by Rick Norwood
According to the IMDB, 102 science fiction movies will be released in 2011 and 92 fantasy movies. (There is a lot of overlap.) Most of these will never make it to your local multiplex. Most will not be worth seeing. A random example: Evil Bong 3-D: The Wrath of Bong, written by August White, who also wrote the first two Evil Bong movies.
In the mid-February SF Site, I looked back on my predictions for 2010. Here are my predictions for 2011. Disclaimer: I don't like splatter horror or talking gerbil movies.
Mars Need Moms by Simon & Wendy Wells from the book by Berkeley Breathed. Simon Wells drew storyboards for Shrek 2 and Madagascar. This is Wendy Wells' first film. Berkeley Breathed created the comic strip Bloom County.
The Adjustment Bureau by George Nolfi from a story by Philip K. Dick. Reviewed in this issue. George Nolfi wrote Timeline and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Source Code by Ben Ripley. Ripley has previously written only video games and a tv movie called The Watch. A soldier is sent back in time to avert a disaster. Didn't we see that before with Denzel Washington?
Sucker Punch by Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya. Snyder wrote 300 and Tales of the Black Freighter. This is Shibuya first film credit as a writer. A mistreated girl becomes a hero in a fantasy world.
Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 by John Aglialoro and Brian Patrick O'Toole from the novel by Ayn Rand. Aglialoro's first script. O'Toole wrote Cemetery Gates and Evilution.
Apollo 18 by Brian Miller and Cory Goodman. Miller wrote the short sf film Paracusia. Goodman wrote the sf horror film Priest. "Discover the reason we never went back."
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides by Ted Elliott & Terry Russio. Elliott and Russio wrote the good Zorro movie, did an absolutely fantastic job on the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, rather overdid it on movies 2 and 3, and wrote too many famous films to list. It is a rather uneven list.
The Tree of Life by Terrance Malick, who wrote The Thin Red Line and The New World. This film, which has been delayed for years, is about loss of innocence.
Green Lantern by Greg Berlanti, Michael Goldenberg, Michael Green, and Marc Gugenheim, based on the comic book by Gil Kane and John Broome. Berlanti is a tv writer who wrote for No Ordinary Family and Brothers & Sisters. Goldenberg wrote Contact and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Green is a tv writer who worked on Heroes and Smallville. Gugenheim is a tv writer who wrote for Brothers & Sisters and FlashForward. Too many writers, a bad sign.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon by Ehren Kruger, who wrote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and also The Ring, The Ring Two, and The Brothers Grimm.
Cowboys and Aliens by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Furgus & Hawk Otsby, and Steve Oderkerk, from a comic book by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Orci & Kurtzman wrote the recent Star Trek film, along with the first two Transformers films and the bad Zorro film. Lindelof wrote Lost. Furgus & Otsby wrote Iron Man and Children of Men. Oderkerk wrote Patch Adams and Bruce Almighty. Sounds like the script doctors needed script doctors.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two by Steve Kloves, who wrote all but one of the earlier Harry Potter films.
The Smurfs by J. David Stem and David Weiss, from the comic by Peyo. Stem and Weiss wrote Shrek 2 and Daddy Day Care. Read the comic.
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World by Robert Rodriguez who wrote and directed the previous Spy Kids movies, also Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Machete.
Conan the Barbarian by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Sean Hood, from the stories by Robert E. Howard. Donnelly and Oppenheimer wrote Sahara and A Sound of Thunder. Hood wrote Halloween: Resurrection.
Rise of the Apes by Rick Jaffa, Jamie Moss, and Amanda Silver, from the novel by Pierre Boulle. Jaffa and Silver wrote The Relic, Moss worked on X-Men: First Class.
Immortals by Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides. Lots of work in films doing jobs that didn't involve any writing. This film is about Theseus vs. the Titans
Also in December, but not, strictly speaking, fantasy or science fiction:
The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Kornish from the comic by Herge. Moffat has won three Hugo Awards for Doctor Who. Edgar Wright wrote Shaun of the Dead. Joe Kornish wrote for The Adam and Joe Show.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney, from the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Mulroneys wrote Paper Man.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec from a story by Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams. Appelbaum and Nemec wrote for the tv show Life on Mars. J.J. Abrams created Lost and wrote Star Trek. Tom Cruise wrote Days of Thunder.
My top picks:
I have a bad feeling about this:
Coming in 2012, Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins.
Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.
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