Christian Alvart, director of films such as Pandorum and Case 39, has acquired the rights to a pulp sci-fi novel by Edmond Hamilton called Captain Future: The Man of Tomorrow, and he plans on turning it into a big screen adventure!
I don't know how many of you saw last years sci-fi film Pandorum, but I really enjoyed it. The story was a bit weak, but visually it was great, and I totally dug Alvart's directing style. I love these old school pulp sci-fi novel and comics, they just have a certain spirit, fun style and quality to them that you rarely see anymore in the main stream. Captain Future looks like it would make for a great film!
In an interview with Quiet Earth, Alvert revealed that he was a huge Captain Future fan growing up, and that he spent years trying to get the rights to the property. Not only do they have the rights, but the financing as well, and they are moving forward with writing the script. Here are a few other things he had to say about the adaptation,
We are developing CAPTAIN FUTURE as a big fun space opera for the whole family - hoping to recreate that same sense of excitement that I had discovering space through the CAPTAIN's eyes. There are many smart and adult ideas in the franchise for grown-ups to enjoy, but this will definitely be something they can take their kids to as well.
Like THE FIFTH ELEMENT this will be a big budget Science Fiction movie developed and produced out of Europe with an international cast. CAPTAIN FUTURE still has a huge fan base in countries like France (CAPTAIN FLAM), Italy (CAPITAN FUTURO) Germany and the UK. I know the fans will watch very closely where we take their beloved CAPTAIN and I hope they will be as excited about him conquering the big screen as we are now working in his Universe.
CAPTAIN FUTURE will be about Curtis Newton's first adventure and therefore - in part - his origin story. We are also in development on a possible sequel called CAPTAIN FUTURE - WIZARD OF SCIENCE which would be ready instantly if box office returns are promising.
And yes, since I get your question all the time: "Will we see the COMET in 3D?" You bet we we will!"
From what it sounds like, we are going to have a great big pulp sci-fi 3D adventure film to look forward to. I really like where he wants to take the film. There's no doubt it will look fantastic, we can only hope that the story and dialogue is strong and solid. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this get developed.
What do you all think about Alvart taking on Captain Future?