Skyline, the alien attack film from the Strause Brothers, isn’t invading theaters for another two full months but that isn’t stopping filmmakers from starting production on a sequel.
Distribution rights to the Skyline sequel, as well as Barry Levinson’s zombie-film The Bay, will reportedly be up for sale at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
The news is the first we’ve heard of Skyline 2 so, obviously, details on the plot are basically non-existent. It’s also unclear at this point whether Brothers Strause will be involved in the sequel – as well as what cast members (the film stars Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson and Brittany Daniel) might be back for the second chapter in the alien-invasion franchise.
Skyline footage wowed audiences at Comic-Con and the recent trailer for the film, which premiered with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, wowed the rest of us. Here’s the official synopsis, in case you’re new to the Skyline buzz:
“Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.”
Considering filmmakers are preparing at least one Skyline sequel, two things are certain. First, we can safely assume that the extraterrestrial forces do not succeed in swallowing the entire human population – just a substantial chunk. Second, the legal staff at Brothers Strause’ Hydraulx Filmz, must feel pretty confident they’ll reign victorious should Sony Pictures Entertainment move forward with potential legal action over similarities in the Skyline and Battle: Lost Angeles stories.
In addition to Skyline 2, IM Global will also be selling The Bay, a “Eco-zombie thriller” from director Barry Levinson (Rain Man) with members of the Paranormal Activity team, Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and Steven Schneider, serving as producers.
The Bay “[Revolves] around an infectious outbreak in a Maryland town” and “is told from the perspective of the people who left behind their camera phones and other electronic devices, along with 911 calls and scraps of video and sound capturing the community falling into chaos.”
Once again, details are slim, but there’s no question The Bay sounds like a project to keep an eye on. A man versus nature zombie-thriller, by the director of Rain Man, presented in Cloverfield-style archive footage -what’s not to like?
Skyline opens in U.S. theaters on November 12th.