; but then you read "Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron," and that "well, maybe?" expression works its way across your face. Then you hear comic writer Brendan McCarthy co-wrote the script, get a look at the critters and the car pics, and what do you know, this thing might actually have legs.
10. Snow Crash, In Development
Directed by Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), this will be an adaptation of Neal Stephenson's award winning novel set in a future where the U.S. is split into territories controlled by corporations, and a hacker discovers a mind-controlling drug that can infect a person like a computer virus.