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Don't Forget SUNSHINE (A Space Saga From Boyle & Garland, Who Brought You 28 DAYS LATER)!!

Merrick here...

Okay, so this isn't exactly "news" least not in the traditional sense...

Last week, a Black Hole-themed Stephen Spielberg project was announced, and Geeks to the farthest reaches of the Earth swooned dreamily.

That news started me thinking: what about that Danny Boyle (TRAINSPOTTING, SHALLOW GRAVE, 28 DAYS LATER) movie that went into production a while back...the one almost no one has been reporting on? Its website has been quietly active for some time, dutifully archiving the trials and tribulations of producing an intense space drama called SUNSHINE.

Alas, SUNSHINE has been soooooooo stealthy in its formation that many have forgotten about it completely.

Ironically, we received an e-mail this morning indicating the site has now been updated with a clips from the movie -- an exclusive first look. The film is about a space mission (to save the sun) that goes terribly, terribly wrong, and stars Rose Byrne, Cillian Murphy, and Michelle Yeoh.

At one point, I believe the plans were to spin SUNSHINE as a deep-space riff on WAGES OF FEAR (or, SORCERER if you prefer). I.e. the crew has to get to the Sun with cargo that's increasingly dangerous as it gets closer to the sun...or something like that. This being said, I can't find any indication of this intent -- so the project may have evolved since its inception.

Anyway, while I'm not 100% certain of the film's dramatics (some of the dialogue featured in this clip seems a tad stilted and expository), the film looks pretty hard core on the scientific front & might be kind of fun.

CLICK HERE to check it out - the footage launches as soon as the page loads! I'm digging those FORBIDDEN PLANET-esque tonalities that show-up towards the end of the preview.

At the very least, the site is a mighty impressive repository of production information.

At the moment, SUNSHINE is slated for a March 16, 2007 release.

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  • June 21, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by movieman742

    When are we ever going to get the sequel to 28 Days Later that I've heard about since the first was released?

  • June 21, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    This could go either way

    by judderman

    But the precedent of 28 Days Later suggests that it could be good. I'm more interested in Neil Marshall's next film, about the end of the world.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Second and I can't wait

    by Doctor_Sin

    Loved 28 Days... and this sounds like it's worth the wait.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    3rd by mere seconds! Alas!

    by Doctor_Sin

  • June 21, 2006, 4:18 p.m. CST

    One of the best scripts I've ever read...

    by -guyinthebackrow

    In the future the sun is dying. Thus mankind has to re-energize the sun with what is basically a really, really big atomic bomb. The first mission to the sun, however, has problems. It disappears, and quickly a new mission and ship are sent off to complete the task at hand. This is the near-far-off future, so faster-than-light-speed is still impossible. Thus, the trip takes a long fucking time. The second spacecraft, the second crew start to have some problems i.e. some serious cabin fever. The trip is that long. Finally, as they get closer to the sun they get a distress call... it's the first ship. The second ship finds the first ship. The crew from the second ship enter the first ship... and then some fucked up shit happens. It's a great premise and a great read. The story kind of becomes a slasher movie in the end, but that doesn't make it any less creepy. That is all.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Similiar Setup..

    by movieman742

    to The Core. Earth stops and needs a nuclear jumpstart, Sun needs a nuclear jumpstart. I just hope it's more serious and, well, just better. I think I'll see it if the effects are as good as the premise suggests.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Borat trailer

    by quadrupletree

    Here's another movie no one is reporting on:

  • June 21, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Sounds interesting...

    by Rakafraker

    It's another space-horror from the looks of it. I would like to see more epic space adventures (still love SW. ALL of 'em). I don't think anyone will top the space-horror genre more than the first 2 Alien movies, though.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by feo_dogg

    as in this is my first post. Not another annyoing person who gets a boner about being first poster.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST

    OK. The astronomer in me just went nuts

    by judderman

    For our Sun to start dying, it would have to get a LOT BIGGER. By the time it starts going through its death throes, our world would be a blasted cinder wafting through its outer corona.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    BTW-Thanks quadrupletree

    by Rakafraker

    Ali G/Borat are friggin' HILARIOUS. Mucho appreciato.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Are they still using the all John Denver soundtrack?

    by Nice Marmot

    Wouldn't be right if they didn't.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by quadrupletree

    This Sunshine movie looks awesome! I absolutely loved 28 Days Later...

  • June 21, 2006, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I hope it's not another SPHERE/EVENT HORIZON...

    by Batutta

    Sounds like it from the above script synopsis. The trailer looks cool though, although if you wanted your mission to succeed calling your ship the ICARUS (twice apparently) is not the best idea, as we know what happened to him.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Danny Boyle needs to direct Alien 5

    by danowen

    In another dimension Boyle directed Alien 4 instead of A Life Less Ordinary. Seeing footage of Sunshine just persuades me even more that Fox need to get Boyle onboard for Alien 5 and shutdown production of AVP2.

  • June 21, 2006, 4:52 p.m. CST

    cant see trailer

    by First

    Im running the lag version of firefox, and when I try to visit the website, firefox simply unloads. That is it exits. Does anyone know why?

  • June 21, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Kind of fun?

    by Poacher

    Alex Garland and Danny Boyle. That's all you need to know that this will be more than "kind of fun." And no, "The Beach" (film) doesn't count! Damn you.

  • June 21, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    "...and then some fucked up shit happens"

    by brycemonkey

    lol dude, that was a good synopsis.

  • June 21, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    And 28 Days later was great...

    by brycemonkey

    until the last 5 minutes (gotta love blood vomiting rage zombies!) and Event Horizon was good other than all the stupid shit.

  • June 21, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    MILLIONS may be the best thing Boyle has done

    by slone13

    Just sayin'

  • June 21, 2006, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Looks very boring

    by Filmrage

    This movie looks very dull. Just a lot of people shouting at each other. Cube meets Even Horizon. They can't get out and explore the sun or meet aliens so it's just a stage play on a space ship set. For this kind of movie to work it would need very very very execptional writing, directing and acting. I don't know about the writing but i doubt Danny Boyle is up to the job of directing and i have the same doubts about the actors. I like sci fi movies but i get the feeling that this movie will be un engaging and leave the audience exhausted after an hour or so from all the charcters screeching at each other.

  • June 21, 2006, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Judderman, look at it this way

    by StrangeCo

    Your hypothesis about the sun dying and the necessity of its doubling in size for that to occur is just that - a hypothesis, a theory, a guess about the inner workings of a star. If I'm not mistaken, astronomers are discovering new things about the universe and redefining theories on an almost daily basis. Today's theory is tomorrow's sophistry and maybe we don't know as much about life, the universe, and everything right now as we do... right now... or right now... or now... now...

  • June 21, 2006, 5:33 p.m. CST

    KENADAAAA!!!!! that can't be a coincidence

    by modlight

  • June 21, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST

    After looking at the photos for the Oxygen Maker Garden

    by modlight

    I'm really really excited for this. I love Boyle's films. I can't help but think this seems a lot like that movie Solar Crisis though.

  • June 21, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    yeah, solar crisis.

    by mocky_puppet

    this smells like solar crisis, and that is not a good smell. but i will give this director and cast the strong benefit of the doubt. as rockhound would say, "do a good job... do a good job...."

  • June 21, 2006, 6:05 p.m. CST


    by ajudas torch

    with an Irish astronaut on board, i'm suprised he didn't suggest travelling at night to lessen the chances of fucked up shit happening.

  • June 21, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Slone..... Millions

    by joeydoo

    I watched Millions a few weeks ago and really loved it. It had such style and really showed how beautiful England can look. I am not sure it's his best film though. I would lean towards Trainspotting. For it's...... I don't know. :)

  • June 21, 2006, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Looks inspired in part by ALIEN...

    by odysseus

    ...and I mean that as a compliment. Danny Boyle's a cool director. BTW, does anyone else think he looks a lot like Morrissey?

  • June 21, 2006, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by RogueWarrior65

    Hey, Edith! Bring me another beer.

  • June 21, 2006, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by Jimmy Jazz

    If this is just another "people go crazy on a confined setting" movie, why does it require such a ridiculous premise? Does this dying sun stuff actually play a part in the movie or is it just an unbelievably convoluted McGuffin? That's what it looks like to me.

  • June 21, 2006, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Samurai in Space

    by Z0D

    Is what this movie should be called. Hiroyuki Sanada, from Twilight Samurai and The Last Samurai, stars in a film about how humans must save the sun from the evil that is nature. He must use his Katana as a key to unlock the mysterious payload that will make the sun healthier. -->Sanada is awesome<-- ___KNEEL___

  • June 21, 2006, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Throw some snakes in and call it &#39;Snakes on a spaceship

    by Filmrage

    If there is still time that is.

  • June 21, 2006, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Looks like the same old shit.

    by chickychow

    Which is what I love!

  • June 21, 2006, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Rose Byrne is purty

    by Ribbons

    So is Cillian Murphy, for that matter. But ever since &#39;Red Eye,&#39; I don&#39;t trust him...

  • June 21, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST


    by RaveX

    I&#39;m getting sort of a "the core meets 2001" vibe from this. so, let see. we have a bunch of people on a mission to save our solar system. I&#39;ll go ahead and presume they all are highly trained and all that stuff. and yet, there is a scene in this trailer/teaser/whatever where one of them explains to the rest of the crew what will happen if sun dies. yeah, sure, makes sence. also, there&#39;s a lot of screaming in it, so I&#39;ll take it that some shit goes wrong on their lil&#39; trip to the sun (although, what could possibly go wrong when you&#39;re traveling into heavenly body with a surface temperature of 5500 frakkin

  • June 21, 2006, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Not only the same old shit but PINBACKER did it.

    by holmes_the_long

    (spoiler alert)

  • June 21, 2006, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Seems interesting

    by ewokstew

    Solaris 2: The Ghost Of ClooneyBut I&#39;m having bad flashbacks of the Solaris remake.

  • June 21, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST

    But Solar Crisis sucked! Why did they make a sequel?!!

    by Bones

    Remember that 1990 piece of garbage? Charleton Heston? Tim Matheson? Corin Nemic? Peter Boyle? No one? Lucky bastards...I try like hell to forget it...but I can&#39;t!!!

  • June 21, 2006, 11:45 p.m. CST

    It has potential...

    by covenant I&#39;m cautiously optimistic.

  • June 22, 2006, 1:36 a.m. CST

    The second half of the script was a disappointment

    by Doc_McCoy

    Cool concept, starts out nicely, devolves into slasher cheese.

  • June 22, 2006, 2:01 a.m. CST

    by Gorgomel

    looks like Solar Crisis 2.

  • June 22, 2006, 4:30 a.m. CST

    RE: Sphere

    by judderman

    Why not blame Michael Chrichton for writing that godawful book in the first place?

  • June 22, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Another "winner" from Boyle

    by Brendon

    Depending on what you call a winner. Looks like heavy handed, trite, pretentious cobblers to me. As ever.

  • June 22, 2006, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Come on Brendon...

    by brycemonkey

    its got a good cast, and Boyle has made (mostly) good flicks. I for one am interested in anything he does. No love for Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later and Millions? If nothing in that list tweaks your fancy it probably isn&#39;t Boyle&#39;s fault...

  • June 22, 2006, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by FluffyUnbound

    The problem with Sphere as a movie is that there are certain things one can accept in a sci-fi book that get a different reaction in film. Sphere was doing the old reliable "Man can&#39;t handle too much power" Forbidden Planet thing, and there&#39;s always room for one more BOOK about that subject, if it&#39;s well-written and a quick read. [And Sphere was a very, very quick read - like a waiting for the barber read.] But if you do that as a movie everyone groans because every plot point is telegraphed decades in advance. It&#39;s like the way there is room in sci-fi literature for about a million "hidden reality" novels [where the people on the generation starship no longer know it&#39;s a starship] but when M. Night makes The Village everyone groans because in the first five minutes you know that the twist is that it&#39;s really the present day.

  • June 22, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Cillian Murphy is the sexiest tomboy beanpole

    by brycemonkey

    on (or off) the planet! ***DO NOT DEBATE ME ON THIS***

  • June 22, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by supermonkey

    Well played. Do Not Debate Me On This is destined to become a classic. I&#39;m surprised noone jumped on it faster considering your friend and mine, Mocky Puppet has posted on this TB. ***DO NOT DEBATE ME ON THIS.....for I have Greg The Bunny on DVD!!!!*******

  • June 22, 2006, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by FluffyUnbound

    The tomboy beanpole bit dates to when a skyscraper banner ad featuring Keira Knightley in Bend It Like Beckham, with a reviewer&#39;s quote saying that she was "the sexiest tomboy beanpole on the planet". The ad ran forever and the phrase eventually started leaping from the ad and inserting itself into talkbacks.

  • June 22, 2006, 12:47 p.m. CST

    The worst thing about Sphere...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...was Dustin Hoffman: "Jerry, why are you doing this, Jerry? Jerry?... Jerry?.... Jerry, I need to understand--no, Jerry, stop, Jerry. Jerry. Jerry. Jerry. Please, Jerry.... I need to understand why... why... why, Jerry, why do you need to do this, Jerry. Jerry?"

  • June 22, 2006, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Am i the only one in the world wide Internet community

    by CurryIce

    who just don&#39;t like most of Danny Boyle&#39;s movies? I really disliked and didn&#39;t care about "28 Days Later","Trainspotting" and "Millions". But i quite enjoyed "A Life Less Ordinary". Nevertheless this "Sunshine" flick looks promising.

  • June 22, 2006, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Michelle Yeoh is a beautiful woman!

    by mbeemer

    I do not EXPECT anyone to DEBATE ME ON THIS, so I won&#39;t tell you NOT TO.

  • June 22, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    A Life Less Ordinary

    by jasper Stillwell

    ...Boyle still owes me two hours for that smug, self-regrading piece of shit. &#39;Fucked-up shit aside&#39;, this could be good, it seems like with this and The Fountain we might be getting some old fashioned concept-based scf-fi back on again. Wouldn&#39;t that be cool? Paging Arthur C. Clarke...

  • June 22, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Agree with above. I only noticed this because of Sanada

    by elab49

    Twilight Samurai is a straight 10/10 with a stunning performance from its star. Very much looking forward to this on. BTW - has the poster above seen Shallow Grave? Still one of Boyle&#39;s best for me. I don&#39;t blame him for blanking The Beach though.

  • June 22, 2006, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Michelle Yeoh is okay looking...

    by Batutta

    It&#39;s the fact she can kick my ass six ways to sunday that makes her HOT!

  • June 23, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Surprised Nobody Has Mentioned SOLARIS

    by DumbPunter

    Sphere, Alien, the Core, Event Horizon. Although it has similar aspects to all these, I&#39;m amazed nobody else mentioned that it could more or less be a trailer for SOLARIS. Put a couple frames George Clooney delivering brooding looks and you could slap that puppy on the DVD extras. With such fervent talkbackers comparing it to every space-romp beneath the sun (heh heh), I&#39;m amazed that nobody else immediately threw out Clooney&#39;s cinematically gorgeous sleeping pill. Thats not to say I&#39;m not thoroughly excited for Boyle&#39;s new venture into Sci-fi, but seriously, Solaris people, Solaris.

  • June 23, 2006, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Boyle hits more often than misses

    by kwisatzhaderach

    And I agree he should have done Resurrection. Would have been much better than the pile of shit we ended up with.

  • June 23, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Michelle Yeoh is my dreamgirl

    by Drunken Rage

    And I&#39;m in the minority here, but I thought "Event Horizon" was pretty damn good albeit poorly edited. (I remember an AICN interview with someone who was putting together the DVD or something, and he was asked about extra/missing footage that might be on the DVD; he said there wasn&#39;t any.) I&#39;m not sold on Boyle, either, as I hated "28 Days Later."

  • June 24, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Remember Solar Crisis?

    by bralli

    This reminds me of that bomb from 1990.

  • June 25, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    This looks really good

    by Jonesy

    28 Days was brilliant, and I think Danny Boyle knows how not to waste the money he&#39;s acquired for this on a project thats gonna be retreading existing genres, so I don&#39;t think it will pan out like Event Horizon. I wonder what the underlying high concept is?

  • June 25, 2006, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Hack Job

    by bswise

    Sorry, but I am sick to death of this same old same old "everybody gets space madness and starts to cut each other up" plotline. (Or is it the "crewmember(s) gets possessed by evil alien spirit and starts cutting everybody up" plotline?) Only every single SciFi TV franchise from Star Trek to Farscape has fallen back on this, at least once, and it&#39;s only hit the screen about 10,000 times. (Mario Bava&#39;s "Planet of the Vampires" anyone?) Oh well, I guess I&#39;ll see it any way, for Michelle Yeoh, and, yes, she it hot.

  • June 25, 2006, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Mr. Science

    by bswise

    Oh, and another thing, the whole idea about the blowing up a bomb inside the sun is about as damn silly as The Beach after Leo jumped the shark. The hottest place in the center of the Sun is theorized to be at least 10 million degrees (Kelvin), about 30,000 times hotter than boiling water. Moreover, while the surface of the Sun is known to be quite a bit cooler (about 5800 degrees Kelvin), right above the surface of the Sun, a peculiar happens. The Sun becomes extremely hot, roughly 1.5 to 2 million degrees. Anyone who know better, can tell you that this is one of many good indications that contemporary solar physics are stuck in an outmoded Newtonian mindframe, when what we are witnessing, in fact, is plasma fusion occuring on the SURFACE of the sun (not the center, as is believed), which is conducted via the electric circuit connecting the sun with the galactic current. *Ahem* But I digress. The point is, regardless of what theory of astrophysics you subscribe to, can someone please explain to me how you are going to deliver a nuclear payload, first through a 2 million degree corona, and then burrow it 216,000 miles into its supposedly 10 million degree center? Well! No wonder the crew went crazy and started cutting on each other.