Some of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick's best work as screenwriters has come because of their ability to inject terrific humor into otherwise serious scenarios. This proved incredibly successful on both Deadpool and Zombieland, and even to an extent on G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Their next project, Life, seems to have replaced casual humor with intense scares, however, as you'll see in the brand new trailer below:
Sony Pictures launched the first trailer for Life tonight during the latest episode of The Walking Dead on AMC, and it looks pretty damn good. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the movie is a star-studded affair set in space, and looks like a cool close-door sci-fi story very much in the spirit of Ridley Scott's Alien.
Featuring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rebecca Ferguson, Life is set within the confines of the International Space Station, and follows a crew of six astronauts who are about to make a life changing breakthrough: the discovery of extraterrestrial life. At first the whole thing seems really innocent, as the creature they find actually looks kind of cute, but it doesn't take long for the alien to become smarter than the crew expects.
It's hard not to appreciate this trailer. Not only does it have a bit of style with that voiceover from President John F. Kennedy, but it also does a surprisingly great job of maintaining a lot of the suspense by not revealing too much. Just from the way the preview is edited, it's pretty clear that most of this footage is taken from the first act of the movie. It is a shame that we will now go into Life knowing that the character played by Ariyon Bakare is totally, totally doomed - but we can still enjoy not knowing who among the three topline stars will make it all the way to the end. It certainly looks like Jake Gyllenhaal will be completely screwing-over Ryan Reynolds at some point, but who knows how that will actually play out.
Audiences will soon be able to see Jake Gyllenhaal back on the big screen alongside Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals... but sadly we still have a long time to wait until we will be able to see Life in its finished form. Clearly there is a lot of visual effects work that will need to be done, but it also means that we won't be seeing the film in theaters until Memorial Day weekend 2017 - or May 26, 2017 to be exact. We'll definitely be keeping an eye on it - but for now, what did you think? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts.