meg first look

A film adaptation of Steve Alten’s 1997 prehistoric killer shark book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror has been on and off the table for the better part of two decades now. If you journey into the /Film archives, you’ll find a 2007 post about how New Line was killing their version after years of failed development. From there, the film continued to wade through murky development hell, with various directors coming and going. Finally, earlier this year, National Treasure‘s Jon Turteltaub climbed on board, Jason Statham signed on to star, and some Chinese financing made the whole project feel like less of a risk for Warner Bros.

Now, the first image from Meg has arrived, an image that stands in defiance to both God and man. This movie has officially been willed into existence.

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As simple as they are, the opening credits for Alien are rather iconic. All the important names of the cast and crew appear on screen as the title is slowly revealed piece by piece. It appears in the movie exactly as it did in the posters leading up to the release of the film. But at one time, the title treatment was completely different, with a much stronger influence from the xenomorphs designed by the late H.R. Giger.

Check out the alternate Alien title treatment after the jump. Read More »

Westworld jimmi simpson

You know something is good when it ends up getting its own “Bits” feature on /Film. So, welcome to Westworld Bits! In this edition:

  • Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy discuss the second episode.
  • A new gallery of images from episode three, “The Stray.”
  • An HBO featurette explores the nature of our relationship to A.I.
  • Breaking down the opening titles with one of the people in charge of creating them.
  • Two new posters from New York Comic-Con.
  • One of the most fascinating takes on the show’s philosophy yet.
  • Westworld is also proving itself to be a hit overseas.

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rogue one trailer breakdown

The third and final Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer arrived this morning, so you know what that means – a third and final trailer breakdown where we go through the whole thing frame-by-frame. Join us, won’t you?

And while we can’t directly spoil anything, we can dissect this thing to within an inch of its life and dig up spoilers in the process. So act accordingly.

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Trailer

Douglas Adams‘ comedic detective novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has already been given a TV series adaptation across the pond on BBC Four. But now BBC America is bringing us an American adaptation with just the right amount of British influence, this time created and written by Chronicle and American Ultra writer Max Landis.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency stars Elijah Wood as a directionless former rocker named Todd who finds himself caught up in a mystery involving the titular time-traveling detective (played by Samuel Barnett). While Todd wants nothing to do with Dirk Gently, the energetic private eye believes that the universe will make him an integral part of what happens next, whether he likes it or not.

Somehow we missed the first Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency trailer when it arrived a couple months ago, but we’ve included it below along with a new featurette that has plenty of Max Landis hyping the show, as well as the first scene from the series featuring Todd meeting Dirk Gently for the first time. Watch all of those videos below. Read More »

Star Wars Rogue One Final Trailer

Disney has released one final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first spinoff set in the Star Wars universe. Normally, this is the part of the post where we’d say some stuff about what the movie is and who’s in it and what the story’s about, but at this point you’re probably just skipping over all of this text anyway so you can jump right to the good stuff. So let’s get to it. Watch the Rogue One final trailer below.  Read More »

stranger things season 2 fan theories

Over the summer Matt and Ross Duffer were writing Stranger Things season two. Before their hit sci-fi series even debuted on Netflix, the second season had the greenlight. Already fans are theorizing about what’s in store with season two, especially after the teaser trailer revealed some episodes titles. According to the Duffer Brothers, some of these fan theories are correct.

Below, the Duffer Brothers discuss Stranger Things season 2 fan theories and why they expanded to nine episodes.

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Valerian game

A trailer has yet to drop for Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. But the sci-fi adventure, based on the French comic book series from writer Pierre Christin and illustrator Jean-Claude Mézières, debuted footage a few months ago at San Diego Comic-Con. The various environments, the alien designs, and the costumes had Besson’s fingerprints all over them. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks like a wacky, lively, and colorful world not unlike The Fifth Element, and Spil Games will attempt to bring that world to your phone next summer.

Below, learn more about the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets video game.

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Star Wars The Old Republic Trailer

One of the chief concerns fans had about the direction of the Star Wars saga over at Disney and Lucasfilm was that the companies might not take advantage of how expansive the galaxy far, far away can be. While it makes sense that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would continue the legacy and story of the main characters from the previous two trilogies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still playing things rather safe by focusing on a plot tied directly to the events of the first movie.

We’re happy to cut Disney and Lucasfilm some slack for Rogue One since this spin-off is kind of a grand experiment to see if fans like these separate stories. But after that there’s a Han Solo spin-off, indicating that there’s not an immediate plan to branch out further away from the characters, events, and locations we’ve come to know. Sure, there’s plenty of new stuff in Rogue One, but fans want more.

It appears some of the best original stories are being told in the video game world with the MMORPG game Star Wars: The Old Republic. The game has a new expansion pack coming out this December called Knights of the Eternal Throne, and the cinematic trailer they just released for it is a perfect example of the kind of the original, standalone stories that can exist in the Star Wars universe. Read More »

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Black Mirror returns to Netflix on October 21 with its third season and I couldn’t be more excited and horrified. Charlie Brooker‘s technology-centric anthology series is the closest thing we have to a modern version of The Twilight Zone, a show that blends science fiction and horror and satire and tragedy into a delicious, mortifying, and addictive stew. Almost every episode so far has chilled me to my core and I love it to pieces and I love that a fourth season is already in the works.

But while we’re waiting, how about we all settle in and watch a pair of new Black Mirror season 3 featurettes that explore the concepts of two new Black Mirror episodes?

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