Invasion cast

Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is about to get back in science fiction mode.

Emmy winner Ahmed and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) have joined the cast of Invasion, a new sci-fi thriller that’s been acquired by Amazon Studios. Get the details about the upcoming project below.  Read More »


Summit is best known for Twilight, but the company has put weight behind other genre-ish stuff that has, let’s say, a more masculine appeal. As recent examples, there was the semi-superhero film Push, and the Nic Cage film Knowing. Now the studio is getting behind an adaptation of the Top Cow comic series Alibi and an alien invasion film called, er, Invasion. Read More »

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Ben Magid‘s spec screenplay Invasion has sold to Summit Entertainment/Participant for low to mid six figures. The story, which is an alien invasion thriller in the same vein as Cloverfield, is being produced by Eli Roth and Eric Newman (Children of Men, Slither). According to Shock, “the film opens with a wicked subway accident in Los Angeles in which the survivors (the film’s protagonists) climb from the wreckage to find the, now “snowy,” city in ruins.” No further details are available at this time. Magid made a name for himself in 2006, selling a pitch to New Line for his script Pan, a spin on J.M. Barrie’s tale of Peter Pan, where Pan is a villain being hunted by a police captain named Hook. He has since taken a stab at an early draft for the live-action adaptation of Hack/Slash.

With the success of recent films like the Transformers movies and District 9 (and to a lesser extent, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is the 26th highest grossing film worldwide), it seems like Hollywood is going alien crazy, giving the green light and putting a lot of alien-based stories in development — more than ever before. In a couple years, will aliens be the new vampires? Here is a round up of the alien-related projects in development right now.

  • Sam Raimi made news earlier in the week by snapping up Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Alvarez after his alien invasion sci-fi short film Panic Attack went viral on the web. The plan is to develop a feature film.
  • James Cameron‘s Avatar is set on the alien world of Pandora, with tall blue tiger-striped aliens named the Na’vi. Cameron hopes to shoot two sequels,
  • Jonathan Liebsman‘s Black Hawk Down-style alien invasion film Battle: Los Angeles, which is currently shooting for a 2011 release.
  • The alien invasion television series V is currently in primetime.

23 more film projects listed after jump.

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Judd Apatow is among the hottest talents in Hollywood right now. Apatow really hit his stride producing, writing and directing August 2005’s The 40-Year-Old-Virgin ($21.4M opening – $109.4M cume), producing last August’s Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ($47M opening – $148.2M cume) and producing, writing and directing June’s Knocked Up ($30.6M opening – $148.8M cume to-date). Now, he’s produced Superbad (Sony), which is written by his Knocked Up star Seth Rogan. Read More »