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The Days Before Appeals To Warners
Sci-fi about a new kind of alien attack

19 November 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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Warner Bros. has snapped up the rights to The Days Before, a sci-fi action spec script by Chad St. John that, in our humble opinion, has an absolute belter of a premise.

It revolves around an alien invasion of mankind – been there, done that, you might think. But these aliens aren’t the sort to park big spaceships on top of easily destroyed and gloriously cinematic monuments. Instead, they’re much more clever and insidious, and decide to wipe out mankind by travelling backwards through time, destroying us one day at a time.

However, one man manages to get ahead of them and stay ahead of them, and each day he has to convince mankind that the end is nigh, unless they effing well do something about it.

See? Ingenious. Groundhog Day meets Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, with a snatch of Timecop. We’d pay to see this tomorrow – or, as it happens, yesterday. And the day before that.

Warners has charged Gianni Nunnari, producer of 300, with the sacred task of not ballsing this up. Fingers crossed, for we haven’t been as taken with a sci-fi concept for a long, long time. Not since tomorrow, in fact.

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Barmy...
...but also, could very cool. It's about time someone came up with a new idea for alien invasion and even if this is kinda scraping the barrel, at least someone's trying so it must be worth a shot. More

Posted by evildave69 at 20:35 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

That was the problem with War of the Worlds. I couldn't understand why the aliens had been under the surface for millions of years, waited for us to evolve and THEN attacked. The premise sounds a bit daft, but I await convincing, I do like a good alien attack film when done properly. More

Posted by Chris Hart at 13:14 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Actually...
Those god-bothering yank types probably don't believe in the floppy fish evolution thing (and, also, it would be a very short film). But a film with aliens vs. Adam & Eve in the garden of eden. How cool would that be? Like Tarzan vs. Aliens. Except with talking snakes and whatever other magical shite went on back then. More

Posted by The_Hat at 12:05 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
I agree. If you want to wipe out humanity, why not just travel back a few million years, find the first of our fishy ancestors that flopped onto the land, then tread on it. It's like Spielberg's 'War of the Worlds' - the tagline was "they're already here" or something. So why wait? Also, not sure the concept sounds all that amazing anyway. Why do you need to travel back in time day by day and wipe us all out all over again? What's the point of that? Or maybe i just don't get it.  More

Posted by The_Hat at 11:55 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

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As much as I like alien invasion movies I can't get excited about this one yet. Like's been said, why don't the aliens just go back in time and wipe out man when he's sittin' on the crapper or somethin'? More

Posted by CORLEONE at 09:21 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

It doesn't really sound like a concept I could buy into. Surely if they've got this time traveling ability the aliens could just go right back to the origins of man and put a stop to it there. Or is there some convenient plot contrivance that makes this impossible? More

Posted by muchobenny at 08:14 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

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