2012 saw only a handful of UFO/alien-visitation-themed movies grace the big screen – though perhaps ‘grace’ is the wrong word to use in the same sentence as Peter Berg’s lunkheaded Battleship. Men in Black 3 was inoffensive but forgettable, The Watch was offensive and forgettable, while the UFOlogically flavored space operas John Carter and Prometheus – both deeply flawed but with much about them to admire – divided critics as well as audiences.
But the next two years are set to be bumper ones for UFOs at the box-office, with at least 26 headed our way in 2013 and 2014.
Some sound good and some sound REALLY STINKY:
The surviving members of the Monty Python team will reunite for the first time in 15 years to bring us a sci-fi comedy combining CG and live action. The film – titled Absolutely Anything – will also feature dogs, aliens and Robin Williams.
Atari’s classic video game, Asteroids, is to be adapted for Hollywood, possibly with master of disaster Roland Emmerich at the helm. The script comes from Matt Lopez, best known for co-writing Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain (2009).
An early pioneer in the research of anomalous phenomena – from ghosts to UFOs and everything in between – Charles Fort is to get his very own eponymously titled Hollywood movie. Charles Fort is to be produced by Robert Zemeckis for Universal Pictures and adapted from the 2002 Dark Horse Comics series Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained, which portrayed Fort as an adventurous investigator pursuing aliens and murderers in turn-of-the-19th-century New York City.
Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld has teamed-up with comic book writer Grant Morrison to develop a graphic novel and movie sharing the same name: Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens, which will chronicle a secret, prehistoric battle for the Earth.
Disney’s 1986 alien abduction fantasy Flight of the Navigator has been placed on remake row, with an updating of the movie now in active development at the House of Mouse.
Transformers director Michael Bay has suggested that his production company’s upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reboot will be entirely rewriting the Turtles’ origins story and presenting the ‘heroes in a half-shell’ not as mutants, but as extraterrestrials.
There were two featuring Tom Cruise, Transformers 4 and would you believe not only Area 51 but Area 52? Thor in space? A Stephanie Meyer’s alien romance? Eww. Not promising.