Legendary Pictures — the company that brought us such hits as “Batman Begins,” “300,” “The Dark Knight,” “Watchmen” and “The Hangover” — is now up for a little extraterrestrial visitation. Legendary Pictures has bought a script called “Pacific Rim” from screenwriter Travis Beacham (who wrote the original script for this year’s “Clash of the Titans” remake).
The plot involves an ambush on Earth by “malevolent creatures” that forces the commonwealths of the world to unite and use advanced technology and weaponry to eradicate the growing menace. Travis Beacham turned in a detailed 25-page script, which Legendary Pictures purchased for a high six-figure sum.
Beacham is an up-and-coming writer in Hollywood, having written “Clash of the Titans “and “Pacific Rim.” He is also working on re-makes of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Black Hole.” There are also more reports that he is currently writing a draft of a film for J.J. Abrams.
Over the next year or two, the cinemas are “spacing out” with a lot of science fiction movies dealing with aliens and invasions. Coming out in 2010 we have: “Area 51,” “Monsters” and ”Predators.” Then, in 2011, we have more off-world visitors in “I am Number Four,” the highly anticipated comic book adaptation “The Green Lantern” and, of course, “Transformers 3.” So do you think that the rising trend of alien movies is a statement from Hollywood about the economy, or just a needed escape from reality? Well, either way, break out the tin-foil hats and be prepared to lose your mind.
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