Many of our most popular films and television shows these days are science fiction. As reported by Box Office Mojo, many of the top-grossing blockbusters are sci-fi films or sci-fi inspired.
The top-grossing film of all time is Avatar at nearly $2.8 billion, while the fifth highest gross belongs to Jurassic World at $1.7 billion. While Star Wars is a fantasy space opera and some fans and critics argue against its classification as science fiction, it has heavy science fiction elements—The Force Awakens ($2.1 billion worldwide) and The Last Jedi ($1.3 billion) have had astronomical takes. Finally, if we include superhero films, an amalgamation of action, science fiction, and fantasy, the representation in the Top 10 is even higher: Avengers: Infinity War ($2 billion), The Avengers ($1.5 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4 billion), and Black Panther ($1.4 billion) all dominated the box office. Whether ‘science fiction proper’ or genre-hybrids like Star Wars, modern superhero films, dystopian films, etc., only Titanic, Furious 7, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows among the Top 10 don’t have science fiction elements. Between this and the successes of shows like Westworld, Black Mirror, Battlestar Galactica, or Lost, science fiction has had a huge impact on our media landscape.
Every Monday I’ll be sharing the sci-fi film and tv news of the previous week that excites me and that I want to be on your radar – new deals, project changes, trailer drops, exciting film debuts and more. (Every Tuesday feel free to check out my run down of horror news as well—you can find the updates from last week here).
A merger between Disney and Fox has been in the works for a while, with shareholders in both companies recently receiving official correspondence outlining the proposed merger. The deal would result in Disney owning the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV holdings. Shareholders will vote on the way ahead on July 10th. More details here.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened internationally this last weekend to a healthy $151.1 million in 48 international markets. Its international gross is expected to increase prior to its U.S. debut, rolling out in China on June 15th, Austrailia and Brazil on June 21st, Mexico on June 22nd, and Japan on July 13th.
Check out the trailer here.
June 5th marked the debut of the official trailer for Universal’s forthcoming dystopian adventure film Mortal Engines, based on the novel of the same name by Philip Rowe. Mortal Engines takes place in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world where entire cities have been motorized on wheels, roaming the land and consuming other cities. The film’s screenplay is co-written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson (yes, THAT Peter Jackson!)
You can catch the trailer here.
Plot details are gradually being updated for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, whose cast includes Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, and Millie Bobby Brown. Rumors around Dance’s role have recently been released:
In Godzilla 2: King of Monsters, Charles Dance will be playing a terrorist leader who Warner Bros./Legendary’s TITANS/Kaiju Cinematic Universe likely have bigger plans in store for. He works in a black market that circulates whatever resources that can be gathered from monsters (also known as TITANS now in the universe) and their remains.
The film’s U.S. debut is scheduled to for May 31st, 2019.