Just about everyone adores dinosaurs, right? And who doesn’t enjoy a good alien invasion movie? Well, it seems these two elements are about to be brought together in both comic book and cinematic form, via a project that will bear the self-explanatory title Dominion: Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens.
Men in Black franchise helmer Barry Sonnenfeld is prepped to direct the film version of Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens, which will be scripted by comic book legend Grant Morrison – the man responsible for acclaimed stories like “Batman R.I.P.” and “All-Star Superman”, among others.
Deadline says that Sonnenfeld and Morrison are also collaborating on a Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens graphic novel, which will be illustrated by Mukesh Singh (he also worked on Morrison’s “18 Days”) and is slated to be published by Liquid Comics in late 2011. Presumably, the comic book incarnation of Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens will serve as a template of sorts for the movie (a la the graphic novel version of Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain).
Dominion: Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens will take place on Earth some 65 million years in the past, when dinosaurs were still the dominant species. The prehistoric giants are forced to defend their planet against an extraterrestrial invasion, and prove themselves to be more intellectually capable than previously theorized – by anyone who never saw Jurassic Park or The Land Before Time, that is.
Even though a film that pits dinosaurs against aliens is technically not a genre mash-up like this summer’s Cowboys & Aliens or next year’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (or even the similarly-titled Zombies Vs. Robots movie being developed), it could easily feel like one. It’s also not clear whether or not Sonnenfeld’s film will feature ancient human characters – it wouldn’t be even remotely close to scientifically accurate – but, then again, we are talking about a movie called Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens.
Most of Sonnenfeld’s directorial efforts are either openly comical and/or firmly tongue-in-cheek – so that would presumably be true for Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens as well. It would actually distinguish this project from the aforementioned pack of genre mash-ups, all of which are (surprisingly enough) approaching their respective (slightly goofy) subject matter in a very serious and straight-faced manner.
Given the improvements in both digital and practical effects, Sonnenfeld is well equipped to make a film that delivers some truly spectacular battles between giant ancient beasts and giant flying spaceships. The real question is: Will he actually try and make a movie that is straightforward and serious in tone? Or will Sonnenfeld take the (easier?) route of crafting a no-holds-barred cheesefest that feels like a modern-day variation of Destroy All Monsters?
We’ll keep you posted on the status of Dominion: Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens as more information is released.