Sunday, May 15, 2011

Possibly the Greatest Movie Concept, Ever

I decided to wait for a little bit before posting about this movie news tidbit, as the idea in and of itself is so outlandish that I half-expected it to be eventually revealed as some sort of internet hoax. According to various sources online, filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black, Wild Wild West) is collaborating with comics writer Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Batman Incorporated) to create a graphic novel and feature film called Dominion: Dinosaurs vs. Aliens. To quote Mr. Sonnenfeld from Deadline (an entertainment-based news site):

“Growing up, my fascination was all things dinosaur, and as an adult, I’ve had some success making films about aliens, so this is a dream come true,” said Sonnenfeld, who first met Liquid Comics founder Sharad Devarajan when he wrote a forward for one of Liquid’s graphic novels. “We’ve been trying to do a project ever since.”

The graphic novel will chronicle a secret prehistoric world war battle. When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, the planet’s only hope is the giants that roam the planet with, it turns out, a lot more intelligence than previously realized. Sonnenfeld, Rifkin and Devarajan will produce, while Liquid cofounder Gotham Chopra will be executive producer.

Just so we’re clear- while this is definitely an oddball concept, the ten year old in me is doing a glee-filled, double backflip just based on the title alone. I imagine that the aliens will be able to talk but will the dinosaurs? (featuring comedian Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of the T-Rex!) Maybe the dialogue from both parties will be subtitled.

Could this movie mark the beginning of a new Hollywood franchise? Will we eventually see a Dinosaurs vs. Robots? Dinosaurs vs. Ninjas? Dinosaurs vs. Pirates vs. Dracula?


Justin M... said...

This is funny. I wrote an article for G-FAN magazine, issue 92, titled "Dinosaurs vs. Aliens: Take One!" last year. My article was an analysis of an obscure 1929 pulp-fiction story called "Death of the Moon" by A.M. Phillips which centered around an attempted alien invasion of the Earth 65-million-years-ago in which the aliens are all killed off by a T-Rex. Its a great story but hard to come by today.

Mysterious Pants said...

That sounds like a very cool short story- is it available to read anywhere online?