Posted April 11, 2011 by Marcia Degia - Publisher in Features
 
 

Upcoming Sci-fi Film of 2011


Nerd or not, if Sci-fi is your thing then 2011 is set to be a good year for you. We’ve already been
bestowed with the likes of Duncan Jones’ Source Code (released earlier this
month) and Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles, and there are plenty more
in the offing. We have picked 10 of the best up-and-coming sci-fi films
currently on our radar.

Attack
the Block

South
London has been taken over by aliens! In Joe Wright’s movie, Attack the Block, that
is. A group of kids living on a ‘Saaf Landan’ council estate discover their
area is being invaded by extraterrestrial beings sparking a ‘turf war’ of a
differentå kind. Therefore they ‘tool up’ with baseball bats and brooms to
defend their patch. What follows looks like a comedic alien-beating caper with
balls. Fans of Hot Fuzz will no doubt enjoy this movie (it’s made by the same
people) and stars Nick Frost and Jodie
Whittaker. Attack the Block looks set to be a sci-fi with street cred. Release date: 13
May.


X Men: First Class

This prequel spin-off from
the ever popular Marvel comic based movies, X Men, delves into the formative
years of now enemies, Xavier and Magneto. James McAvoy plays a young Professor X and Michael Fassbender is
Erik Lehnsherr, who later becomes Magneto. Original director of the X Men
films, Bryan Singer, was on board to direct but instead he is its
writer/producer with Mathew Vaughn (Kick Ass, Layer Cake) in the director’s
chair. Let the superhero tensions commence. Release date: 2 June

Transformers: Dark
Side Of The Moon

Possibly the last of this machine shape-shifting
franchise, or at least the last one directed by Michael Bay (also known for
Pearl Harbor and Bad Boys), is the third instalment of the trilogy set to be in
3D. Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft on
the moon and race against the Decepticons to find
it and learn its secrets. Regulars Shia LaBeouf, Josh
Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John
Turturro are all present in their usual
roles, however, Megan Fox’s character is absent and instead British model Rosie
Huntington-Whiteley takes her place as the obligatory eye candy and Sam’s
(Lebeouf’s) new love interest. We’re keen on Transformers 3 for many reasons,
one being to find out if a model can really act. Release date: 1 July 20011

Cowboys And Aliens

Sporting an A-list cast
including Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell, no less; this Jon
Favreau directed 19th century sci-fi adventure is one to watch out
for this summer. Set in Arizona, 1873, a group of cowboys (the aforementioned)
join forces to defend the West against an alien attack. Cowboy get-up, scowling
rugged males and some gritty fight scenes are all guaranteed. Totting up the
talent is Star Trek and Transformers writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman who wrote
the script, plus Steven Spielberg who is an executive producer. Think Wild Wild
West with real grit. Release date: 12 August

Super 8

JJ Abram’s Super 8 is set
to be a family friendly sci-fi fun for all, harking back to the days of
Spielberg’s (who is incidentally a producer) ET . Set in 1979, a group of
friends in a small Ohio town witness a train crash while wistfully making a
movie on, guess what? Yep, a Super 8 camera. What emerges from the wreck and
what happens next is far from human. It also looks like you can expect sterling
performances from stars Elle
Fanning, Amanda Michalka, and Kyle Chandler. Enjoy the intertextuality of a spooky film within
a spooky film. Release date: 19 August

Reel Steel

‘The steel never stops’ is
the tag line for this Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, The Pink Panther)
directed movie where it’s the future and 2,000 pound robots have replaced the
human form of boxing. Based on the 1956 short story Steel by Richard Matheson,
Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton a small time promoter and failed boxer who
trains and builds his own robots. Lost‘s Evangeline
Lilly, Kevin Durand and Anthony Mackie balance out the metal heads with some
human sentiment. Best of all though, Levy used actual real steel in the form of
physical animatronic robots for the epic fighting scenes instead of depending
on CGI. Release date: 7 October

The Thing

Sci-fi aficionados may
feel squeamish at the thought of a prequel to John
Carpenter’s 1982 cult classic of the same name, but we bet they’ll go and see
it anyway. Matthijs van Heijningen Jr’s prequel is set three days prior to the
original, where Palaeontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and her two assistants Davida Morris (Davetta
Sherwood) and Adam Goodman (Eric Christian Olsen) join a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across a crashed
extraterrestrial spaceship buried in the ice of Antarctica. Cue an alien Vs human battlefield full of goo, blood and guts. Put your
scepticism aside and enjoy the inevitable gore. Release date: 14 October. Trailer not available.

Contagion

This
is certainly the most star studied on the list with Jude Law, Kate Winslet,
Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow all starring in Steven
Soderbergh’s disease outbreak drama. Although little is known about Cotagion,
except its well worn infection-spreading premise, the presence of Soderbergh in
the director’s chair has got us excited already. Think Outbreak (the one with
Dustin Hoffman) but on a much slicker grander scale. Release date: 21 October. Trailer not available.

Now

Gattaca writer and
producer Andrew M Niccol directs this futuristic movie that explores vanity and
social privileges in the extreme. It’s the not-too-distant future and
scientists can switch the ageing gene off
but only for a price; meaning the rich can
live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A clever
premise teamed with talent such as Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy and a
proven director means this should be more than worth a look. Release date: 4 November. Trailer not available.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Yep, here we go again;
another planet of the apes remix in the offing. This time it’s Rupert Wyatt
directing an origin story set in present day San
Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the
development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy(you
know how it goes). Added to the mix are James Franco, Frieda Pinto and Tom
Felton. We’re keen to see if Wyatt can restore the story to glory and replace
good memories with the bad ones left behind by Tim Burton’s attempt 10 years
prior. Release date: 25 November.


Marcia Degia - Publisher

 
Marcia Degia has worked in the media industry for more than 10 years. She was previously Acting Managing Editor of Homes and Gardens magazine, Publishing Editor at Macmillan Publishers and Editor of Pride Magazine. Marcia, who has a Masters degree in Screenwriting, has also been involved in many broadcast projects. Among other things, she was the devisor of the documentary series Secret Suburbia for Living TV.