New SciFi movies to watch for in 2008 and on…

Coming soon in theatres near you will be:

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2/14)

“Peculiar things start to happen with the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mother) when they leave New York and move in a secluded old house owned by their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seemed to be happening on a daily basis, the family starts to blame Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate whats really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and the creatures that inhabit it.”;

Jumper (2/14)

“Throughout time, there have been individuals who posses the power to teleport (or Jump). They have used their abilities for personal gain, to escape from their enemies and to change the course of history. The ability to Jump is a genetic anomaly that has existed for centuries and those who possess this gift have a freedom that most people can’t begin to comprehend. They can transport themselves anywhere in the world at any time, for any reason.” Starring Hayden Christopher (Star Wars).” Based on the novel by Stephen Gould. “A genetic abnormality allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between ‘Jumpers’ and those who have sworn to kill them.”;

The Signal (2/22)

“A science fiction horror film told in three parts from three perspectives in which a mysterious transmission invades every cell phone, radio and TV, turning people into killers. The film was shot in three parts (called “transmissions”) that were made by different directors without input from the other two during the shoot. As a result, all parts feel different: one a visceral thriller, one a black comedy, one a mystery-love story.”;

10,000 B.C. (3/7)

“As a member of a primitive tribe during the dawn of man, 21-year-old mammoth hunter D’Leh (Steven Strait) travels through unknown lands on a quest to rescue his people from extinction. D’Leh, leading an army, uncovers a lost civilization while in pursuit of a warlord who kidnapped his love, Evolet (Camilla Belle). D’Leh and his army encounter saber-toothed cats, mammoths and other prehistoric creatures in the journey to save his tribe.”;

Doomsday (3/14)

“Great Britain, 2007. A deadly plague, known as the “Reaper Virus,” has broken out, killing hundreds of thousands in its wake. In desperation, the British Government evacuates as many survivors as it can out of the infected area, and then builds a wall, preventing the remainder from escaping. Thirty years later, with the wall still up and the victims all but forgotten, the virus breaks out again.”

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (5/1)

“Set seventeen years before X-Men, the film will focus on Wolverine’s violent past, and his early encounters with William Stryker. The Weapon X program and his interactions with other mutants will be explored, including his complex relationship with Sabretooth/Victor Creed. The Blob and John Wraith may also feature, as well as Vietnam War flashbacks. Silver Fox will appear as Wolverine’s love interest.”

Iron Man (5/2)

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., and Gwyneth Paltrow. “Weapons designer Tony Stark is in Afghanistan to introduce his new missile design to the Air Force until the unit he is traveling with is attacked and Stark is taken hostage. Injured by shrapnel embedded near his heart, his captors order him to assemble a missile for them, giving him access to a workshop. He puts his creativity to use by assembling a bulletproof set of power armor, complete with pacemaker and flamethrowers, and uses it to free himself. Back at home, he becomes Iron Man, developing a flying suit with the red and gold scheme and advanced weapon capabilities. Stark faces the Iron Monger.”;

Speed Racer (5/9)

“Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a young man who has natural racing instincts whose goal is to win The Crucible, a cross-country rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer (Scott Porter). Speed is loyal to the family business, run by his parents Pops (John Goodman) and Mom (Susan Sarandon), with Pops responsible for designing Speed’s vehicle, Mach 5. The owner of Royalton Industries (Roger Allam) makes Speed a lucrative offer, and Speed rejects it, angering the owner. Speed also uncovers a secret that top corporate interests, including Royalton, are fixing some of the biggest races to gain profit. With the offer to Speed denied, Royalton seeks to ensure that Speed will not win any major races. Speed finds support from his parents and his girlfriend Trixie (Christina Ricci) and enters The Crucible in a partnership with his one-time rival, Racer X (Matthew Fox), seeking to rescue his family’s business and the sport itself.”;

The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian (5/16)

Prince Caspian

“One year has passed in our world since the first adventure ended, but in Narnia, almost 1,300 years have passed, and now it is time for the Pevensie children to return and make history. The villainous King Miraz prevents the rightful king, his young nephew Prince Caspian, from ruling the land of Narnia. Caspian uses Susan’s magic horn that was left in Narnia to summon the four Pevensies to help him and a small army of Old Narnians reclaim his rightful throne..”;;

Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (5/22)

“The film is set in 1957, making it nineteen years since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, thus acknowledging the real-life passing of years between films. Indiana Jones is having a quiet life teaching before being thrust back into his old adventuring. He races against agents of the Soviet Union for the crystal skull. “The theory is they are shaped by higher powers or alien powers or came from another world, or an ancient Mayan civilization had the powers,” Marshall explained. Indy’s journey takes him across New Mexico, Connecticut, Mexico City, and the jungles of Peru.”;

Starship Dave (5/30)

Starring Eddie Murphy and Elizabeth Banks. “A crew of miniature aliens operate a spaceship that has a human form. While trying to save their planet, the aliens encounter a new problem, as their ship becomes smitten with an Earth woman (Banks).” IMDB.;

The Happenings (6/13)

Mark Wahlberg will play a man who takes his family on the run when the world turns upside and a cataclysmic natural crisis threatens to end the world.

Incredible Hulk (6/13)

“Bruce Banner is on the run from the United States Army and General “Thunderbolt” Ross, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into the Hulk. Meanwhile, a soldier named Emil Blonsky repeats the accident that gave Banner his powers, but when he realizes that he is unable to change back to human form, he blames Banner and seeks his revenge.

Louis Leterrier said that he planned to show Bruce Banner’s struggle with the monster within him. Producer Avi Arad has also said that the Hulk would be more strongly portrayed as a hero than in the previous film, while producer Kevin Feige added the film would explore “that element of wish fulfillment, of overcoming an injustice or a bully and tapping into a strength that you didn’t quite realize you had in yourself.” Arad also said the film would be “a lot more of a love story between Bruce Banner and Betty Ross.”;

Wall-E (6/27)


“Disney and Pixar have joined forces once again, and thus came to existence Wall-E, the story of the last little robot on Earth. He is a robot and his programming was to help clean up. You see, it’s set way in the future. Through consumerism, rampant, unchecked consumerism, the Earth was covered with trash. And to clean up, everyone had to leave Earth and set in place millions of these little robots that went around to clean up the trash and make Earth habitable again.

Well, the cleanup program failed with the exception of this one little robot and he’s left on Earth doing his duty all alone. But it’s not a story about science fiction. It’s a love story, because, you see, WALL·E falls in love with EVE, a robot from a probe that comes down to check on Earth, and she’s left there to check on and see how things are going and he absolutely falls in love with her.”;

Wanted (6/27)

Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is offered the opportunity to seek revenge in the murder of his father, who was an assassin. Gibson is invited by his father’s partner, Sloan (Morgan Freeman), to follow in his father’s footsteps. Sloan’s second-in-command (Angelina Jolie) mentors Gibson, who follows the death orders issued by the Fates, weavers who read individuals’ destinies in fabrics produced by mystical looms.”;

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (7/11)

“Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 film directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is a sequel to 2004’s Hellboy, also directed by Del Toro. Hellboy II: The Golden Army is written by Guillermo del Toro and Mike Mignola. ”;;

Dark Knight (7/18)

A “superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. The film is a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, which rebooted the Batman franchise after an eight-year hiatus. Christopher Nolan returns as the director, and Christian Bale reprises the lead role. Batman’s primary conflicts in the film come from his fight against the Joker (Heath Ledger) and his strained friendship with district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart).”;

X-Files 2 (untitled – 7/25)

Due to the highly secretive nature of the project, very little is known about the movie’s plot. It is known that, unlike the first film, the plot will not focus on the series’ ongoing “mythology” and will instead be a standalone thriller/horror story, similar to many of the “monster-of-the-week” episodes that were frequently seen in the TV series.”;;

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (8/1)

Starring Brendan Fraser, Jet Lit, Michelle Yeoh and Luke Ford. “In the Far East, trouble-seeking father-and-son duo Rick (Fraser) and Alex O’Connell (Ford) unearth the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin (Li) — a shape-shifting entity who was cursed by a wizard (Yeoh) centuries ago.” IMDB;

Babylon A.D. (8/29)

Babylon AD

“A young woman (Mélanie Thierry) has been genetically tampered with, possessing a virus that could kill the human race. A mercenary (Vin Diesel) is hired to escort the woman from a post-apocalyptic Eastern Europe to New York City. They are accompanied by a nun (Michelle Yeoh). The film is based on the novel Babylon Babies by Maurice Georges Dantecand it is being directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and stars Vin Diesel.”;;

Death Race (9/26)

“In a future America, prison inmates are forced to compete against each other in a driving arena. The prison warden (Joan Allen) coerces a prisoner with only weeks before his release (Jason Statham) into becoming a driver. The prisoner becomes a crowd favorite known as Frankenstein.”

City of Ember (10/10)

“The story follows two teenagers as the power source begins to fail and the lamps start to flicker, who search for clues that will unlock ancient mysteries about the city.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (11/21)

“Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simpering (sic) with jealousy but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.” Warner Bros, at:

The Day the Earth Stood Still (12/12)

Starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connolley. “In the original movie, a flying saucer orbits Earth, and lands in Washington, DC, on the Mall. Klaatu (Michael Rennie) steps out and is shot by a jumpy soldier. Gort (Lock Martin), an indestructible robot steps out of the spacecraft and proceeds to melt all the weapons, including tanks, without harming a single human being. Later, the Earth comes to realize that Gort has used very little of his power to make this happen.”;

Star Trek (12/25)

Star Trek XI

“This will be the eleventh entry in the Star Trek film series, based on the franchise created by Gene Roddenberry. In April 2006, after several years of rumor and speculation, Paramount Pictures announced that the film would be produced by Lost co-creators J. J. Abrams (who is directing) and Damon Lindelof. ”;;

The Mutant Chronicles (2008)

Starring Ron Perlman and John Malkovich. “The story is set 400 years into the future (23rd or 24th century) in the world of the Mutant Chronicles role-playing game, where nearly everything is powered by steam, mankind has exhausted Earth’s natural resources. Four corporations have taken over the world in which they are constantly at war with one another, the Bauhaus, the Mishima, the Capitol and the Imperial.”;

Deathlok (2008)

“A man unwittingly finds himself the subject of an experiment which slowly turns him into a cyborg, with computer and robotic parts replacing nearly his entire body… ” IMDB

Ender’s Game (2008)

“Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggin is a third – a child born outside of the two child limit with the hope that he will be the one with the talent and the temperment to beat back the Formic, twice near-invaders of a future Earth. When the time is right, Ender is brought to the Battle School, an orbiting military academy designed to mold tomorrow’s youth into the future’s top commanders. But at the Battle School, ones education consists of more than just classes – Ender fights intensely private battles as well as public ones – Zero G team-based combat missions, the center of life at the school. Are Ender’s experiences here a normal by-product of military training in, or are the teachers attempting to plot a greater, harsher fate for Ender?” S.R. Hadden, IMDB. Based on the book by Orson Scott Card.

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008)

“The war against the Bugs continues! A Federation starship crash-lands on the distant alien planet OM-1, stranding beloved leader Sky Marshal Anoke and several others, including comely but tough pilot Lola Beck. It’s up to Colonel Johnny Rico, reluctant hero of the original Bug Invasion on Planet P, to lead a team of Troopers on a daring rescue mission.” IMDB.;

The Road (2008)

Starring Viggo Mortenson, Charlize Theron, and Guy Pierce. “A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food–and each other.” IMDB.

Transformers 2 (6/26/09)

“The battle for Earth has ended but the battle for the universe has just begun. After returning to Cybertron, Starscream assumes command of the Decepticons, and has decided to return to Earth with force. The Autobots believing that peace was possible finds out that Megatron’s dead body has been stolen from the US Military by Skorpinox and revives him using his own spark. Now Megatron is back seeking revenge and with Starscream and more Decepticon reinforcements on the way, the Autobots with reinforcements of their own, may have more to deal with then meets the eye.”

Watchmen (3/9/09)

“In an alternate 1985 where superheroes exist, tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union are at an all time high. The vigilante Rorschach is investigating the murder of the Comedian, and uncovers a plot to discredit and murder various heroes. Rorschach discovers a far wider ranging conspiracy involving his colleagues’ past which could completely change the course of history.”;

Monsters vs. Aliens (3/27/09)

Plot unknown: Described as a reinvention of the classic ‘50s monster movie as an irreverent modern day action comedy. IMDB.

Avatar (12/12/09)

Avatar is also an emotional journey of redemption and revolution. It is the story of a wounded ex-marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival” and “We’re creating an entire world, a complete ecosystem of phantasmagorical plants and creatures, and a native people with a rich culture and language.” Directed by James Cameron.

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (2009)

“The plot and storyline of the film takes place after the events of T3 around 2014 and focuses mainly on the war between humanity and Skynet in the post-apocalyptic world. John Connor will continue to be the central character along with a new character named Marcus, who will have “equal presence.” However, other sources say that the film will instead focus on Marcus James Middleton, the associate producer of the film, stated that “It’s really about the birth of a new hero.”


Based on the William Gibson cyberpunk novel, and starring Hayden Christiansen. “Case (Christensen) was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway, jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way — and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance — and a cure — for a price … ” IMDB.

Escape from New York (2009)

“The eye-patch-wearing anti-hero originated by Kurt Russell is resurrected in this reimagining of the 1981 John Carpenter classic, adapted by Black Hawk Down’s screenwriter Ken Nolan and writer/director Jonathan Mostow” Starring Gerard Butler.

Jurassic Park IV (2009)

No details given – delayed in production due to writer’s strike. Secrecy abounds.

District 9 (2009?)

No details available – high secrecy. Peter Jackson to produce.

They Came from Upstairs (no date)

“The script revolves around a group of teenagers who team up to save their Maine vacation home from aliens who have invaded via the upstairs.”

The Hobbit (2010)

“Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarfs to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.”

Logan’s Run (2010)

“A young man at odds with his society’s mandatory death sentence for all those turning 21 plots a daring escape on the eve of his fateful birthday.”


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