Briefly: The only thing constant in Hollywood is change. A few years ago it was looking like we were going to see little from major studios but big-name tentpole movies based on existing properties. And while those films are still being produced, there’s a strong trend now towards tentpoles that are either original or based on more hardcore properties as well. Just look at films like All You Need is Kill, Oblivion, After Earth, and Ender’s Game. In short, it’s a good time for big sci-fi on movie screens.

Now Disney — which cut loose Oblivion, you’ll recall — is pairing Nicole Perlman, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy writers, with Justin Springer, a producer on Tron: Legacy, to create Terra Incognita. The original pitch hasn’t been revealed, but given the meaning of that Latin phrase (“unknown land”) and the people involved, there’s the assumption that this is a new piece of original sci-fi from Disney. At the very least, it is an original project, and could end up being something that fans of big genre projects will be interested in. [Variety]

 

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Why are we posting a trailer for a Disney movie titled Prom? Good question.

Prom is directed by Joe Nussbaum, who made a name for himself with the 1999 short film George Lucas in Love (also embedded after the jump, just in case you haven’t seen it), and has since been involved in teen and pre-teen films like Sleepover, Sydney White and the direct to DVD American Pie film American Pie Presents The Naked Mile. Prom is a movie about a group of teenagers get ready for their high school prom, of course.

Also, the movie is the next project from Justin Springer, co-producer of Tron Legacy. Yup, imagine that — going from Tron to Prom. Crazy. Or really not so crazy if you think about it — this type of film makes complete sense for Disney, especially with Rich Ross now aboard as Chairman. Ross formerly served as president of Disney Channels Worldwide from 2004-2009, where he had huge success with projects like High School Musical.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer now. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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