Sci-fi is having a pretty good year at the movies, and that trend is only going to continue into the future. Today we have some new images from what is arguably the flagship sci-fi film for 2012: Ridley Scott's Alien spinoff film, Prometheus; we also have some new images that the cast and crew of the Ender's Game movie have been sending out to the Interwebs; finally, we get a look at those aliens no one asked for, in a clip from the blockbuster "adaptation" of the board game Battleship.
The mystery surrounding Ridley Scott's Prometheus has made it one of the more exciting movies on the horizon - if only because the mystery amplifies our collective anticipation and imagination. We all want to know how the heady themes and ideas in the film will play out; most importantly, we're wondering how Prometheus in fact ties to Alien.
Viral videos have given us the strongest strands of 'Alien DNA' in Prometheus: one video featured Guy Pearce giving a speech as Peter Weyland, the CEO whose company was after the alien Xenomorphs in the first film and its sequel. The second viral vid was an advertisement featuring cast member Michael Fassbender as the android "David" - an earlier model of the Weyland androids that are longtime staples of the Alien universe.
But aside from the mystery, one thing that fans have been certain of, is that there is Ridley Scott has created a visually rich film - which looks even better in 3D. Today's images focus on various aspects of Prometheus, including the otherworldly landscapes and outer space locations, the interiors of the titular spaceship, and yet another look at Fassbender's android character:
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Prometheus will be in theaters on June 9, 2012.
Hardcore sci-fi fans are ecstatic that Orson Scott Card's seminal novel Ender's Game is finally becoming a feature film. The 1985 novel chronicles a future in which an insectoid alien race known as the Formics has struck at mankind twice, with a third war looming on the horizon. To combat the threat, the military puts young children of potential through a violent training program in preparation for future military command.
Asa Butterfield, who played the titular character of Martin Scorsese's multi Oscar-winning film Hugo stars as Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, a young boy with violent tendencies and a gifted mind for military strategy. When his potential becomes apparent, Ender finds himself caught up in the rushing rivers of politics and warfare, as various factions try to exploit his skills.
The filmmakers behind Ender's Game - including Wolverine director Gavin Hood, who is both writing and directing - have been keeping a blog to document the film's progression, and recently released photos of Ender's iconic tracking device implant, and his room on Earth:
There are apparently a lot of Easter eggs in that photo of Ender's room - for a breakdown of them, head over to Ender's Ansible.
Ender's Game will be in theaters on November 1, 2013.
Peter Berg's adaptation of Battleship is doing well internationally ($58 million and counting), but here in the states, the prevailing attitude is that the blockbuster film - which trailers make look more like Transformers 4 - has frustratingly little to do with the board game many of us played as kids.
Since many people aren't fans of this 'Battleship meets Aliens' concept to begin with, it's safe to assume that they won't be all that thrilled by this latest Battleship clip, which reveals what the humanoid alien antagonists look like:
Wow, dusting off the old (read: cliched) 'He's not dead yet' trick...
Battleship will be in (U.S.) theaters on May 18, 2012.
Source: Universal Pictures