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The Movie Drafted Will Ask, What If You Were Conscripted To Fight Aliens?

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DraftedWe scrappy Earthlings have been tussling with aliens for decades now…at least in our imaginations. Whether it’s Earth’s own natural defenses taking down Martian invaders in H.G. WellsThe War of the World or Johnny Rico and company blasting bugs in Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, science fiction is forever examining how our own warlike nature would hold up when confronted with alien enemies. Now another of those stories is headed for the small screen, as Marc Powers’ comic series Drafted is being developed into a potential feature film.

First published in 2007 by Devil’s Due Entertainment, Drafted imagines a future where mankind has made first contact with an alien species…but our new cosmic neighbors have got some really bad news for us. Specifically, that there’s a massive intergalactic invasion on the way, and mankind can either join the fight to help or look forward to being obliterated by those invaders. That’s the sort of threat where desperate actions are needed, so men, women, and children alike are drafted into the fight, and that fight goes well. But in its aftermath, as Deadline puts it, the “humans learn they may have been helping the wrong side all along.” Whoops.

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Home Trailer: Watch An Alien Save The Planet With Rihanna

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We’ve seen multitudes of alien races trying to destroy the Earth over the years—don’t worry, I’m only talking about in movies—but rarely are we introduced to aliens that actually want to save the planet. Meet Oh the Boov, as voiced by Emmy-winner Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), who teams up with a young girl voiced by Rihanna for an otherworldly adventure filled with danger, explosions, and Sean Paul’s “Get Busy.” Check out the latest trailer below for Home and try not to embarrass me by dancing to it.

We all know that DreamWorks Animation is a hit or miss studio, with movies like How to Train Your Dragon and Mr. Peabody & Sherman standing far above more forgetful affairs like Rise of the Guardians or whatever Madagascar movie they’re on now. And it’s rather hard to tell where Home is going to fall on that spectrum.

For one, its cute alien main character thinks his name is “Oh” because all of his “friends” greet him with that exact exasperated exclamation, which is pretty clever. On the opposite side, there’s that eleven-year-old Sean Paul song, which Oh dances to and shakes his hands without caring. It’s scenes like this, which probably took months of storyboarding and animating, that exhibit everything wrong with Hollywood for children. This movie is partially aimed at people that weren’t even alive when that song came out.

Widening the scope beyond dancehall hits, Home sees the Boov alien race—far from the smartest in the universe—invading Earth to use it as a hiding spot, as they’re trying to stay outside the scope of their enemies. Thinking that they’re helping out, the Boov begin to relocate humanity, but one young girl, Tip (Rihanna), heads out on the run, where she meets up with Oh, who accidentally alerts the alien enemies to their location. That’s presumably once the more visually fantastic things in the trailer happen, as there are a lot of large-scale disasters, both on and off the planet. Perfect time to take a picture.

homeHome is based on the beloved children’s novel The True Meaning of Smekday, written by Adam Rex in 2007. Rex has a sequel coming out, Smek for President, in February 2015, so if DreamWorks makes bank with Home, you can bet they’ll head straight into production on that sequel.

Also starring Matt Jones, Jennifer Lopez, and Steve Martin, Home isn’t set to invade theaters until March 27, 2015. Which means “Get Busy” will be even older then.

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Zack Snyder Says This Alien-Powered Hero Might Join The DC Movie Universe

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BeetleIn their quest to challenge Marvel’s ridiculous success at the box office, DC recently announced a multi-year film slate that includes new Superman and Batman movies, two Justice Leagues, and solo films for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Shazam, Green Lantern, and Cyborg. That last one’s still a surprise to me. Although Cyborg is a founding member of the Justice League in DC’s rebooted New 52 universe, he’s still considerably more obscure than anybody else on that list. It makes you wonder how far into the deep cuts director Zack Snyder might venture as the DC Cinematic Universe continues to expand. To hear Snyder tell it, a few years down the line we might actually see somebody like the Blue Beetle get his time in the spotlight.

While speaking to a Detroit radio station, Snyder hinted that future DC movies might continue to showcase more than just DC’s A-list heavy-hitters. You can listen to the full interview below, but the relevant section begins at the 7:35 mark, when Snyder says, “As we add to the justice League we bring in some of the more obscure, like Blue Beetle or something.”

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Syfy Returns To Defiance For Season 3 And More Alien Action

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DefianceS2Syfy is making a big push when it comes to producing original content, with a dozen or so shows on in various stages of development, and some new ones, like Z Nation ,already joining the likes of Helix and Continuum on the air. This isn’t entirely new, however, as they dangled their toe back into that pool a while back with Defiance, with good results, and fans of that show don’t need to worry about their favorite program getting lost in the shuffle, as the network has just renewed it for another season.

According to a press release that dropped yesterday, Syfy is giving the action heavy alien drama an order for a 13-episode season 3, which will premiere on the network in 2015. Universal Cable Productions will continue to produce the show—as well as the supernatural thriller Dominion, which was also renewed—and Kevin Murphy will resume his duties as showrunner and executive producer.

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Whitley Strieber’s Alien Hunter Adaptation Gets Straight To Series Order From Syfy

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SyfySyfy is going through something of a reinvention. Over the last few years they’ve gone from being an oasis of genre programing to filling their schedule with schlocky, poorly made creature features, reality TV shows, and even professional wrestling, which, though definitely outlandish at times, has little to nothing to do with science fiction. That’s changing, however. The network is making a hard push at getting back in the original sci-fi content game, broadcasting the Canadian hit Continuum, debuting Helix earlier this year, Z Nation just premiered, and they have an insane slate of shows in various stages of development. And now they’re adding one more notable title.

Deadline reports that Syfy has given the alien drama Hunters, which is only a working title at this point, a 13-episode straight-to-series order. Based on Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel Alien Hunter, also not a particularly good name, the series is also bringing along super producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Terminator 2, and far too many genre favorites to mention) for the ride. Natalie Chaidez, who worked on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Heroes, and V, among others, is handling the writing duties and will also help with the executive producing duties. All of that taken together, you understand why the network gave it the go ahead so fast.

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V For Vendetta Director’s Next Flick Involves Aliens, Spies, And Conspiracy

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v for vendettaSay what you will about the Wachowski siblings, they’re interesting filmmakers with visions that are distinct from most of Hollywood’s major players. So you’d think that a protégé of theirs would have carved out a more recognizable place for themselves in cinema, but director James McTeigue hasn’t quite risen up past the potential attached to his name after he put out his 2005 debut feature V for Vendetta. Perhaps he will once again garner critical and popular acclaim with his next flick, the otherworldly thriller Alien Sleeper Cell. To be clear, I’m not entirely certain a movie with that name is acclaim-worthy, but this will be a good litmus test.

McTeigue will be working with Joe Gatta and Joni Sighvatsson’s new outlet ScanBox Studios, along with Prime Universe Films (Hitman: Agent 47). The plot details are being kept under Area 51-type lock and key, but it’s being described as in the same vein as The Bourne Identity and FX’s The Americans, only happening during an alien invasion. Does that mean the government is going to be behind everything, or that it will have an international flair, or both? It’s kind of exciting to think about aliens entering into a conspiratorial spy story. Pod people, unite!