MOVIES YOU WON’T GET TO SEE IN 2010
The Internet Movie Database lists about 278 science fiction movies for
2010! Of course all of these movies are in various stages of production
and many will probably never even get made. (Many of them you probably won’t want
to see in the first place, of course. Mongolian Death Worms, anyone?) In
this feature we look at some of the high-profile sci-fi & fantasy movies
you won’t get to see in 2010 . . . if at all!
What’s it about? A plane-crash survivor discovers an underwater
utopia of sinister origins. Based on the popular videogame of the same
Who were supposed to have made it? Juan Carlos
Fresnadillo, the director of 28 Weeks
Later . . .
Chances of getting made? Quite good we believe,
but don’t expect to see it in 2010.
What’s it about? A boy forms an unusual imaginary friendship
with an alien. Based on the novella of the same name by
Day of the Triffids author John
Who were supposed to have made it? Steven Spielberg.
Chances of getting made? Zero. Spielberg has about 19 (!)
projects in development right now and we think that not even he knows
which movie he is going to do next!
What’s it about? A supercomputer designed for the U.S.
government decides that the most effective way it can protect the country
is to assume complete control. A remake of the 1970 movie
Colossus: The Forbin Project.
Who were supposed to have made it? Ron Howard.
Chances of getting made: Maybe. But not this
year. The script may be done, but there’s no cast or anything else as yet.
In the meantime check out the original movie which is a minor science
fiction classic of sorts.
THE HOW-TO GUIDE FOR SAVING THE WORLD
What’s it about?
What happens when a covert group that protects the Earth from alien
invaders is wiped out, and their instruction manual is left behind?
Who were supposed to have made it? Barry
Sonnenfeld, the director of Men In Black
and The Addams Family.
Chances of getting made: The last anyone ever
heard of this project was back in December 2008 when cash-strapped MGM
picked it up. It seems more likely that Sonnenfeld will work next on the
recently announced Men in Black III
sequel instead. (Is there anyone who actually wants to see this get made
by the way?)
THE ILLUSTRATED MAN
What’s it about?
A man, whose body is almost completely covered in tattoos, is looking for
the woman who drew all the intricate designs on him. Each tattoo hides a
futuristic story, which you experience when you stare at it. This is a
“remake” of the 1969 movie The
Illustrated Man, which in turn was an anthology film based on short
stories by sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury.
Who were supposed to have made it? Zack Snyder,
the director of 300, the
Dawn of the
Dead remake and Watchmen.
Chances of getting made? Instead of
Illustrated Man we will get to see Snyder’s fantasy 3D CG animated
movie about, um, owls,
Ga'Hoole later this year.
Snyder is finishing up post-production on Sucker Punch right now
and has six projects (including Illustrated Man) in development
right now, namely: Heavy Metal (2012, a series of short animated
shorts directed by David Fincher, James Cameron and Pirates of the
Caribbean director Gore Verbinski), Cobalt 60 (2011), Xerxes
(2011), Army of the Dead (2010) and The Last Photograph
(2010). Xerxes is of course the graphic novel sequel or whatever
you want to call it to the hugely popular 300 and will be based on
a graphic novel to which Frank Miller is putting the finishing touches
on right now. Guess which one of these will most likely get made?
INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN
about? A comedy remake of the ‘Fifties movie of the same title in
which a man, um, shrinks to tiny sizes and battles household pets and
Who were supposed to have made it? This was
supposed to have been a comedy vehicle for Eddie Murphy.
Chances of getting made? Murphy has been in so
many flops lately that it is amazing that he isn’t collecting unemployment
benefits right now.
What’s it about? A futuristic story set in a time
when the stars have gone dark, the moon has disappeared, and a membrane
covers the Earth. Can a young scientist save humankind from this apparent
Who were supposed to have made it? Movie based on
a book by Robert Charles Wilson.
Chances of getting made? Not in 2010 it seems.
In the meantime we can wholeheartedly recommend the book it will be based on.
2012: THE WAR FOR
What’s it about? Aliens
invade Earth in 2012, which neatly coincides with all those Mayan
prophecies. Based on a fiction book by Whitley Strieber, the best-selling
author who claimed to have been anally probed by aliens in
Who were supposed to have made it? Michael Bay.
Chances of getting made? Zero. Bay is too busy
remaking the first Transformers
movie for the second time right now and calling it Transformers 3
to ever get round to this in time for its 2012 sell-by date.
What’s it about? Chip works for Glen Runciter's
anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic
snooping and paranormal dirty tricks. When its special team tackles a big
job on the Moon, something goes terribly wrong. Runciter is killed, it
seems - but messages from him now appear on toilet walls, traffic tickets,
or product labels . . .
Who were supposed to have made it? Terry Gilliam
eyed this Philip K. Dick novel at one point.
Chances of getting made? Philip K. Dick is the
most-adapted sci-fi author of all times . . . so who knows?
What’s it about? Alpha
Centauri is on a collision course for Earth, and mass hysteria of biblical
proportions breaks out in the streets. But when a billionaire astronomer
discovers a planet capable of sustaining life orbiting Alpha Centauri, he
plans to build a rocket to transport a small group of people to the planet
in order to populate it and ensure the survival of the human race.
Who were supposed to have made it? Steven
Spielberg would have produced this remake of the old 1950s movie of the
same name by G.I. Joe director
Chances of getting made? Not good. When one
thinks about it, it has already been remade as 2012
by Roland Emmerich . . .
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