Not long ago, Hollywood was obsessed with the fantasy epic. No matter what came before it, Lord of the Rings was the real cause of this obsession. Soon they were adapting what ever fantasy series they could get their hands on for the big screen, from Narnia to Golden Compass, the seams were surely to burst. So now that Hollywood has tried its hand at making another mountain of money like that of the LotR franchise, and mostly failed, what's next?
JJ Abrams may have just provided that answer for us. The Sci-Fi genre was sort of dead. I mean sure, there were outliers like the Star Wars prequels, but mostly studios didn't seem willing to fork out the dough required to make blockbuster Sci-Fi movies. Now along comes Star Trek, which so far has made 79 million in its first week. Granted it's no Dark Knight but thats certainly nothing to scoff at. So does this mean we've found the new obsession for Hollywood?
This does seem to be the summer of sci-fi what with Star Trek, Terminator, Moon, and District 9. It remains to be seen whether the latter two will make a splash with their smaller budgets and lack of a known property. Still, we've heard rumors of adaptations for Isaac Asimov's Foundation series and Arthur C. Clarke's Rendevous With Rama which could also be made into a series if they adapt the other 3 books.
It definitely seems inevitable, especially if Terminator does as well as everyone seems to expect. I know that I'm glad we may see more original material like Moon and District 9 come out of this but I'm not quite sure how I feel about some of the adaptations we're going to get. I don't really know if Rendevous With Rama will make for a good movie, and if it's successful are they going to go back and bastardize Kubricks classic 2001 by redoing it? Is this a trend you are going to enjoy, or would you prefer they leave this material alone?
I'll leave you with the trailer for District 9 as it looks amazing and we've yet to post it.