Normally when discussing a movie, you don’t get to have a conversation about how science can potentially explain religion and the impact that has on the world. But not every movie discussion is with director Mike Cahill about his new movie, I Origins. The film is now in theaters and if you like intellectual sci-fi, you should check it out. It’s an engaging, mysterious love story that evolves over the course of its run time to be about the entire nature of life itself. Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Brit Marling (The East), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean 4) star in the film.
This is Cahill’s second feature. Much as in his first one, Another Earth, Cahill takes a mind-blowing sci-fi conceit and filters it through a human story. This time it’s about a scientist who, while doing research about iris recognition, falls in love with a girl because of her eyes. But it’s about much more than that.
In person, Cahill is engaging, eloquent and easy to talk to. He has big ideas about his films, not just their content but their presentation and marketing too. In our interview with him (which we’ve highlighted twice already) we talk a little about the spoiler-filled marketing for the film before getting deep into a conversation about the implications of the film’s scientific and religious philosophy, how the magnificent end credits scene leads into a potential sequel, the real science that went into writing. and finally the new Hollywood model of taking filmmakers like Cahill, and giving them massive blockbusters.
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The movie I Origins, now in theaters, isn’t called that just to be clever. Writer/director Mike Cahill originally sold a film called I to Fox Searchlight, but it was too big to make at the time. So he looked at the backstory to that film and made I Origins in hopes that he’d eventually get to make I. That struggle is detailed at this link.
Now that the movie has opened in a good amount of theaters (and hopefully some of you checked it out) we wanted to dig deep into some spoilers. Specifically, how the end credits tag of I Origins (yes, there’s mind blowing, must-see Nick Fury tag on the film) would directly lead into I. Below, read what Cahill had to say about how about the super spoilery coda scene leads directly into I. Read More »
Sony and Escape Artists are reviving He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, after the toy and cartoon property spent years in development hell. At one point recently, Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) was going to direct a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger). Now Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has been hired to re-write the film, and there is supposition that he could direct as well. Read More »
The first trailer for the Sundance sci-fi hit I Origins is now online. Written and directed by Mike Cahill (Another Earth), it stars Michael Pitt and Brit Marling as scientists studying the evolution of the human eye. They make a discovery that raises some serious questions involving God, the afterlife, science and more.
After its Sundance premiere, Peter said it was “a haunting film that explores the idea of a supreme maker, the afterlife and the concept of souls through the eye of a science-grounded sceptic, delivers more successfully on that mind-bending premise.” Fox Searchlight bought the rights and will release the film July 18. Below, check out the first I Origins trailer. Read More »
Jon C. Chu’s recent departure from the latest live-action adaptation of Masters of the Universe left Sony without a director. New screenwriter Terry Rossio has now had a few months to work on the script and finally, by the power of Grayskull, three names have emerged as front runners. They are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). Read More »
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If you aren’t in Park City, Utah for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the news you really want to follow is what films are getting picked up for distribution. That means you’ll get a chance to see them eventually and, so far, it’s happened for a few: Happy Christmas, Whiplash, Laggies, Dinosaur 13 and Wish I Was Here have all been bought.
Add two more titles to the list: Mike Cahill‘s sci-fi film I Origins, which was picked up by Fox Searchlight, and The Night Comes For Us Next which…technically…didn’t play Sundance because it hasn’t been shot yet. But its two principal filmmakers are here, The Raid 2‘s Gareth Evans, who’s producing, and Killers‘ director Timo Tjahjanto, directing. Radius/TWC picked up the soon-to-be action film. Read more below. Read More »
Mike Cahill‘s I Origins might be the best science vs faith movie I’ve seen since Robert Zemeckis’s Contact. That is a very huge compliment coming from me, as Contact is one of my favorite films.
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Director Mike Cahill broke out of Sundance 2011 with the sci-fi tinged drama Another Earth, featuring Brit Marling as a young woman whose process of coming to terms with her own troubled past is complicated by the revelation of a parallel Earth, apparently identical to our own. Does a version of the same woman live on that planet, and did it make the same mistakes this one did?
Now details of Cahill’s next project have come to light, and it sounds like a film that could complement Another Earth quite well. The film is i Origins, and it centers on a scientist whose success with a new breakthrough hinges on a young girl in India. Read More »
Another Earth, a sort of low-key relationship drama, is a film that did very well at Sundance — it won the special jury prize and was picked up by Fox Searchlight for release in the near future. The film hasn’t really played anywhere outside Sundance, so this teaser trailer and pair of clips is all that’s really out there to get the film in the public eye. While these aren’t really the best clips — I half expect Fox Searchlight to have them taken down — they’ll do for now, until a real, full trailer is released. Read More »