Monsters! Aliens! Trolls! A look at the creature features coming our way.
Written by Matthew Pejkovic
STARRING ERIC BALFOUR, SCOTTIE THOMPSON, DONALD FAISON, DAVID ZAYAS
DIRECTED BY COLIN STRAUSE, GREG STRAUSE
RELEASE DATE AUS: NOVEMBER 11, 2010
UK: NOVEMBER 12, 2010
USA: NOVEMBER 12, 2010
One of many alien invasion movies to be released during 2010-2011, Skyline promises to be a VFX spectacle sure to appease many a sci-fi junkie.
The film focuses a group of survivors (Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison) trying to stay one step ahead an imposing extraterrestrial force literally swallowing the human race.
Skyline is directed by The Strause Brothers (Colin and Greg), VFX wizards who made their directorial debut on AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator-Requiem. Hopefully their sophomore effort will be an improvement.
STARRING SCOTT McNAIRY, WHITNEY ABLE
DIRECTED BY GARETH EDWARDS
RELEASE DATE AUS: NOVEMBER 25, 2010
UK: 12 NOVEMBER, 2010
USA: 29 OCTOBER, 2010
There is a lot of hype surrounding Monsters, a post alien invasion movie with a political undercurrent.
Written and directed by Gareth Edwards, the film focuses on a news journalist and an American tourist (Scoot McNairy & Whitney Able) making their way through the infected zone in Mexico to the US border.
Of course many an alien monster make an appearance in the proceedings.
Early reviews have been mixed, with the best hailing its innovation, and the worst damning its plodding romance.
The rest of us will see for ourselves later this year.
THE TROLL HUNTER
DIRECTED BY ANDREW OVREDAL
RELEASE DATE AUS: NA
From Norway comes The Troll Hunter, a mockumentary style monster movie which features a film crew searching for trolls in the north of Norway and getting more than the expected.
A recent trailer promises much fun from writer / director Andre Ovredal, as Blair Witch Project-esque visuals mixed with a quirky monster movie aesthetic.
No much is available in the way of cast info or release dates. Hopefully that will change, because this looks like a winner.
BATTLE: LOS ANGELES
STARRING AARON ECKHART, MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, BRIDGET MOYNAHAN, MICHAEL PENA
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN LIEBERMAN
RELEASE DATE AUS: MARCH 24, 2011
UK: MARCH 25, 2011
USA: MARCH 11, 2011
Sony Pictures’ addition to the wave of creature movies sprouting from the success of the District 9 revolves around a Marine platoon doing battle against alien invaders in downtown Los Angeles.
Battle: Los Angeles will star the always reliable Aaron Eckhart as the platoon’s staff sergeant, while sci-fi/horror stalwart Jonathan Lieberman (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) is directing.
The film is currently in post production with a March 2011 release on the cards. Viral marketing has already begun to hit the web.
COWBOYS & ALIENS
STARRING DANIEL CRAIG, HARRISON FORD, OLIVIA WILDE, SAM ROCKWELL, PAUL DANO
DIRECTED BY JON FAVREAU
RELEASE DATE AUS: NA
USA: JULY 29, 2011
Jon Favreau’s first post Iron Man work will be an adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens.
Daniel Craig will star as a mysterious gunslinger, who teams up with an iron-fisted Colonel (Harrison Ford) to protect a small town from alien invaders.
Playing support to the formidable pairing of Craig and Ford will be genre darlings Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde.
Shooting is still underway, with a projected July release date announced.