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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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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Vanessa Kirby Mission: Impossible

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) is in final negotiations to join writer-director Christopher McQuarrie‘s Mission: Impossible 6. Kirby will play a prominent, unspecified role in the sequel. If a deal is made, she’ll start shooting the sequel next month.

Below, learn more about Vanessa Kirby’s role in the Mission Impossible 6 cast below.

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life super bowl spot

Life has looked intriguing since its first trailer, which felt an awful lot like Alien and Gravity got shoved into that faulty teleportation pod from The Fly. You can see the DNA of both movies present here: extraterrestrial life is discovered, it’s not very nice, and everyone unfortunate enough to be near it must fight to survive the ensuing science fiction calamity on board the International Space Station.

While this film looks like more of a claustrophobic thriller than anything else, Columbia must have a certain amount of faith in it – they’ve laid out the cash for a proper Life Super Bowl spot and it’s effective stuff. The arrival of the spot announces the arrival of a new trailer, which you can also watch below.

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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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The Girl on the Train spoiler review

Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train is an incredibly entertaining and bleak page-turner. The deeply troubled characters are what make the novel exciting. The more pages turned, the more the characters reveal themselves, and usually in some pretty troubling, unnerving, or darkly enjoyable ways. Hawkins’ novel is arguably a better drama than it is a thriller, and the same could be said of Tate Taylor‘s adaptation. The Help director’s film is a sometimes-above-average thriller that thrives mostly on its performances.

Below, read our The Girl on the Train spoiler review.

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The Girl on the Train early buzz

Tate Taylor originally appeared like an odd pick to direct the adaptation of Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train, an exciting, brutal, and sometimes darkly funny page-turner. Taylor, who’s best known for directing The Help and Get on Up, hasn’t directed a thriller before. Based on some of the early reviews, the filmmaker doesn’t always fare well with Hawkins’ mystery, despite a committed and often chilling performance from Emily Blunt.

Below, read The Girl on the Train early buzz.

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