Upcoming Science Fiction Movies for 2011

2011 Looks like a decent year for science fiction. Here are a couple of the upcoming movies:


Adjustment Bureau

Directed by the co-writer of The Bourne Ultimatum, The Adjustment Bureau is loosely based upon the Philip K. Dick short story of the same name. Starring Matt Damon (who also stars in the movie Contagion later in the year) and Emily Blunt, the premise of the movie asks whether people control their destinies or whether they’re manipulated by unseen forces.

Damon plays David Norris, a US congressman destined for bigger things who falls for ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Blunt) but discovers that strange forces are at play when mysterious men conspire to keep them apart. Taking place around Manhattan as Norris fights his fate, this looks like an intelligent science fiction movie akin to some previous Philip K. Dick adaptations, namely Blade Runner and Minority Report.

In theaters June 4, 2011.

Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way.

How can you go wrong with that?

Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde of Tron Legacy fame. Directed by Jon Favreau.

In theaters July 29, 2011.


Rise of the Apes

An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

James Franco is set to play scientist Will Rodman working on a cure for Alzheimer’s by testing on apes. When test subject Caesar suddenly begins to evolve rapidly, he takes him home to remove him from the cruel lab doctors.

Andy Serkis will play Caesar, the ape that leads the revolt.

The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt and scheduled to be released on June 24, 2011. This will be a new film in the Planet of the Apes series— a prequel to the earlier films.

In theaters July 29, 2011.


The Thing - Prequel

Described as a prequel to the classic 1982 John Carpenter movie of the same name, The Thing follows the Norwegian crew found dead at the start of Carpenter’s movie. In the wilderness of Antarctica, the team of scientists uncover an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice and unleash the ruthless being within. Soon, the alien is spreading paranoia at the Norwegian base by killing and replacing the crew with perfect replicas.

Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr, short story written by John W. Campbell Jr, and screenplay written by Eric Heisserer after the screenplay by Ronald Moore (of Star Trek and Battlestar fame) was rejected.

In theaters October 14, 2011

Comments (2)

  • Nida Doyne 9 years ago Reply

    I was looking for this specific the other day. i dont generally post throughout forums but i wanted to say thank you!

  • Bob S. 9 years ago Reply

    Very excited to see the Adjustment Bureau. Looks like it could be interesting. Not sure about Cowboys and Aliens, but I’m hopeful. As for Rise of the Apes and The Thing…I guess time will tell.

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