Nearly 50 years after its original theatrical release, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey remains both one of the best science fiction movies ever made, and one of the best movies ever made, full stop. The epic scope, the sense of wonder, the jaw-dropping visuals, all ensure that the film still holds up perfectly, even all these decades later. While Kubrick was never a sequel kind of guy, Clarke did continue the story in several sequel novels, one of which was adapted into director Peter Hyams’ 2010: The Year We Makes Contact in 1984. (And my love for that flick is well established given how often I find excuses to reference it.) Now the world of the mysterious labyrinths will be returning to the screen…but this time it will be the TV screen.
Ridley Scott is about to hit theaters with a trillion pounds of sand for his historical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, but anyone hoping to see the director make the transition to the small screen is going to be disappointed here. Scott was executive producing the sci-fi project Galyntine for AMC, but the network has decided to pass on it. Apparently, AMC has no use for sci-fi.
Here’s how Galyntine was supposed to work: The world fell victim to a giant technological apocalypse that ruined everything for everyone. But a new society evolved from that mess, one that has nothing to do with technology and hates it and stuff. Survivors around the planet are few, and everyone has to learn to survive in their own individual ways. It sounds like it would have been a banging project, but alas it is no more.
With so many sci-fi films in production, there are a lot of roles to be cast, and a couple of high-profile projects have been adding to their already large ensembles. Just when you think the cast of Ridley Scott’s The Martian can’t get any more impressive, it adds a handful of new names. And next time around, The Maze Runner will feature more than one lone, underwritten female character, as the sequel Scorch Trials has added a Game of Thrones star in a key position.
EW reports that Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) are joining the massive cast of The Martian. Reportedly Scott’s next film, before he embarks on either Prometheus 2 or Blade Runner 2, the cast already includes damn near everyone in Hollywood. Those three alone would be a major casting coup, but they join the likes of Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Michael Pena, Mackenzie Davis, and Jeff Daniels, who are already in place. It’s an embarrassment of riches over there, and it will be interesting to see how they make use of all of this talent.
British actor Sean Bean just joined Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, a thriller about a man who is trapped on Mars. It’s a good thing that Matt Damon is already playing the solitude-heavy lead character here, because we all know what would happen if Bean had taken the main part. It would have been a short film called Man Dies on Mars Before Being Saved. And that kind of a title doesn’t scream “box office success” at all, does it?
Bean is the latest in a relatively long line of actors to join the flick, making it even more of a must-see adventure when it comes out. There isn’t much to his character description though, as he’s only described as a NASA flight director. This doesn’t sound like he’ll be in the line of fire at any point, and I can vouch that Andy Weir’s spectacular novel doesn’t involve any NASA-set sword fights or anything, so maybe he’ll make it through this one alive.
Ebola is already all over your TV. Seriously, it’s just covered in Ebola right now, but that’s going to intensify soon, thanks, in large part, to Blade Runner director Ridley Scott. The filmmaker is going to take a detour in his busy schedule to produce, and likely direct the first episode of a limited event series based on Richard Preston’s best-selling book The Hot Zone. Subtitled A Terrifying True Story, the book recounts the origins and incidents involving the notorious hemorrhagic fever.
There’s been talk of turning The Hot Zone into a movie for years, Jodie Foster was going to star at one point. First published in 1994—adapted from an article Preston wrote for The New Yorker in 1992—it came out just as movies like Outbreak were sweeping the nation and causing widespread public alarm. To call the book hyperbolic and sensationalist is putting it a bit mildly, but it’s a hell of a read, and absolutely terrifying to boot. If you’re currently having any worries about Ebola, however, you should probably leave this one on the shelf.
When I first read Andy Weir’s sensational novel The Martian a couple of years ago, I never imagined it would eventually become a Ridley Scott film, boasting one of the best casts in recent memory. Two more impressive talents just got pulled in, as former Community star Donald Glover and Headhunters madman Aksel Hennie recently signed on. Say what you will about the quality of Scott’s movies, he always backs his A-listers with the best in the business.
For The Martian, Matt Damon plays Mark Watney, who is part of a NASA mission situated on Mars. Hennie plays one of his fellow astronauts, joined by Michael Peña, Kate Mara, and Jessica Chastain. There is a huge dust storm that causes major complications, and the bulk of the team has to immediately pack up and leave the planet. Unfortunately, Mark is assumed dead and he’s left behind. (That qualifies as a worst day ever for anyone, I’d think.) Luckily, Mark is like a MacGyver with a brain for science and technology, so he makes it his mission to survive. Chastain’s character leads the rescue mission to try and save Mark. Back on Earth, Jeff Daniels will serve as the director of NASA, and Mackenzie Davis and Glover will play NASA employees.