Hollywood has been trying to get a US remake of Ghost in the Shell off the ground for years, and now it’s finally happened. Scarlett Johansson stars front and centre in the lead as Major, a cyborg cop tasked with bringing down the most dangerous and notorious criminals. Continue reading
Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell adaptation has added its second big Japanese star to the cast, with Rila Fukushima joining the Scarlett Johansson-led sci-fi blockbuster. The film was originally set up at Disney for release next year. But when their partnership with DreamWorks wasn’t renewed, Paramount snapped up the North American rights alongside the international rights they already owned. Continue reading
Fans of Mike Cahill’s acclaimed narrative debut, Another Earth, can finally sleep easy. Until now, his award-winning sophomore feature, I Origins, has remained without a release date, but it looks like that’s finally changed.
The sci-fi/drama began its limited release in the US this time last week under distributor Fox Searchlight, opening in just four cinemas and taking a respectable $27,652. The film is set to expand over the next few weeks, opening today in Canada, and now Fox’s UK arm is set to release the film on our shores on September 26th.
Cahill reunites with frequent collaborator Brit Marling, with Marling joined by Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide), and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).
I ORIGINS, the second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen (Brit Marling), they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.
Three years ago, Mike Cahill made waves with his narrative directorial debut, Another Earth, one of the most memorable independent films in years. Three months ago, he returned to Park City to debut his latest feature, I Origins, at Sundance, and it was met with an equally welcome reception.
Fox Searchlight were quick to acquire the film’s worldwide rights, and last night they launched the first trailer over on Apple, giving a brilliant taste of what’s sure to be one of the most fascinating films of the year. A film revolving around questions of science versus faith, reincarnation versus despair, and life versus death is definitely one I want to see.
I ORIGINS follows a molecular biologist whose study of the human eye points to evidence with far reaching implications about our scientific and spiritual beliefs.