Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies That Aren’t Remakes, Sequels or Prequels

Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies That Aren’t Remakes, Sequels or Prequels


Charlie Jane Anders

They're rebooting Spider-Man. They're remaking Total Recall. Sometimes, when you're in the middle of summer movie craziness, it can seem like every movie is based on an already-existing movie. But that's not really true — there are actually tons of genre movies in development that are new concepts, at least as far as the movies go. Some of them have already finished filming, while others will never get made.

Is any of them the next Inception or District 9? We'll find out when you do. But here's our round-up of 50-odd science fiction and fantasy movies in the pipeline that aren't sequels, reboots, remakes or prequels of existing films. Thanks to reader Adam J. O'Donnell, who asked us on Twitter for a list of this sort.

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Anyone seeing a movie this summer they would like to share?

I would like to see all the movies they have listed there. I think they all look awesome!

But I also happen to really love sci-fi, fantasy and action/horror.

The link doesn't work for me. :(

Ok I'll see if I can edit the discussion after I get home.
Yes thanks I wasn't able to get back to it. Appreciate it!

I'm not surprised that almost everything listed is based on a book, comic or graphic novel. I fear the nerd rage that will inevitably surround the releases of Neuromancer, Ender's Game and Snow Crash.

It depends how they treat the source material.  You can change details, but you can't reverse major themes.

In Ender's Game, for example, I'm sure they'll have to do a bit of time compression.  When you have the visuals of live actors, and you see they're not aging four years over the course of the story, you'll have to explain it or adjust things a little.  You'll have to remove most or all of the nudity.  In a novel, the nudity as a demonstration of childhood innocence works.  On screen, it won't fly.

One of the major changes I would make would be to add more female characters in the background.  You could even change a couple of the named characters into girls, without changing anything important.  Bean, for example, could be a girl, and it wouldn't matter, as long as you don't change the character of Bean.

What you can't do is completely reverse major themes.  If they cut out the brutality and deaths in the fights with Stilson and Bonzo, that would be bad.  If they reversed the cold calculation of the commanders of the battle school, that would be bad.

At least it can't be as bad as what they did to Starship Troopers.  That's the worst hatchet-job I've ever seen.  You can't take a socio-political novel and rip out the entire socio-political message ... then change "always make pickup" into "if your buddy gets into trouble, execute him."  That movie was a fucking travesty.  They even dumbed down the action.

I guess Starship Troopers is indicative of the sort of thing I'm worried about. More and more, in the hands of big studios, science fiction is becoming another flavor of action movie.

The sad part is that even if they had ripped all traces of plot out of the movie but had kept the action scenes from the book (of which there were plenty), it would have been so much cooler than the shit they put on the screen.  Those ape suits would have been freaking awesome to see in action.  The assault mission on the skinny city that the book opens with would have been far better than anything we got in the movie.  Instead, we got thousands of assholes running around, dying on foot.

Instead, we got thousands of assholes running around, dying on foot.

Best sentence of the thread.

Heh, thanks.

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