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We Don't Need to Know the Way Home: 10 Cool Science Fiction Films Headed Your Way

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | February 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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Okay fellow science fiction addicts, we already know about Pacific Rim, Oblivion, Elysium, Gravity, The Zero Theorem, Star Trek: Into Darkness, World War Z, Divergent, Robocop, Star Wars Episode VII, Snowpiercer, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and all the assorted superhero/comic films. But here are ten more outings you might not have known are headed our way. Glory be to the aliens, robots and assorted mutant critters!


1. The Cosmonaut, April 2013 (Spain)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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  • In a conversation with scifi friends no more than a week ago I wondered, why not make a film of Snow Crash? Yippy! Let's hope casting isn't from the dredded B-list scifi actors as mentioned by another, plus let's hope Lindelof's name stays off it also. This is one of the best scifi original stories and it deserves real effort.

  • Irina

    Looked at the Mad Max pics and now all I think about is why did the white-haired-gas-breathing-evil-guy Bedazzle his crotch. Maybe he thought it would make him look more like a badass?

  • Salieri2

    Under The Skin's a great title for a movie about the horrendous yeast infection ScarJo's gonna score from those skin-tight acid-wash jeans. Why, hello, 1987!! Didn't miss you!

  • Emmet O'Cuana

    Dear god....Scarlett Johansson looks just like Cillian Murphy from Breakfast on Pluto in that first pic of her.

  • Brooke Michelle

    Space seems to be the new zombies. I'm ok with this. Also, good god, beardly Tom Hardy warms my cockles.

  • QueeferSutherland

    The Cosmonaut has an awesome premise, but holy shit that's gotta be one of the worst trailers I've ever seen. Terrible pacing, storytelling, visuals, everything. If you hadn't provided a synopsis I'd have no idea what it's about. This is a movie that deserves a budget and veteran talent on both sides of the camera.

  • ViciousTrollop

    The Cosmonaut sounds very Twilight Zone-y.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    oooh, I got all hot and bothered over Snow Crash.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I'd be even hotter if I found out they were finally going to make "The Diamond Age."

  • marigi

    Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Beyond the Thunderdome... Happy Feet!?!??
    I raise an eyebrow at this sequence...

  • Drake

    The Prototype looks interesting, but I can't believe they used the "It's out there somewhere, I can feel it" cliche. That worries me.

  • BlackRabbit

    Hell, the whole thing looks recycled. Even the trailer music (though I can't say from what).

  • bewegung951

    I want a pair of Emily Blunt's Sci-Fi utility pants. These pants, a perfect pairing of flattering and practical, are worn by every knowing lass of a dystopian time. They stretch where you need them to stretch, they reject blood stains, and they never rip in places inconvenient.

    If the apocalypse happens, I think these pants will be suddenly available to me in every neutral color so that I may wear them while toting a futuristic (or classic, depending on the situation) weapon to kill zombies and defend my compound. Seeing that every able female is equipped with such attire in the historical documents of the future, I know this to be true.

    My current searching has left me barren of these perfect pants. I may have to contact Gina Carano's stylist and get me a pair.

  • Salieri2

    I've got a pair of Tru-Spec tactical pants that almost fit the bill: you may want to check them out if my two major objections (65% polyester, ass too small) don't apply to you.

  • bewegung951

    Unfortunately, the "ass too small" thing is my issue. My ass rivals Jlo.

  • Salieri2

    Then you're screwed. Apparently EMT and cop/soldier ladies have waaaayyy smaller asses than you and I. That or Tru-Spec's still not sure we're not guys.

  • ronniedobbs

    That Hollywood has their hooks in Snowcrash is horrible news. They'll never do it justice.

  • seth

    Wait... SNOW CRASH?????

  • DarthCorleone

    Cool - great rundown. Thanks!

  • Hiro Protagonist

    This... ^

  • Kala

    Emily Blunt is in my same-sex Pajiba 5, so I am sad that she has fallen into a Cruise-led pit of doom. I'm going to try to chalk it up to homegirl paying the rent.

    Tomorrowland sounds like it's going to be AMAZING. Europa and Last Days on Mars sound like they might make me pee myself (there's something extra terrifying about bad shit happening in space), so I'll watch those at home to cut down on the humiliation factor.

  • Quatermain

    You had me at 'new Mad Max movie.' I would watch the fuck out of that and those pictures look badass.

    'Europa' sounded decent until I heard 'found footage' and that killed it. You know when you have a BBQ during the summer and there is always that one hot dog that no-one eats and it gets left on the grill and slowly overcooks until it's just a wizened, blackened little lump of hot dog shaped charcoal and you toss it to the dog but even he won't eat it and he was eating his own shit not 45 seconds earlier? 'Found footage' is more over done than that hot dog.

  • Matt Roney

    Man. I hope they pull of Snow Crash. It's an incredibly cinematic novel, but that's not going to be an easy one to do justice.

  • The Heretic

    It'll be a bitch, but as long they try to do the novel justice, and at the same time respect the medium of film, they'll pull it off. This is probably the one I'm looking forward to more than any other flick.

  • Matt Roney

    Oh, me too. And the good news is that, if the DO pull it off, it will be almost indescribably awesome.

  • Two questions:
    What the hell is Emily Blunt doing wasting herself in a Tom Cruise flick?

    and

    Don't they know they're supposed to leave Europa alone? I'm pretty sure the black monoliths were clear about that: "All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there."

  • If she gets to shoot him in the head repeatedly, that could make it worth it.

  • You say "Tom Cruise flick" like it's a pejorative.

  • VonnegutSlut

    I'm not gonna lie: I'll probably see all of these--if not in the theater, then definitely later in their theatrical lives.

    This post is basically like Christmas to a sci-fi/apocalypse/disaster junkie like myself. And while some of them are probably crap, I just can't quit you genre films.

    I'm told the first step is admitting you have a problem.

  • BlackRabbit

    Check out Apollo 18. It should be right up your alley.

  • wojtek

    SNOW CRASH! That is all.

  • QballK

    Will you be so enthusiastic when they inevitably contract Will Smith to play the part of the half Japanese/African American Hiro Protagonist?

  • Captain D

    I was pretty excited for this, but Party Down effectively tempered by expectations.

  • lowercase_ryan

    F yes...

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Yes, but I'm just so worried. What if they cast Kristen Stewart or Shia LeDouche as Hiro or some dumb shit like that? I'd be so very angry.

  • Stina

    But it's Joe Cornish! The man can do no wrong after Attack the Block.

  • Slash

    I kinda want to see Scarlett Johansson as a hot, carnivorous alien. And a few of the others sound intriguing, but I will wait for the Pajiba reviews before getting my hopes up.

  • Blake

    All You Need Is Kill is a FAIL. Why?

    1. It's another example of Hollywood White washing.

    http://www.racebending.com/v4/...

    2. Tom Cruise

    Sorry Emily I love you but won't be seeing this garbage.

  • VonnegutSlut

    It seems Tom Cruise has been having a field day lately by taking a cinematic crap all over really good source material.

  • jollies

    Never really thought about the two sides of George Miller before. Mad Max series on one side, Happy Feet and Babe on the other. Very little in the middle.

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