Michael Dambold: Nerd news flowing on sci-fi flicks
BY MICHAEL DAMBOLD
Saturday, December 01, 2012
12/01/12 at 5:37 AM
Just in time for the holiday season, the geekosphere is exploding with new information on upcoming sci-fi movies. Seriously, if you've made it this far without seeing the title, turn back now.
'Star Trek' synopsis released
The new "Star Trek" movie synopsis was revealed this week by Paramount. The movie is coming to theaters next May.
"When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
"With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction."
This is very interesting, because it's reported that Benedict Cumberbatch will be the villain. Oklahomans will know Cumberbatch not only as Sherlock on PBS but also for his role in "August: Osage County," which just wrapped filming in Bartlesville.
The geekosphere has been buzzing about the identity of the mystery villain, and no one has said a word.
Personal note: It seems very unlikely that the villain is Khan, because the synopsis doesn't really make sense in context with the Eugenic Wars storyline Khan is symbiotically tied to. I have no official word on the villain, but my geek-senses are flurried with excitement. (My unofficial, nerdtastic bets are on Gary Mitchell.)
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will return for Bryan Singer's "Days of Future Past" X-Men movie.
Singer revealed on his Twitter account that Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult are returning to their roles for his newest X-Movie "Days of Future Past."
This has the potential of being the best X-Men movie of all time, because the story is one of the best X-Plots of all time. First written by Chris Claremont, the story deals with Kitty Pride returning to her younger body to try to avert a massively apocalyptic future for human and mutantkind. It's also a genius way of using time travel.
It was also expressed by the producers that the next two movies would take place one decade apart. This means the X-Men will be surrounded by disco and bell bottoms.
Famke Janssen has hinted about her return as Jean Grey, and of course Hugh Jackman will return because he's had more cameos in the X-Universe than Stan Lee. Literally.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set to arrive in theaters July 18, 2014.
Original Print Headline: News flowing on sci-fi flicks
Benedict Cumberbatch (left, during filming for "August: Osage County" in September) will play the villain in "Star Trek: Into Darkness." MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World