You’d think that people would have learned the lessons of Arthur C. Clarke: stay the hell away from Jupiter and her moons, ’cause weird stuff happens there. Apparently that lesson wasn’t absorbed by the characters at the heart of the upcoming SF film The Europa Report (or simply Europa, depending on which news story you’re reading). We first heard about the flick several months back, when it was described as a “contemporary space adventure” starring District 9‘s Sharlto Copley and to be helmed by Ecuadorian director Sebastian Cordero. While the film likely will not arrive until 2013, the filmmakers have launched a new website that embraces that ever-popular strategy: viral marketing.
The Europa Report is about the first manned mission to Jupiter’s titular moon. The new website poses as the homepage for “Europa Ventures LLC,” the private corporation funding the trip. At the moment the only tidbit provided by the site is a montage of footage ostensibly taken from inside the ship on its way to Europa. We see the crew members doing all the things you’d expect a half dozen people trapped inside a tin can for an extended period to do: exercise, play cards, eat meals, etc. While there are no surprises just yet, there are a number of links on the site that go to a log-in screen, so there will likely be more interesting content posted as the film gets closer to release. In the meantime, take a look at the video and the fairly impressive set design for the ship interior.
The site also includes a mission statement for the fictional company:
For decades, scientists have theorized the existence of liquid water oceans on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. We’ve recently discovered new, captivating evidence that these sub-surface oceans do exist and could support life. We’ve sent six astronauts from space programs throughout the world on a three year journey to Europa to explore its oceans and confirm these findings. We’re proud to be at the forefront of the effort to prove the existence of extra-terrestrial life within our solar system, within our lifetimes.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this one. I have a feeling it’s gonna get interesting.