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Pandorum For Dennis Quaid & Ben Foster
Sci-fi thriller from Paul W.S. Anderson

09 May 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster are trying to save the world.

Not really, of course – while we admire and respect them both, we have a feeling that if two actors really did try to save the world, we’d all be dead by breakfast. Instead, they’ll be reserving their heroics for a new movie entitled Pandorum.

The sci-fi thriller will see Quaid and Foster play two spacemen (if their current screen personas are anything to go by, one will be gnarled and stoic; the other flaky and possibly psychotic) who awake aboard their ship, unaware of who they are or what their mission involves. But then they make a discovery that threatens the future of mankind…

Intriguing stuff. We’re guessing that Pandorum refers to the ship on which Quaid and Foster are travelling – and that it might be a reference to Pandora’s Box. Could the ship contain something hideous, unspeakably evil that must not, under any circumstances, be unleashed upon humanity?

And if so, then that means Pandorum is a sci-fi thriller with horror overtones, which puts it right up the street of Paul W.S. Anderson, whose 1997 Event Horizon will always be dear to Empire’s heart.

Anderson is only producing this one, along with his Impact Pictures partner Jeremy Bolt, and Robert Kulzer of Constantin Films, while Travis Molloy supplies the script, but he’s been down this path before – so let’s hope for a film that’s closer to Event Horizon than Alien Vs Predator.

Filming starts in Berlin in August.

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I likes a good sci-fi thriller, i does
event horizon was the high point of a crappy cv for anderson but he's not directing this. Isn't avatar also about pandoras box- the other planet is called pandora? I realise movies/themes come in waves from hollywood so there'll probly be another few similarly storied sc-fi movies around the same time but i like quaid and foster is, i think, capable of much better than he's done so far so i'm hoping this'll be a good 'un. This genre is a bit hit-and-miss though- event horizon was good, sunshine More

Posted by bonniee at 12:22 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

I still stand by my claim that anything Paul W. S. touches turns into cack. I'm not holding my breath. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 11:01 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

Sound good.
And I fuckin loved Event Horizon, scare the bejesus out of me, but I love it. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 09:36 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

sounds interesting, especially if they decide to keep the cast to a bare minimum to heighten the isolation, paranoia, boredom of space. Paul Anderson hasn't got the most amazing track record, but then again I blame the material, not one director, good or bad has quite cracked making a good film out of a videogame, and Event Horizon showed his capabilities with thriller and horror type stories, and happens to be original material. Sounds interesting, lets hope they get the tone right. More

Posted by darioattanasio at 09:31 on 09 May 2008 | Report This Post

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