This year has the potential to be one of the best for big-screen science fiction in ages, even ignoring the probable box-office juggernaut of Star Trek Into Darkness. But once you’ve sat through Oblivion, Riddick, World War Z, Upstream Color, Ender’s Game, Elysium, Pacific Rim, and Snowpiercer, you might want to clear some time to check out a mysterious little project called Europa Report.
There hasn’t been much news about the indie SF flick, aside from some early viral marketing. Sadly, that pattern of obfuscation continues over at the movie’s Facebook page, where two new pictures have been posted, both of them stubbornly unhelpful when it comes to trying to get a feel for the movie. My prediction: there will be space, and at one point they’ll go to Europa. You heard it here first!
While there’s still not much info out there about Europa Report, there are a few things we know. It’s a found-footage science fiction film starring Sharlto Copley (of District 9 and the upcoming Elysium). A viral marketing website popped up a while back, which allows you to watch a “live stream” of the voyage. The site’s description also suggests that the movie will revolve around a mission to investigate sub-surface oceans on the moon of Jupiter, which could harbor extra-terrestrial life. Will that life be of the variety that enjoys chewing on/impregnating nosy astronauts? We’ll just have to wait and see.
The good news is that the movie recently landed a U.S. distribution deal with Magnet Releasing. While there’s no official release date yet, Magnet tends to release their films first on VOD, then in theaters, and then finally on Blu-ray/DVD. So if you’re the sort for whom making it to theaters on a regular basis is a challenge (have you met my two-year-olds?), you’ll likely be able to check out Europa Report from the comfort of your own living room.
Europa Report is the English language directorial debut from director Sebastián Cordero. In addition to Copley starring, there’s one other bit of genre-nerd bait: the music is being done by Battlestar Galactia’s Bear McCreary.