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Science Fiction Thursday: 'Jurassic World', 'Avatar', 'The Last Witch Hunter'

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 30, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 30, 2015 |

Glorious Thursday, when science fiction rides again on the wings of a cybernetic alien horse!

First up, James Cameron has been so hard at work with the Avatar universe that he has written four sequels to Avatar already. Says James Horner who is giving interviews about what Cameron is writing instead of what he himself is working on because the merciless gear of entertainment news don’t care about composers unless they can ask them about big budget movies: “Right now, Jim has got four sequels, script-wise, and he’s trying to make it into three. That’s where his effort is going, right now, to keep it to three sequels. Because he’s got so much going on. How do you keep it from expanding into yet a fourth movie? A fifth movie, I guess, total.”

I liked the film well enough, though I know that others have strong negative opinions of it. That’s okay, some people like cauliflower and others dislike chocolate, others hated Interstellar and loved Jupiter Ascending, so there’s room enough for plenty of opinions in this world. I’m the only one that’s actually right, of course, but that’s a different matter.

The point though? Cameron is going full Jackson on these things, and even liking the first film, I can’t exactly get too excited about this sort of news. If he was an author, we’d tell him he needed an editor at this point.

(source: Blastr)

Next up, Vin Diesel is taking a break from Must Go Faster in order to get back to his roots in B-movie genre flicks.

Here’s the trailer for The Last Witch Hunter, which is set in the modern day, looks like a fun cheesy movie, and also stars Rose Leslie (presumably telling him he knows nothing), Elijah Wood, and Michael Caine.

Here’s the exceedingly long obligatory plot synopsis:

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.

Oh noes not the Black Death! Help me Antibiotics, you’re our only hope.

(source: SlashFilm)

Next up, Jurassic World: The Prattening director Colin Trevorrow says that the T-Rex in the film is actually the same T-Rex from the original movie. She’s older, wiser, covered with scars, and presumably still has some lawyer stuck between her teeth. Says Trevorrow: “This movie is her Unforgiven.” Which is almost the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard anyone say, but I study politics for a living. The rest of the interview is linked below, and is less eyeroll inducing.

(source: SlashFilm)

Finally, as proof that radiation does create super intelligent mutants, here is a fox in the Chernobyl exclusion zone making a sausage sandwich.

I, for one, welcome our new Vulpine overlords.

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