Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
Wired.com has an interesting report on a short film that shows the inner workings of a white blood cell. Not interested? Here’s the hook – The Wachowski Brothers are looking to use parts of the cell film in their remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. You can watch a version from YouTube after the jump.
“A couple of days before TED we got a call from Warner Bros. Pictures. Apparently the Wachowski brothers, the guys who did The Matrix, are doing a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and they had come across our animation and they wanted to know if we’d be interested in re-rendering it at film resolution so it could be included in some way as (part) of the special effects they’re planning for the movie,” Bolinsky told Wired. “So right now their lawyers are talking with the Harvard lawyers about the possibility of this.”
The Wachowski Brothers have been brought in to re-work the film’s ending, but are NOT directing the project. Oliver Hirschbiegel, director the the highly acclaimed Hitler film The Downfall helmed the new remake which is titled “The Invasion.” Producer Joel Silver was the one to bring the Brothers in on the project.
David Bolinsky screened a three-minute version of a computer-generated film, The Inner Life of the Cell, that he and colleagues at his company Xvivo created for Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The film was shown in 3D at Siggraph last summer and caused a huge stir.
The Invasion stars Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Jeffrey Wright.
The official synopsis reads: “A mysterious epidemic is sweeping the world, but it takes one Washington DC psychiatrist (Kidman) to discover that the disease is extraterrestrial in origin. When her son (Jackson Bond) becomes infected, she and a colleague (Daniel Craig) must work together to find a cure, before the entire world is lost…”
The movie, which has already undergone massive reshoots, is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros on August 17th 2007.
Jack Finney’s 1955 science fiction novel The Body Snatchers was adapted into three films (1956, 1978 and 1993) and inspired the 2005 television series Invasion. Don Siegel’s 1956 version is probably the most revered (8.0 imdb rating). The Invasion will be the fourth film adapted from Finney’s novel.