Sitges Review: ‘The Osiris Child’ is Ultra Ambitious Sci-Fi Storytelling

The Osiris Child Review

Where did this film come from?! I finally caught up with a sci-fi feature called The Osiris Child, originally titled Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child in full. This film is way, way, way better than it should be, and left me totally blown away. It’s not perfect by any means, but it is extremely impressive storytelling, with some cool ideas I have never seen before in any film. I can’t speak for others who don’t like it, but I can say this is exactly the kind of sci-fi I love. It’s remarkably ambitious storytelling on a galactic scale, created on a minimal budget, utilizing some sleek filmmaking tricks that actually make this successful. The world building (or rather, universe building) in this rivals Luc Besson’s Valerian, and in all honesty, upon first viewing I actually like this more than Valerian. I really, really enjoyed it – but I do not think everyone will. ›››

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Shawn Levy Calls Stranger Things Season 2 Darker, More Ambitious

Shawn Levy Calls Stranger Things Season 2 Darker, More Ambitious

Shawn Levy calls Stranger Things season 2 darker, more ambitious

We’re still a few months away from the return of Hawkins, Indiana and the fan favorite kids and monsters that live there. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter (via /Film), series executive producer Shawn Levy opened up about what we can expect and just how scary they’re planning to get with the new episodes.

“Season two makes the Demogorgon look quaint. I was just in the edit room with the brothers yesterday, and we’re like, “this is definitely darker, I hope everyone’s down with this,” because the threats to Hawkins and to our characters are bigger, darker, often times scarier. So people who found season one too scary for them, probably you’re going to be more scared by season two. But again, the best thing I can tell you is that through it all, it’s got the best heart. But it is, cinematically and budgetary, it’s definitely more ambitious.”

Levy also exercise caution however, telling fans to brace themselves for things they may not like:

“We are going to do things that fans will be disappointed in, but I think they will be more satisfied by… I’ll give one example that I’ve been asked about a hundred times which is people still think Barb’s alive. Because you think you want that, but you wouldn’t really want that. I’ve had a lot of people, some huge celebrities come up to me at these awards shows, like, “So, between us, Barb’s coming back, right?” I’m like “No, you saw, she had like a creature, slug, worm, snake, coming out of her mouth. I don’t know that there’s a bounce back from that!” So no, we are not going to cravenly service the wish-list of fans, we’re going to service the Duffer instincts and what they feel is the right story to tell.”

The second season, which will premiere on Halloween 2017, is set a year after Will’s return, and everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins.

Stranger Things season 2 will star Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine. New cast additions include Sadie Sink (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Brett Gelman (Blunt TalkThe Other Guys), newcomer Linnea Berthelsen, and ’80s icons Sean Astin (The Goonies) and Paul Reiser (Aliens).

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‘Donnie Darko’ Director Richard Kelly Wants to Make a “Bigger and More Ambitious” Sequel

Donnie Darko sequel

I know what some of you are thinking, didn’t a Donnie Darko sequel already happen? Yes, it did. It was called S. Darko, and Donnie Darko writer-director Richard Kelly and Darko Entertainment publicly denounced it . Kelly had no control over the rights of the original film, so the sequel moved forward without his approval. The director and his producing partners didn’t even profit from the straight-to-DVD cash grab. Kelly is now interested in a real Donnie Darko sequel, or some “big and expensive” movie set in the Darkoverse, if you will.

Below, read the director’s thoughts on a Donnie Darko sequel.

To celebrate the recent 15th anniversary of Donnie Darko, a new restoration of the cult film starring Jake Gyllenhaal is coming to Blu-ray. While discussing the proper restoration with HMV, Kelly talked about the idea of a sequel to his cult sci-fi movie:

I think there’s something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe. It’s big and expensive and I think there’s time to get to that. I want to make sure we’ve got the budget to do it justice and not to compromise anything. Another story in this world needs resources and we need to have that in place.

After S. Darko was released, Bloody-Disgusting ran a rumor claiming Kelly was maybe a part of another Donnie Darko sequel. That story was never confirmed or denied. But making another Darko film, one that sounds more expensive than the original four million dollar indie, has clearly been on Kelly’s mind.

It’s been over seven years since a Richard Kelly film has hit theaters. His last movie, The Box, is an entertaining, stylish and extremely ambitious studio film that divided audiences and underperformed at the box office. In the years since that Richard Matheson adaptation came out, Kelly has worked on “a lot of different projects,” and he plans on directing one of them this year:

I’ve been working on a lot of different projects. The trouble is they’re all very ambitious and expensive so they take a lot of time to get in place. We’re being very careful to set things up properly, but I’m planning to make up for lost time and make several movies back to back. It’s nice to be able to bring people back to where we started, but I plan to be back behind a camera in 2017.

We’ve heard about a few of Kelly’s projects over the years. The director was going to collaborate with Nicolas Cage on Amicus, a wild true life story about a bizarre and compelling lawsuit. In 2012, Edgar Ramirez signed on to star in Kelly’s Corpus Christi. The Robert Rodriguez-produced drama was described as a more grounded film compared to Kelly’s other works. We have no idea if the movie he wants to make next is one of those projects or another film set in a futuristic Manhattan, but hopefully, we’ll know soon enough.

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