Think of all the ridiculous, crazy things you’ve ever seen in science fiction movies: X-Wing Fighters flying through trenches, aliens bleeding acid blood, giant robots that transform into cars. Take all of those things into consideration and then realize this. NASA has named Roland Emmerich‘s film 2012 the least plausible science fiction movie ever made. They also made an inverse list, naming Andrew Niccol‘s Gattaca as the most plausible science fiction movie ever made. Want to know what else is on each list? You’ve gotta hit the jump. Read More »

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Let’s start with the most interesting TV news tonight: MTV got to sit down with Gil Grant (24, NCIS:LA), writer of the upcoming Gattaca television series, and managed to get some fascinating info from him. If you were wondering how Andrew Niccol’s film would be adapted to TV, I have two words for you: Police procedural. While it’s far from a unique concept on television, the idea of making one of the cops an Invalid (a person born without the benefit of genetic diagnosis), and another a genetically superior Valid, does seem somewhat inspired.

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Gattaca to Spawn TV Series

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We don’t know a lot about this project yet, but buried in a trade break about Denis Leary’s production shingle Apostle Films, which is developing a bunch of new shows to prepare for Rescue Me‘s scheduled 2011 end point, there’s an interesting piece of detail. The company has bought the rights to Gattaca, Andrew Niccol‘s 1997 sci-fi film, and will develop it as a television series. Read More »

Gattaca on Hulu

You can now watch the 1997 science fiction film Gattaca for free on Hulu.com. Critically acclaimed, but a box office dud, you might want to revisit the film on this lazy Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

A smart stylish thriller laced with high-wire suspense. In Gattaca only the strong succeed and the strong are genetically pre-selected at birth. But when one man dares to defy the system he gets caught in a web of lies corruption and murder. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Alan Arkin, Uma Thurman and Jude Law.

Here are a few cool trivia tidbits from IMDb:

  • The Marin County Civic Center was used as the filming location of the Gattaca Corporation. The location was also used in George Lucas’s THX 1138.  The Civic Center was designed by American star architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1957, and remains the largest Wright design ever constructed.
  • When Gattaca was first released, as part of a marketing campaign there were adverts for people to call up and have their children genetically engineered. Thousands of people called, wanting to have their offspring genetically engineered.
  • The first draft of the screenplay had no title. The film was shot under the working title “The Eighth Day”, a reference to the Biblical creation story, which states that the earth was created in six days and on the seventh day, God rested. The film was originally going to be released with this title but it ended up being contested by a Belgian film, Huitième jour, Le which had already been released in the US as “The Eight Day”.

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