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March 4, 2009

Newsbites: The science-fiction edition!

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1. Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Chris Nolan's Inception, about which little is known except that it is "a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind." -- Variety, Hollywood Reporter

2. Battlestar Galactica co-executive producer Mark Verheiden will write Quatermain, about which little is known except that it is a "sci-fi adventure" that is "big, live action and would not be outside the wheel-well for fans of, say, Battlestar Galactica." -- Hollywood Reporter, Mark Verheiden

3. More details are beginning to leak out about Tron 2.0, which is currently being prepped in Vancouver. Among other things, the story will reportedly begin in 1989, and Flynn (the Jeff Bridges character) will have a seven-year-old son. Hmmm, the original movie came out in 1982, seven years prior to that. Who is the boy's mother, I wonder? -- Ain't It Cool News

4. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have signed on to write the script for The Thirteenth Hour, based on a Richard Doetsch novel about "a man accused of murdering his wife who gets to go back in time -- in one-hour increments over 12 hours -- with the chance to stop his wife's killer." Sounds kind of similar to The Days Before, which concerns a guy who goes back in time in daily increments. -- Variety

5. Apparently there is a big spoiler in this article in Variety. So let's just say that, if you read a novel in the last four years and found yourself thinking, "Hey, isn't the premise behind this story, in which people discover that they are clones created for the purpose of organ donation, kind of similar to that Michael Bay movie The Island?" then you might know which recent novel is about to become a film in its own right. -- Variety

6. Danielle Panabaker will star in Chuck Russell's Prodigy: "It’s about this high school forty years in the future . . . where [the students] are bred to be the best of the best. They are supposed to be the most beautiful, the most talented, the strongest. They’re medicated, fed, and monitored. . . . Someone tries to take over the world, and the whole system comes crashing down." -- MTV Movies Blog

7. John Cusack and Rob Corddry will star in Hot Tub Time Machine, a comedy about "a group of friends who are frustrated when they return to a ski lodge where they partied as teens. They then get in a hot tub -- which happens to be a time machine -- and get transported to 1987." -- Variety, Hollywood Reporter

8. A trailer has been released for The Mutant Chronicles, which opened in Europe a few months ago and comes to North America in limited release in April. The film concerns "a fight against an army of underworld NecroMutants" in the 28th century, and it has a fair bit of God-talk, too. -- Carmen Andres, MTV Movies Blog

9. Party of Five alumnus Scott Wolf will star in V, a remake of the 1980s TV show that is "set in the future, when the human race is ruled by aliens known as the Visitors. Wolf will play a career-obsessed TV newscaster who becomes the aliens' propaganda outlet." -- Hollywood Reporter

10. The trailer for the amnesiacs-in-space thriller Pandorum, starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, is now online. -- ComingSoon.net

Related Tags: hot tub time machine, inception, mutant chronicles, never let me go, pandorum, prodigy, quatermain, thirteenth hour, tron, v

Comments

Hmmm--two thoughts come to mind as I read these snippets... "there is nothing new under the sun" and "everything has happened before; everything will happen again."

Well, I'll always look forward to something from the BSG folks. I assume "Quartermain" will be some kind of re-working of the Alan Quartermain legends...

Author of apologetic science fiction LEDNORF'S DILEMMA

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