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That DNA Better Not Look Human: The Last Days on Mars

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 2, 2011 | Comments ()

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 2, 2011 |


Ruairi Robinson is an up and coming science fiction sort, with a few short films to his name including an Academy Award nominee, so he's got that going for him. The best known is probably The Silent City, which starred Cillian Murphy in a post-apocalyptic story, or perhaps Blinky which involved a toy robot and the dark hijinks that ensue. He still hasn't done any feature length work though, even though he was rumored to be taking the director's chair for the live action version of Akira that floats terrifying casting rumors every few months. This time it looks like he might have a real first feature on his hands though.

The Last Days on Mars has no relation to either "Life on Mars" or The Last Days of Disco, but imagine what that cross breed might have led to. Here's the summary:

As their last day on Mars draws to a close, the astronaut crew is on the verge of a major breakthrough - collected rock specimens reveal microscopic evidence of life. Meanwhile, communication is underway with AURORA, the approaching spacecraft that will relieve the crew of their operations. In their last hours on the planet, two astronauts go back to SITE 9, a cavernous valley on the surface of Mars, to collect further evidence of their discovery. But a routine excavation turns deadly when one of them falls to his death and his body taken host and re-animated by the very life form they sought to discover.

Oh! So it's The Thing except on Mars and with a lower budget. Fantastic. Eh, it might be worth a watch given the director's previous work, but they could at least try to make the description sounds original.

(source: SlashFilm)



Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.


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