Living in an age of intense media saturation, it’s getting easy to speculate on specific plot details for sequels to films that haven’t even come out. While that’s not to say that we aren’t incredibly excited for 2011’s Thors and Green Lanterns, here’s a look at five original science fiction films that have piqued our interest by giving away as little as possible.
Battle: Los Angeles
Arriving in less than two months, Battle Los Angeles offers an update on the big-scale alien invasion, featuring a Marine platoon doing battle with otherworldly beasties across Los Angeles. Though, on paper, it may play as Independence Day for the Twitter generation, Sony has does an incredible job so far of teasing cryptic, artsy posters and the moody, stylish trailer below. Battle: Los Angeles is already being thought of for its craftsmanship when it could just as easily have become a blockbuster recognized a tie-in Whopper.
"From the Director of Moon" is already enough to sell genre fans and Summit Entertainment knows it. The Duncan Jones flick ostensibly stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a military officer trapped in a Groundhog Day-style causality loop, trying to solve the mystery of a train disaster. We’re pretty much guaranteed a cerebral sci-fi mystery, but it would be nice to see some kind of cool viral or, at least, some nifty teaser poster art. In a pinch, though, we’ll settle for the trailer below.
With the viral allegedly conceived concurrently alongside the fast-paced production, Apollo 18 is rumored to be a Paranormal Activity-style blend of sci-fi and horror, based loosely on the idea that the United States Apollo program continued in secret with a return to the moon that uncovered some disturbing results. Produced by Wanted Director Timur Bekmambetov, the Russian-Kazakh filmmaker appears to touch on Russia’s space program as well (as hinted in the eerie teaser poster below). The viral is moving steadily forward, offering a hidden website with an artificial DOS prompt. The initial sets of images have been cracked by the good people at Movie Viral, so head to them if you need some hints. More should develop soon but, until then, anything that makes NASA looks cool, is aces in our book.
The king of internet secrecy, J.J. Abrams is teaming with his hero Steven Spielberg for a bona fide Amblin Entertainment production. Though it’s rumored to deal with a group of kids who, in the 1970’s, capture an escaped alien on their Super 8 camera, we can hold very, very little to be certain at this stage, prompting rampant internet speculation that this is secretly another project altogether. Still, we know that there’s more or less a cast of primarily unknowns in place and that shooting has taken place in Weirton, West Virginia. Outside of the below trailer, there’s also a viral going which, like Abram’s Cloverfield, may wind up going nowhere but be a lot of fun regardless, especially with it’s out-of-left field focus on rare fish and popsicles.
The Darkest Hour
Another from Summit Entertainment and another produced by Timur Bekmambetov (the guy get around!), The Darkest Hour is also an alien invasion film, but one set (and shot) entirely in Moscow. The sophmore effort of Right at Your Door‘s Chris Gorak, The Darkest Hour stars Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby as traveling Americans, though details beyond that are hush hush at this stage. Though the film has showcased virtually nothing so far, it does have the release date the furthest into the future. We’re crossing our fingers for a cool viral to start any day now.