Most of the Dune talk in 2014 has centered on Jodorowsky’s Dune, the critically acclaimed documentary about Chilean/French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s insanely ambitious, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to bring Frank Herbert’s Dune to the big screen in the mid 1970s. With folks like Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Jean Giraud, and Dan O’Bannon involved, it could have been something epic. But in in the end, it fell apart, which paved the way, eventually, for David Lynch’s controversial Dune adaptation in 1984. And while Lynch’s Dune might not be as interesting as the “what if” tale of Jodorowsky’s Dune, it still featured some gorgeous design work, which is on full display in this collection of concept art.
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In the summer of 2012, sci-fi writer Marc Scott Zicree teamed up with writer Michael Reeves (The Last Jedi) and British director Neil Johnson teamed up to Kickstart a new project called Space Command. It was envisioned as a series of feature films in the style and spirit of classic ’50s science fiction, and will “follow the development of the United Planets and Space Command as mankind steps off planet Earth to terraform and colonize the rest of the solar system and explore the galaxy.” The Space Command storyline will span over 200 years of “epic struggles and victories of mankind’s future history in space.” A first teaser trailer debuted at Comic-Con last month, but for those of us who didn’t make it to San Diego, now you can check the Space Command trailer out for yourself above.
It’s no secret around here that I am no fan of Barbarella, the 1968 science fiction flick starring Jane Fonda and based on the French comic-book heroine created by Jean-Claude Forest. Forcing myself to sit all the way through Barbarella was a harrowing experience, one on par with my viewing of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, but with better costuming. Indeed, that’s the one area where I have to give it to Barbarella: the costume design is bonkers in the best possible way. And in spite of what passes for the film’s storyline, by far the most impressive sci-fi element is whatever anti-grav technology they used to keep Jane Fonda’s outfits from falling off. In fact, if there’s an ideal way to watch Barbarella, it’s in the form of still photographs. And wouldn’t you know it? We’ve got a bunch of Barbarella stills for you right here!
Syfy is in the middle of a creative renaissance ever since Bill McGoldrick, the network’s new-ish executive vice president of original programming, declared that not only would the network be putting a renewed focus on actual science fiction programming, but that he wanted content that could compete with well-respected cable titans like AMC and HBO. It’s still too early to judge how well this ambitious plan will work, but Syfy has definitely been making all the right moves lately, greenlighting series based on popular SF works such as James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series, John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War books, and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. One project that hasn’t been quite as high on our radar is Killjoys, an action/drama about a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters, and that’s at least partly because we simply don’t know that much about it yet. Well, now we can at least scratch “what do the leads look like?” off our list of questions, thanks to the newly released cast photo up top.
If you’ve got a hankering for some action heavy teen dystopias but you’ve already watched Divergent too many times (once is more than enough) and you just can’t wait until The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 drops this November, you’re in luck. We’re just a couple of weeks away from 20th Century Fox’s latest entry into this lucrative market, The Maze Runner, and they have a new feature plus a pair of freshly minted TV spots to keep you occupied.
Adapted from the best-selling young adult novel by James Dashner, you probably guessed from the title that there is both a maze and people who run through it. And you are right on both counts. The plot revolves around a young man named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who wakes up in a place called The Glade with no memory of who he is or how he got there. They’re penned in on all sides by high walls, but every morning they open up to reveal the titular puzzle.
Season 5 of The Walking Dead doesn’t come shambling back to our TVs until the middle of October, but given the constant stream of promotion we’ve seen lately, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s right around the corner. A few days ago, we got our first look at a bunch of the various covers Entertainment Weekly put together in honor of AMC’s hit zombie drama, and now they’re back with a look at some of the photos from inside the actual magazine.
These images are similar to the ones on the covers, showing various characters in a weird blur of action that you can’t help but think of as somewhat Matrix-y. There’s been a great deal of talk lately regarding the sexuality of one Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), but none of that really matters. Gay, straight, something else entirely, he remains the best character on the show, and this photo captures his penchant for stabbing walkers in the cranium with arrows. Any old fool can shoot a zombie from a distance, but it takes a badass to get close enough to jab one with a pointy stick.