Daniel Espinosa interview

Daniel Espinosa made his directorial debut with Easy Money, originally called Snabba Cash. His Scorsese-presented gangster pic has an aggressive atmosphere, and it ultimately helped him land his second feature and first studio gig, Safe House. Since then, he’s directed Child 44 – a movie that reportedly had some difficulties – and his latest film, Life.

Espinosa’s sci-fi horror thriller, which came out this past weekend, often moves as efficiently as the film’s deadly alien, Calvin. The first living organism found on Mars creates a whole mess of problems for the crew on the International Space Station, all of whom Espinosa introduces in an eight-minute one shot.

We recently spoke with the director about the technically complicated shot, Alien and The Thing, the “disease of green screen,” and Life‘s crazy ending.

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life super bowl spot

After its underwhelming opening weekend at the box-office, a Life sequel appears very unlikely. Nobody was expecting a follow-up to the lean sci-fi horror movie anyway, but screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick actually have an idea or two for how to continue the story. It turns out that the duo has a bigger Aliens-esque sequel in mind for their Alien-esque film.

Below, check out their thoughts on a Life sequel (SPOILERS for Life ahead).

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akira down to two directors

There are many cautionary tales of Hollywood’s “development hell,” but none perhaps quite as storied as the attempts to adapt a live-action adaptation of the groundbreaking anime classic, Akira.

Now Warner Bros. has appeared to narrow down their shortlist to two directors, one of which has just released a movie this weekend.

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life super bowl spot

Jake Gyllenhaal has become one of the most consistently solid actors working today. He went on a heck of a hot streak recently with Prisoners, End of Watch, Enemy, and Nightcrawler, and though his movies have been a bit more hit or miss since then, he still regularly delivers stirring, compelling performances that are always worth discussing.

Therefore it should come as no surprise that he’s one of the most interesting characters in Life, the new ensemble sci-fi film directed by Daniel Espinosa, and it appears that the two cultivated a good working relationship on that set because they’re reportedly reuniting for a new war movie that’s based on a true story. Read More »

life review

Once upon a time, Life would have been made for a sack of pennies on a set made out of cardboard and released as the bottom half of a double bill alongside whatever Roger Corman was making that year. Take away the modern window dressing and you’re left with one the great B-movie templates: there is a spaceship and there is a monster on the spaceship and everything does not go well on that spaceship.

Life takes that template and pretties it up. There are movie stars and expensive special effects and a thick layer of Hollywood gloss, but the finished film cannot hide its origins: this is schlock in an Armani suit, junkfood beneath filet mignon. And that’s perfectly fine.

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Life red band trailer

With Daniel Espinosa‘s science-fiction thriller, Life, only about a week away from hitting theaters, we’re starting to see more than we maybe need to see from the movie. The previous trailers haven’t revealed too much of the alien threat aboard the International Space Station, but a new red band trailer shows how much the life form grows throughout the movie, as it terrorizes Jake GyllenhaalRyan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson.

Below, watch the Life red band trailer along with some clips and a featurette from the movie.

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life clip

Jake GyllenhaalRyan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson discover the first proof of life on Mars. What could possibly go wrong? A whole lot based on the trailers for Daniel Espinosa‘s (Easy Money) space thriller, Life, which hopefully has more to offer than a blend of Alien and Gravity.

Below, watch an extended Life clip.

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Life Trailer
Last night during The Walking Dead, Sony Pictures premiered the trailer for Life. No, this isn’t the Anton Corbijn-directed Robert Pattinson biography of the Life Magazine photographer from last year. This is the 2017 science fiction thriller about an international space crew that discovers life on Mars. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44) and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, Deadpool), the film features Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine) and Ryan Reynolds. Watch the Life trailer now embedded after the jump.

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Jake Gyllenhaal in Enemy

Mars is attracting white-hot stars. Rebecca Ferguson was the first to sign on for Daniel Espinosa‘s sci-fi thriller Life, hot on the heels of her breakout role in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and Ryan Reynoldscasting was revealed just days after Deadpool‘s record-breaking opening weekend. Now it’s sucked Jake Gyllenhaal into its orbit as well. Whatever else this movie has going for or against it, that cast alone makes Life worth a look.  Read More »

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Daniel Espinosa directing Safe House

Now that he’s done putting the finishing touches on Child 44, Daniel Espinosa is lining up his next project. He’s entered talks to direct Morningstar, a sci-fi actioner for Warner Bros. It’s something of a change of pace for him, as he’s known for more “realistic” crime dramas and action thrillers. Read all about the Daniel Espinosa Morningstar project after the jump.  Read More »