My fingers are staying crossed that the rest of 2013 goes as well it it already has been, with a large chunk of the science fiction offerings this year going the original route. Even the novel adaptations are mostly the first instances of said novel being adapted. Granted, M. Night Shyamalan is mixed up in there, but even that might not be the disaster I’m expecting. (Snort, snort.)
Insurge, a division of Paramount Pictures dealing mainly with low-budget features, will be producing the film Equinox, whose plot is being kept under lock and key, though its comparative description calls it “Dead Calm in space. That’s kind of strange, considering Dead Calm centered around a married couple and a murderer playing cat-and-mouse on a boat. That film worked mainly due to its confined location, so pretty much any sci-fi thriller set on a spaceship could be called “Dead Calm in space.”
Equinox, which is in no way related to that wacky-ass demon flick of the same name from the 1970s, is being co-written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes. Though mostly familiar for their work on a handful of direct-to-video horrors, the duo also penned Not Safe for Work, a thriller directed by Captain America‘s Joe Johnston, currently in post-production.
So yeah, it’s hard to get overly excited about a film that has “cheap crap” written all over it. But Johnston’s apparent stamp of approval on Mason and Boyes’ writing talents gives the film the burst of cred that it needs to stay on our radar. If it was anything like Johnston’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in space, I’d already be buying my ticket.