Paul W.S. Anderson was finishing up post-production on his franchise-melding sci-fi flick, “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” when he sat down to read a script that very much reminded him of one of the progenitors of his film: Ridley Scott’s 1979 deep space horror classic, “Alien.”
The script was simply terrifying, Anderson told MTV News in a recent interview. It was based on an original idea as opposed to the sequel-itis Hollywood had fallen victim to, and it contained mind-bending sci-fi concepts. He decided he had to make the movie.
Five years later, under the direction of German helmer Christian Alvart, "Pandorum" is coming to theaters on September 18. Just as it occurred to Anderson, who took on a producing role for the film, comparisons to “Alien” are popping up.
“It’s a very scary movie set in space and there are creatures in it,” Anderson said. “It introduces an unexpected terror to the audience. Any buzz floating around that this is a bit like ‘Alien,’ I take as a huge compliment.”
That’s not to say "Pandorum" is some “Alien”-knock-off. It’s got its own vision—of soldiers trapped on a spaceship, attempting to discover what happened to the crew while avoiding death by nasty, mysterious beasties—and it has a cast of old-school faves and new school heartthrobs.
“For fans of ‘Twilight,’ there’s a scene where Cam's completely naked. He’s covered in blood, of course. There’s more Cam nudity in this than there is in ‘Twilight’! There’s this great scene where Dennis finds Cam and he’s naked and covered in blood and Dennis covers him up and he says to Cam, ‘Is that your blood, Corporal?’ and Cam says, ‘Some of it,’ and of course the question is, ‘Whose blood is it?’”
Not so much the stuff of Stephenie Meyer's vampire romances. But just as "Pandorum" has something for the "Twilight" set, Anderson says the movie delivers for horror and sci-fi buffs alike.
“It’s a grounded sci-fi movie,” he said. “It’s not ‘Flash Gordon.’ It’s set in what we hope is a realistic vision of the future of space travel and the future of the development of humanity. And it’s just frightening. I think there’s something about scary movies when they’re combined with the isolation of deep space that can really intensify the terror. There’s a great line from Dennis Quaid: ‘Out here there is no help and there is no turning around.’”