Sunday, October 7, 2012

UFO movie news round-up (7 Oct. 2012)

By Robbie Graham Silver Screen Saucers

Post-contact society examined in new sci-fi series

April 2013 will see the debut of Defiance, an ambitious TV series and immersive MMO from Syfy and Trion Worlds. Defiance (series and game) will chronicle the world-changing events on Earth as seven alien races begin to settle on our planet, and the war that ensues when negotiations go pear-shaped.

Defiance promises to be a uniquely interactive experience, allowing viewers to go inside the fictional universe, making their own choices and blending videogame action with dramatic television.

Check out these videos for more info and some impressive, large-scale sets...

‘Area 52’ movie gets a writer

Summit Entertainment has hired rookie writer Johnny Rosenthal to draft the movie adaptation of Area 52. Published in 2001, the four-issue comic book miniseries told the story of a secret storage facility in Antarctica (as opposed to Nevada, where the real Area 52 is located) that houses the alien technology no longer being studied at Area 51. The original story followed an army nurse who is forced to save the day after a mercenary attack unleashes an alien beast.

Spiders from space!

Behold! The trailer for the low-budget, Bulgaria-shot creature feature, Spiders 3D, the synopsis for which reads as follows:

“Following a crash of an old Soviet space station in New York City's subway tunnel, a new species of poisonous spiders is discovered. Inadvertently the spiders mutate to gigantic proportions and wreak havoc on the entire city.”

Spiders 3D crawls into cinemas next year.

Prometheus honest trailer

Hot on the heels of the honest trailer for The Avengers, here’s one for Prometheus... ouch!

Wanna help James Cameron mine asteroids?

Earlier this year, James Cameron chatted to the press about mining asteroids. The sci-fi director was not discussing the plot for one of his forthcoming Avatar sequels, however (bearing in mind that his original mega-blockbuster examined the devastating impact of commercial mining operations on an exoplanet). No, in fact – and more than a little ironically – Cameron was announcing his investment in a real-life extra-planetary mining company called Planetary Resources...

Anyway, further to this announcement, Planetary Resources is now actively recruiting space miners... well, paid interns, at least.

This from company President Chris Lewicki:

“Do you want to be an Asteroid Miner?

Well, here's your chance!

We're looking for passionate college students for
paid coop positions to help us mine asteroids
this spring and summer...

If you love space and want to contribute directly to
the development of the next generation of space
exploration technologies, we want to hear from you
(or from anyone you know that you think would be

I wonder if Planetary Resources and James Cameron have stopped to consider what else besides minerals could be lurking inside those asteroids? How strange (and slightly worrying) that ET life might eventually be discovered through a commercial endeavour... “Extraterrestrial life – brought to you by Planetary Resources! In association with Apple! Sponsored by MacDonald’s!”

X-Files creator back with new sci-fi series (plus another X-Files movie possible?)

Deadline reports that Chris Carter (right) is developing a new “big idea” sci-fi TV series in the vein of The X-Files called The After. Question is “After” what? After ET contact? After Disclosure, perhaps? Maybe not quite, but time will tell...

Deadline describes the series as:

"[A] thriller which revolves around a mysterious, unexplained event. In the vein of The X Files, The After incorporates elements of science fiction, suspense, and real-world fear and paranoia."

According to Georgeville CEO Marc Rosen:“Chris has woven his mythology magic within a very human, grounded story about the moment when we realize all of our worst fears about the world and its future."

On the subject of The X-Files, David Duchovny was asked recently by Collider if he thinks a third film could ever happen. Duchovny said:

"I would love to do another film, or more. I think we're all game for it. I know I'm kind of perplexed that Fox isn't more [enthusiastic]. Here's a homegrown property that you don't have to go buy, like #$@!-in' Green Lantern or something, to make it. Here you've got an actual action franchise that's your own. It's weird to me, but I'm not an executive. I don't know if they made the Green Lantern either, but I'm just using that as an example of, "Why make that film? Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting?" I don't get it, but that's not my business.”

If a third film does happen, Chris and David (and Gillian), more aliens, please, and fewer Scottish paedophiles. Thanks.

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