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AICN EXCLUSIVE!! Key Art For Spielberg’s Extraterrestrial Invasion Series FALLING SKIES!!

I am Hercules!!

The glowy red spine reminds of another sci-fi tale of human apocalypse. Mark Verheiden, who may be the show’s de facto showrunner, wrote for “Battlestar Galactica.”

TNT describes:

After an all-out invasion of the planet by an alien military force, ordinary people must do extraordinary things to survive in TNT’s powerful new drama series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, starring Noah Wyle. FALLING SKIES opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. The series combines stunning visual effects and personal human stories about triumph and survival in the most devastating circumstances.




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  • March 31, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Is there room for one more...

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    Or have we have had enough of these yet?

  • March 31, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    third poster is...

    by nolan bautista

    ..trying to channel an"Amazing Stories"/ early Spielberg vibe..i hope this is good..

  • March 31, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    He cranked this out pretty fast, but Terra Nova? Not so much.

    by Julius Dithers

    Put down that weapon, Wyle, before you hurt yourself.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Modern US Soldiers in sci-fi is now officially fucked out.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Why is the army even in Transformers anyway? And why aren't they driving Hound? And why doesn't Shia LeBeouf always wear a hardhat and yellow boots?

  • March 31, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    glowing spine? things that make you go hmmm...

    by chiefpapa

    Number Six-ish?

  • March 31, 2011, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Fuck you, you fucking fuck!

    by ciroslive

    That's what I would say to alien invaders!

  • March 31, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Well, these posters actually make me more interested...

    by Jaka I guess they did their job. <p> Agree about the AS vibe in the last one, or at least that its got the feel of earlier, more carefree Spielberg. I wasn't sure what it reminded me of at first. But after I read that comment I totally saw it.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST


    by hoodedgeek

    poster is messed up! Where did that left-hand leg go?!

  • March 31, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST


    by quintana007

  • March 31, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Noah looks like YOUNG CHUCK NORRIS

    by quintana007

    hell yeah

  • March 31, 2011, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Yeah, cause we need another one of these.

    by JuanSanchez

  • And he produced that, so I'll give it a go... You guys remember taken? It took place over several decades, 10 two hour episodes. Epic..

  • March 31, 2011, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Does it never strike them as odd?

    by V'Shael

    That American alien invasion movies always portray that a plucky bad of resistance fighters can defeat a technologically more advanced and more numerous foe? While at the same time the country is fighting farmhands and nomads in Afghanistan and Iraq? No one sees that as weird?

  • March 31, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Shit me. More spine-based sci-fi meddling

    by theGoldbergV

    Come on. Its becoming a modern day sci-fi cliche. Almost. Anyway, I don't want to be an AICN troll type guy (those'll be along soon no doubt) so I'll just say that I'll probably give this a chance. If anything, at least it'll give those "Spielberg knows about aliens" conspiracy loons something new to talk about. Plus it has Moon Bloodgood. Nice.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    v'shael, it isn't weird

    by vic twenty

    When the creators are using it as an allegory. It might cause folks to think how THEY would react to an outside force within their midst, and perhaps get a better understanding of attitudes on the other side. BSG did that better than anyone, turning the colonists into terrorists while they were in the cylon prison camp.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Looks like...

    by Salvador_Dalek

    The first and second posters immediately gave me flashbacks to the District 9 posters.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    It isn't weird...and sad...

    by Long Tooth

    ...that some people are so misinformed that they think our countries are simply fighting "farmhands and nomads" in Afghanistan and Iraq? Related to the new show itself, I think it is interesting that, after 60+ years of sci-fi, Hollywood is focused on re-telling a story that has told well so many times already (in recent memory) in both others shows, films, video games. I guess it's a cyclical phase, and people are buying / watching it, which is fine...I just wonder if there are any films / shows out there being written that gives us something new? *couch* Mountains of Madness *couch* (80 year old horror story - but still...)

  • March 31, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Darn coffee-deprived inner spell check!

    by Long Tooth

    *cough* I say, *COUGH*

  • March 31, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Wasn't aware this takes place in Boston.

    by Fawst

    Pretty cool. Obviously it's not shot here. So much for Hollywood East just down the road in Plymouth.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    The slogan in the first poster

    by Truxton Spangler

    makes no sense. Or do these aliens invade whatever afterlife these characters might inhabit and destroy them there as well?

  • March 31, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I souldn't be excited by this....

    by DangerDave

    but I am...I can't help it. PLEASE, make it a balls out war show and not like V where everyone just chats.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by Adorra

    these combined with the new trailer officially seal the deal. loving how this looks like it is combining all kinds of different alien tropes into one entity, produced by speilberg. plus, noah wyle continues to look hot with a beard. anyone know if these will be available as posters? so excited!

  • March 31, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    District 9?

    by Inglorious Bastard

    Between this and Battle: Los Angeles, you can really see District 9's impact on sci-fi alien imagery.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    OF COURSE starring Noah Wyle

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Hey kids, do you like you sci-fi heroes completely devoid of charisma? Have you considered Noah Wyle? If you only have $200,000 to spend on your lead in a lackluster TNT genre picture, Noah Wyle might be for you. Noah Wyle is the tap water of cable television.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by oisin5199

    that's only because in the Iraq/Afghanistan scenario, we're the invading aliens and the farmhands and nomads are the 'plucky heroes.' It all depends on who's telling the story.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by Wookie_1995

    oh man...long day...oh by the way this looks gay

  • March 31, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Noah Wyle is the Anti-Bruce Campbell.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Both have been in dozens of cheap genre movies but Bruce's heart and charisma leaps from the screen. Noah is just kind of there. He's not salt or pepper. Just baking soda. Somewhere, fans of The Librarian are miffed.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    The aliens have arrived

    by INWOsuxRED

    and they brought scaffolding!

  • March 31, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    I'm into it.

    by blackwood

    Far more than anything I've seen from TERRA NOVA so far. I hope it channels the better bits of WAR OF THE WORLDS into something consistent and compelling. I really want a great sci-fi show to hang my hat on. Aside from WALKING DEAD (and, of course, SPARTACUS), I haven't been feeling 'genre' television lately. But this looks cool so far.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Alien invasions are just so not plausible no matter what

    by SadTruth

    I've said it before (Battlefield Earth:LA) and I'll say it here again: just too stupid a concept for anyone with more than 2 brain cells to rub together to buy into. Any species capable of interstellar travel has such power and technology at their disposal that we are but ants. No, we're not noble savages with the ability to learn and fight back, we are ants, literally folks. I don't want to hear one teeny bopper respond with the teeny bopper comparison to Afghanistan, or Native Americans, or whatever. Further, we and this planet have nothing unique to offer them. Nothing. To an interstellar species our planet is but a grain of sand. Literally, a grain of sand compared to the real estate they have access to. And finally, if there were some Unobtainium on this planet that we are not aware of, we would be summarily exterminated, just like the ants that we are. Interstellar equivalent of a can of gasoline poured over the ant mound. Not one survivor, not one, literally. Sheesh!

  • March 31, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Didn't realize they were in boston til those posters

    by FrodoFraggins

  • March 31, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST


    by Inglorious Bastard

    I politely disagree. Saying that advanced civilizations wouldn't be interested in humans is somewhat glib. You make the simplistic argument that aliens would be to humans as humans are to ants. But certainly there are humans, specifically some Entomologists, who are very interested in ants, so your argument is self defeating. Now if you had said that the idea of an alien invasion is stupid based on the improbability of humanity bumping into any intelligent lifeforms in the vastness of the universe, then I'd say you're onto something.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Plot behind the show...

    by Alientoast

    ...the aliens were the ones who funded the Big Dig, and now they are here to find out what exactly all those billions were really spent on. It's budget time in Beantown! Guest Star: Jon Pappelbon, who survives the invasion when the aliens mistake his choking on the mound as actual choking, thus thinking he is already a goner.

  • March 31, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Spaceship Design

    by Shannon Nutt

    Why does every spaceship design these days try to copy the "District 9" look...the aliens we keep seeing in this movies appear to have flunked their basic architecture courses. Wouldn't an advanced civilization have something a little more sleeker than a huge erector set?

  • March 31, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I don't like Noah Wyle

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    There, I said it

  • March 31, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Explains the "They came for the children" line

    by PoorOLtinTin

    From that last trailer they put out. That second poster obviously its a child with a glowing apparatus on his spine.

  • March 31, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Speilberg just can't give up the alien thing...

    by skycrapper

    How many alien projects have his name attached to it? They even had to bring them into the Indiana Jones verse. Man, move on...

  • March 31, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    This is what 'V' should have been

    by mistergreen

    But they don't have the balls to go there.

  • I enjoyed Battle LA, but even so, the explanation for why the aliens were attacking was pretty stupid and either not thought out very well, or not properly explained. Alien invasion stories would work better if they were set in the future, when humanity is a starfaring race. Now, we may not become a starfaring race, but for the sake of a movie, it works because if we have starships and a space navy and space marines, etc... then we can at least stand up and fight back against a hostile alien force. That would also make the plotting and backstory exposition easier to deal with. It would make more sense if we were, for example, encroaching upon an alien civilization's colonies, thus prompting them to go to war with us. I don't see how if we were just sitting here on Earth minding our own damn business, why the aliens would give a shit. They certainly wouldn't see us as a threat. Maybe they'd be curious, but that's a whole different movie there if that is the case. This was why I was so excited when properties like Halo, Old Man's War, and The Forever War were optioned for film. It appeared, for awhile, that we might finally get a proper alien war film for once instead of a tired retread of the aliens invade Earth film that is so often never thought out enough to justify the damn thing. Who knows if we will actually see any of those films though. Halo is dead for the time being. Ridley Scott holds the rights for The Forever War, meaning who knows if he will do anything with it after Prometheus. So maybe Old Man's War will get made. At this point, I have no idea whether or not it will make it to the screen.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    This looks promising... but Battlestar Galactica was FUCKING BORING!

    by Citizen Sane

    I can't believe I am saying this, but I hope that Speilberg's influence here is the strongest

  • March 31, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by Billyeveryteen

    I guess all the cool cities are nuked from orbit, and we're all that's left. "It's the only way to be sure..."

  • March 31, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    THE WALKING DEAD...with aliens!

    by CaptainAxis

  • March 31, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Does this take place in Atlanta?????

    by TheJudger

    That gold covered building in the first poster looks like the Georgia Capitol

  • March 31, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    They should link Falling Skies with Walking Dead

    by BubbaDestructo

    And have a kick-ass zombie-alien mash-up. Rick Grimes and Dr. Carter kicking butt and taking names.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    OK I'm in.

    by jimmy_009

  • April 1, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Awesome poster. Oh, and V is a huge let-down

    by HarryBlackPotter

    The original mini-series back in the 80's was cool and somehow more epic. Saw it again not too long ago and still just about holds up. The remake is not great though. Only just started the 2nd season and it still looks a bit cheap, but I'll continue to watch I guess.

  • April 1, 2011, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Aliens would have invaded Earth long before

    by Dennis_Moore

    it's inhabitants were a credible threat, unless they enjoy good sport, like Predator.

  • April 1, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    "We're not just fighting for our lives....

    by ianlegend

    We're fighting for our existence!" That's like saying "We're not just fighting for our lives. We're fighting to continue staying alive!". What wanker came up with that in his teabreak!?

  • April 1, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    lv_426 - Fox's 90s series Space:Above and Beyond

    by vic twenty

    That was the basic premise of that series: We were beginning colonization and another species took notice, and attacked. Was pretty good for its time as I recall. Had space and ground combat, crazy A.I.s running around causing havoc, and "clones" to step in as the ostracised group.

  • April 1, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Noah Wylie

    by Losteroo

    Speaking of which...when are they going to make Pirates of Silicon Valley 2?

  • April 1, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Walking Dead w/aliens...some beat me to it, but that

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    "the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back", sounds exactly like The Walking Dead.

  • April 1, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    vic twenty

    by lv_426

    I have seen Space: Above and Beyond. It was pretty good for that type of show for the time (mid 90's). It is too bad it only had the one season. It was kind of a precursor to the new Battlestar Galactica.

  • April 2, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Oh Dear God In Heaven....

    by blackflowerX

    ....Fishing ,on a cloud with baby Jesus and Santa...<BR><BR> Please make this original, and adult, and interesting . <BR><BR> I watched Battle L.A the other day and it was an utter visual abortion, I'd rather watch V than that jerky cam shitefest of cheese. So, I hope this will be better , but y'know , probably not ....*sob*.

  • Yeah that show was the shit in its day....<BR><BR> The A.I where creepy (Unlike Craprica). The aliens where cool too. It was like a proto BSG reboot.<BR><BR> It would be great to see an updated version of that show . That said , I'm fuckin' sick of all this reboot shite. But if their gonna remake anything , why not something as good as that??????

  • April 2, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    "They should link Falling Skies with Walking Dead"

    by blackflowerX

    "The walking Dead "was almost an Alien story(supposedly ... Y'all should check out ; <BR><BR> <BR><BR> I think it might have been issue 75# of the comic where they did this extra Alien concept story thing , at the end of the issue that was cool <BR><BR> ....I'm glad he didn't go down that route tho, I like my "Walking Dead" the way it is , black and white and human ...

  • April 2, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Wow blackflowerx, that's really interesting.

    by BubbaDestructo

    I didn't realize that aliens were originally going to be playing a role. Glad Kirkman didn't go that route. Much more human/real pathos in his stories that bringing aliens in would just dilute. Thanks for the link. Interesting interview.

  • April 3, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    So the aliens are Oil Rig Roughnecks

    by v3d

    That ship looks like one big oil rig.