Using the catchy line, “We were better off alone,” the science fiction film Life is about astronauts finding an organism from Mars. Topbilled by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, the movie revolves around crew members of the International Space Station who come into contact with the alien life form that must be prevented from reaching Earth.
The story unfolds over the course of a few days, with almost the entire movie set in the space station, and in zero gravity. Actual Mars images from the Curiosity rover were used in the film.
The premise of the script is simple enough: A crew of astronauts recovers the first research capsule to come back from Mars – and then they discover an organism in the pod. It turns out that the organism, rapidly mutating after it has left the Martian environment, may very well be what made life on Mars extinct.
The script was co-written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who had previously done screenplays for Deadpool and Zombieland. The duo’s well-known humor inputs are conspicuously missing from the space thriller, but Director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) reportedly could not put the script down. The rated-R offering from Skydance also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Olga Dihovichnaya, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ariyon Bakare.
What Makes ‘Life’ Different from Other Alien-themed Movies
Famed author and filmmaker Clive Barker (Hellraiser) was once approached to do Alien 3. He declined, stating that he did not want to do number three of anything.
Unlike the Alien series of films, Life is an original movie – not a sequel or a remake. Similar to Alien and others of its ilk, the film caters to viewers’ curiosity of the unknown – no signs of life from Mars have ever been documented, after all.
In making the film, the producers worked with a team of consultants: scientists, engineers and doctors. Some of these include Rudi Schmidt, who was involved with the European space agency.
Adam Rutherford is a molecular biologist who helped determine what kind of life form would likely have come from Mars and how it would react when away from its original habitat. Kevin Fong is a doctor who knew what doctors will likely do in space: look at bone density, heart rate, etc.
The actors, too were selected based on their vast wire experience – due to the film being set in zero gravity. Whether this new movie set in space impresses and spawns a number of sequels, like the Alien-themed films before it, or audiences decide they are better off alone without it, will be learned when it hits cinemas on March 24, 2017.