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Ryan Reynolds Sci-Fi Thriller Selfless Hits Theaters Next Fall

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rrThis website doesn’t seem like it attracts the kind of crowd that went apeshit for last year’s Snow White adaptation Mirror Mirror, but its director, Tarsem Singh, has created some of the most gorgeous visuals in cinema with movies such as The Fall, Immortals and The Cell. Again, I’m only talking about the visuals here, as the scripts for the films he directs tend to look settled for.

But he’s coming into the science fiction genre with his next film, Selfless, and now we know when we can expect to see some of Tarsem’s ghoulishly haunting imagery. The film has landed September 26, 2014 as its release date. By keeping it that far out, it either means the film will utilize a host of digitally modified imagery, or it isn’t getting filmed for a while yet. This is the same date that production company Laika (ParaNorman) will be releasing their next stop-motion animation feature, The Boxtrolls, an adaptation of Alan Snow’s Here Be Monsters!. At this point, I’m much more interested in Laika’s work, but I’m willing to keep an open mind.

The unconventional Selfless will star Ryan Reynolds — Mr. “I’m too good to make another terrible Green Lantern movie” — and will follow a dying billionaire who puts his money where his chance for eternal life is by buying into a underground medical procedure called “shredding.” It will supposedly put his conscious mind into the body of a freshly deceased young corpse. If you can imagine, things go horribly wrong as he begins to experience flashbacks of how the body ended up available for the procedure. It indeed sounds like a mash-up of a bunch of different movies, but it’s Tarsem’s presence that keeps me hopeful, as Reynolds isn’t capable of making a terrible movie better.

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