Since Warner Bros has put their Akira project in suspended animation (no pun intended), Irish director Ruairi Robinson, who was supposed to direct that film, was set to helm a sci-fi/horror film for Universal titled Last Days On Mars. There’s no telling when this film will be released, it just finished principle photography last week. Universal has released a first look at the character of Vincent (Liev Schreiber) in full space gear looking at what appears to be blood on the window of a spaceship.
The film is based on a short story called The Animators by British sci-fi writer Sydney J. Bounds. It follows a crew of astronauts and their 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. This sounds like John Carpenter’s The Thing but on Mars.
Director Ruairi Robinson has big ambitions for his directorial debut. He doesn’t want to make The Last Days On Mars a standard space horror movie. In an interview, Robinson states this film will be influenced by the movies of Paul Greengrass, Sergio Leone and Michael Mann, an interesting trio of directors indeed. He wants to create a claustrophobic tone to Last Days On Mars that resembles the first Alien movie. The movie was shot on location in Jordan to re-create the cool desert-like landscape of Mars.
Last Day On Mars should be released sometime in 2013 and will also feature Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams and Johnny Harris.