Tag Archives: sci-fi

Is George Lucas Right To Retire From Blockbusters?

The George Lucas produced WWII flick Red Tails is released in the US this weekend. Because of this, he has been doing the press rounds. As you might expect, those who have spoken to him are just as, if not more, keen to ask about the future of Star Wars, Indiana Jones etc. Several bits and pieces have come out of this, but the most significant revelation came in an interview Lucas did for the New York Times. Apparently, after the struggles Lucas has had getting Red Tails made over the past several years, as well as the fan backlash to his recent Star Wars activities, the beardy filmmaker has decided to retire from making blockbusters. Continue reading

Source Code Loops Around Again, As TV Series

This is kind of movie news, so I think it just about qualifies for the site, and it interested me, so I thought I’d pass a few comments on it. Remember that film, where the guy lives through the same period of time over and over again? No, not Groundhog Day. Well, they’re making a TV series based on it. One in which a guy is transported into someone elses body in the past just before a tragic event. No, not Quantum Leap. Continue reading

Does Star Wars Deserve One More Shot?

***PLEASE NOTE – This article was originally published when the Star Wars Blu-ray sets were announced. I am reposting it to coincide with the release of the Blu-ray box sets this week. For the record, I have held firm and not bought them. At least, not so far…*** Continue reading

Neuromancer Adaptation Booting Up

This is one to keep an eye on really, as not much information is available. It is good news, however, as it was announced this past week at Cannes that gifted filmmaker Vincenzo Natali is one step closer to bringing Neuromancer to the big screen. You can read Slashfilm’s article here. Neuromancer is a sci-fi novel by William Gibson, telling of a dark future in the cyberpunk genre, where people ‘jack-in’ to Cyberspace through a neural connection. Continue reading

More Monsters Coming Over The Hill

The film festival at Cannes has begun, a time when the movers and shakers in the industry get together, and much dealing is done. The first really interesting news, to me at least, is that a sequel to Gareth Edward’s Monsters, one of Fluent in Film’s top ten films of 2010, is on the horizon. The article is here at Total Film, but not a great deal of information is known a this time as the project is still in its infancy. Based on what little we do know, however, it sounds like it is going to be less of a sequel per se, and more of a separate story told in the same universe. Continue reading

DVD Review – Monsters

Nearly two years ago a relatively low budget sci-fi action movie became the surprise hit of the summer. Mixing political allegory with thrilling action and a refreshing amount of comedy, District 9 made a massive impact. So massive, in fact, that just over a year later we saw a couple of films with alien visitors and even lower budgets appear to try to emulate its success. Continue reading

Common Sense Killed The Alien Prequel

Last week, it was announced that 20th Century Fox’s proposed Alien prequel, to be directed by original Alien helmer Ridley Scott, had instead become a completely original sci-fi project provisionally named Prometheus. The Alien fans who were looking forward to another installment in the franchise were left feeling desperately disappointed. Meanwhile, those that are heavily opposed to the plethora of reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels that we are routinely subjected to let out a huge sigh of relief. Personally, I don’t fall into either of these camps. I like the first Alien film, but successive sequels have deteriorated in quality exponentially. I have no problem in theory with remakes etc.. as long as there is a reason for them, whether it be a new, original take on a concept, or if more mileage is available form an existing film idea. So when I heard the news, I had no immediate extreme reaction to it, but I did find the news fascinating for several reasons. Continue reading

Colin Farrell Could Recall His Career Potential

It was confirmed this week that Colin Farrell will play the lead in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall adaptation, to be released in 2012. Rather than a straight remake of the 90’s movie, it is expected to be much closer to Philip K. Dick’s original novel. This is good news for the film, and even better news for Farrell. The talented Irishman has not had the most stellar of careers to this point, and hopefully an intelligent Dick adaptation with a hard sci-fi edge can help him continue his journey back to the A-list. Continue reading

Does Star Wars Deserve One More Shot?

It was announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that both the original Star Wars trilogy, and the three prequels were to be released on Blu-Ray for the first time in September. You can buy both trilogies in separate box sets, or all six in one. There are hours of extra footage, and it is available to pre-order now. The news has been received with great excitement. Within literally hours of the announcement, the sets had reached the top of amazon.co.uk’s DVD chart. Are we really STILL this excited about Star Wars, even with George Lucas’ constant tinkering, and the disappointment of the prequel movies? I’ve been as big a fan as anyone of the original movies, but i find myself asking myself, do i really want to invest in them on a new format one more time? Continue reading