8 Upcoming Science Fiction Movies That Could Be The Next District 9

Last year, thought-provoking independent film District 9 swept the box office and blasted its way into the Oscars. Was this a fluke, or could it happen again? Here are eight new science-fiction underdogs that could be the next sleeper hit.

1) Source Code

This is Duncan Jones’ next project after the critically acclaimed Moon. Source Code still hasn’t released an official plot synopsis besides this: “A sci-fi story centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of a commuter who witnesses a train explosion.”

2) The Darkest Hour

Emille Hirsch just signed on to star in this $40 million alien invasion flick. Hirsch, an exceptionally talented actor in spite of the negative Speed Racer buzz, joins director Chris Gorak. Gorak directed Right At Your Door, a brilliant genre film that never quite took off.

3) The Adjustment Bureau

This film might not need any help from genre fans, since it already stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. But it does happen to be based on a Philip K. Dick short story, “Adjustment Team,” about an affair between a politician and a ballerina and the mysterious forces keeping these two lovers apart.

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Andrew Niccol to Direct New Sci-Fi Movie I’m.mortal

This week, THR’s Heat Vision Blog brings us news of yet another Niccol project that just got picked up — one that seems to cover ground quite similar to Gattaca.

This movie once again deals with genes, specifically the gene that affects aging in humans. The story imagines a near future where the aging gene can be deactivated for those who can afford it, leading to a world where rich people live forever. A young man born into the lower class suddenly comes into money (the currency of the future is time), but as a result he finds himself being hunted by a corrupt police force known as “time keepers.” The movie is called I’m.mortal, and despite Niccol’s penchant for overly clever titles, this still sounds awfully intriguing to me.


From this list, The Darkest Hour, The Adjustment Bureau, The Host and Gravity sound damn interesting. Which ones look good to you?

What do you think of I’m.mortal?