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The Matrix, Donnie Darko, And More Get Classy With Fake Criterion Covers

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CriterionIf you’re not a die-hard cinephile, you might know know what “the Criterion Collection” is. The high-end Blu-ray and DVD publisher releases “important classic and contemporary films.” A quick survey of their new and coming soon listings include titles like It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, and Richard Linklater’s Slacker. Being a high-falutin’ line as they are, they don’t have nearly as many science fiction films represented as they should. Artist Peter Stults decided to remedy that.

Okay, so he can’t actually make Criterion give fancy-schmancy new releases to flicks like The Matrix and Starship Troopers…but he can ape the visual style of Criterion’s cover art to show what those hypothetical Blu-rays might look like. For instance, check out this classy image that could adorn a Donnie Darko Criterion version. Like many Criterion releases, it’s evocative and symbolic, latching on to important visual elements from the film, in this case the pages from Roberta Sparrow’s The Philosophy of Time Travel.

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Warner Bros Goes Back To The Island Of Doctor Moreau, Again

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The Island of Dr. MoreauWarner Bros is looking to remake H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel The Island of Dr. Moreau into a full-length feature film. Although there have already been six film versions (and a Simpsons spoof) of Wells’ 1896 book, the new and updated version will add a modern environmental spin to the central story.

According to Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio and his producing partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran’s Appian Way Productions is joining forces with Warner Bros to take this story out for yet another spin. Appian Way will also co-produce the sci-fi film with Mad Hatter Entertainment’s Michael Connolly. The project recently found screenwriters with Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, who will adapt the book for a contemporary audience.