We haven’t heard much rumbling around with the upcoming British science fiction film Last Days on Mars. It premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France with very little fanfare, and it’s due in some English theaters this September. Focus Features has released a new clip from the space voyage film that hints at the sci-fi movie’s mysterious horror elements.
Irish director Ruairi Robinson was supposed to direct the defunct live-action American Akira remake. Robinson at least directed a film that will be coming out soon enough. Last Days on Mars boasts an all-star cast including Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostić, Tom Cullen, and Yusra Warsama.
The film is based on British sci-fi writer Sydney J. Bounds’ short story called “The Animators.” It follows a crew of astronauts on a mission to collect rock specimens on Mars. But before the secondary crew arrives to relieve them of their duty, two astronauts go back to one of the excavation sites and discover something deadly on the Red Planet. In some ways, the premise sounds like John Carpenter’s The Thing, only on Mars.
Last Days on Mars is Ruairi Robinson’s directorial debut film, and he’s stated that his first work was influenced by the work of Paul Greengrass, Sergio Leone, and Michael Mann. Robinson wanted to create a claustrophobic tone that resembles Ridley Scott’s Alien. Just from looking at this very brief clip, it feels like Ruairi Robinson accomplished that feat.
There is no American release date set for Last Days on Mars, but hopefully it would be released soon. The new science fiction film will hit theaters in the U.K. on September 19.