The Apollo missions have been the cause of much wonder and speculation, and a new feature based upon the book by author Barry N. Malzberg entitled Beyond Apollo is casting up and headed our way.
Directed by Michael Grodner, Beyond Apollo stars the recently signed Ali Larter (“Heroes”, Resident Evil), Scott Speedman (Underworld), and Bill Pullman (Independence Day, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Lost Highway).
Produced by Aaron Ockman (Children of the Corn: Genesis, Hellraiser: Revelations), the interstellar terror tale now has the support of sales company Stealth Media Group with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves signing on as an executive producer. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in the fall.
Look for more on this flick soon. In the interim dig on the plot details below.
The first two-man mission to Venus is aborted in mid-flight and abruptly returns back to Earth. When rescue crews go to retrieve the space capsule, they make a startling discovery: The Captain is missing, there is no sign of his body whatsoever – and strangely enough, the lone surviving astronaut has no clue about what took place.
Beyond Apollo tells the riveting story of when that astronaut, Harry Evans, returns to earth and must answer to the authorities about what really happened on board the doomed flight to Venus. His mind-bending struggle to figure that out is a harrowing journey through the possibilities: Was the Captain murdered? Did he commit suicide? Or were alien beings responsible for his demise? The answer, as Evans will eventually discover, is far more terrifying than anything he could possibly imagine.
Based on the award winning book by Barry N. Malzberg, Beyond Apollo captures the eerie isolation of delving into the unknown, begs us to ask the unanswerable, and marks the separation between the real, unreal and surreal.
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Forbidden Planet has posted an interview with director Matthew Gratzner in which he talks about UFO, his feature adaptation of the Gerry Anderson-created 1970sseries.
In the film, Joshua Jackson (“Fringe”) will star as Paul Foster, a test pilot who joins S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense), a covert organization built under a Hollywood studio that defends Earth against a race of aliens who have been abducting humans and using the body parts.
In the interview, Gratzner says that “Heroes” staris a frontrunner for the role of Virginia Lake.
“We’ve talked to Ali Larter, who’s very interested,” he said. “I’ve actually met with her, and I think she would be a great addition to the picture. Lake is very strong and obviously also very feminine, and Ali Larter definitely encompasses that.”
The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
Screen Gems thriller Obsessed, starring Idris Elba, Beyoncé Knowles and Ali Larter, dominated the box office with an estimated $28.5 million, making it the seventh-biggest opening ever for the month April. The film, which was made for just $20 million, debuted in 2,514and averaged a strong $11,337 per site.
New Line/Warner Bros.’ 17 Again dropped 50.8% in tickets sales and to second place, adding $11.7 million in its second weekend. The Zac Efron comedy has earned $39.97 million so far.
The other three newcomers–Rogue Pictures’ Fighting, Warner Bros.’ The Soloist, and Disneynature’s Earth–took third, fourth and fifth place, respectively. Fighting opened to $11.4 million from 2,309 theaters, The Soloist made $9.7 million in 2,024 theaters, and documentary Earth collected $8.6 million from 1,804 theaters. The latter has made $14.2 million since opening on Wednesday.
DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens followed closely in sixth place with $8.5 million in its fifth weekend. The top domestic earner of the year so far has made $174.8 million. Worldwide, the film has reached $317 million.
In seventh, Universal’s State of Play earned $6.9 million its second weekend and stands at $25.1 million, while Disney’s Hannah Montana The Movie added $6.4 million in eighth for a total of $65.6 million after three weeks.
Universal’s Fast & Furious pulled in $6.1 million in ninth for a total of $145.2 million domestically. The action-thriller, produced for $85 million, is the top international grosser so far with $170 million. Worldwide, it is up to $315.2.
Sorry for slow updates. I have been really busy with the holiday season. Now I have more free time to update. I know I should have posted this sooner. The trailer for ‘Obsessed‘ is now online. This movie looks really good.