In one of the most depressing developments of the year, Legendary Entertainment, the company behind the so-called MonsterVerse, has announced plans to turn the History Channel series Ancient Aliens into an adventure movie, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be developed by Counterbalance Entertainment, the showrunners behind the Cobra Kai revival series.
Details of the project are being kept under wraps, but according to Legendary, the story “will be a two-handed, globe-spanning adventure featuring ancient sites and artifacts, confronting the theories and questions raised by the popular docuseries.”
Ancient Aliens began life as an adaptation of Erich von Däniken's ancient astronaut books, which asked such provocative questions as “Was the black race a failure and did the extraterrestrials change the genetic code by gene surgery and then programme a white or a yellow race?” It will, I suppose, be interesting to see how the movie will "confront" the theories and questions from the show that the Southern Poverty Law Center identified as racist in 2018.
The Ancient Aliens project will join Legendary's MonsterVerse, whose movies, such as the recent Godzilla vs. Kong, make use of the pseudoscientific hollow earth theory.
In theory a science fiction thriller based on the ancient astronaut theory shouldn't be any more harmful than a Godzilla movie. Compare, for example, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which didn't spawn an ancient astronaut revival until it inspired producer Kevin Burns to turn from making Indiana Jones tie-in shows to producing Ancient Aliens. That's because audiences saw Indiana Jones as fiction. But the experience of The Da Vinci Code teaches us that when a fictional story is marketed as based on a real history, no matter how fake, it will spawn interest in its false claims and convince a large segment of viewers that the false history is true.
The Ancient Aliens movie itself will probably be forgotten, but the marketing campaign that will elevate the TV show and its many claims could potentially do lasting damage.
4/8/2021 01:48:51 pm
An Ancient Aliens movie has already been done. It's called Stargate. The Egyptian pyramids were built by aliens (either ones that live in your stomach or weird white ones that live... within you somehow?) who then gave 'guidance' to the dark skinned humans in Egypt (ugh).
4/8/2021 01:52:54 pm
That was a movie that featured ancient space aliens. It was not, however, based on the History channel series "Ancient Aliens" like the new project, nor was it presented as being based on a true story.
4/8/2021 11:58:30 pm
4/10/2021 12:54:19 am
4/9/2021 12:34:57 am
Should be a fun movie. I think Colovito could suck the fun out of Christmas if it didn’t fit into his progressive wet dream. And the fact that the SPLC condemned AA just makes me want to watch every re-run I can.
4/9/2021 09:17:33 am
Are you being forced to read this blog against your will? Blink twice if you need help!
4/9/2021 10:20:03 am
If you have a problem with the SPLC your are a racist and KKK and a hater,
4/11/2021 03:03:44 pm
Come on, man. That's childish. I don't agree with every single pronouncement made by SPLC either, but I think they and Jason have a point here. Ancient Aliens does play up some old racist tropes. I think it would be a fun movie and a fun show, but I wish they would put up a disclaimer explicitly stating that it is "for entertainment purposes only." As a matter of fact, I wish they would put a plaque stating that on every church, synagogue, temple and mosque too. Superstition is so bad. Just my opinion.
An Over-Educated Grunt
4/9/2021 09:22:42 am
Do you think "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" did lasting harm to the mental health industry?
4/10/2021 01:46:19 am
This brings to mind the movie rating system in the <italics>Catholic Standard</italics>, referred to by one of my Benedictine teachers as "that rag". As I recall it was A1,2, and 3, B, and C (condemned).
4/10/2021 11:02:37 am
They already have the model in place for developing a film. Just cut and paste a lot of stuff from the TV episodes. Then to sex it up, recruit Megan Fox and some former B-lister hunk who needs beer money and work them in a couple spots in between the cut and paste footage. Make the film for a couple million bucks then sell about 20 million in tickets to the mouth breathers who love the idea of seeing the film that "They" don't want you to see,.
4/11/2021 10:50:31 pm
Or... they could just do what they're doing without your input.
4/13/2021 10:45:21 pm
It's also pretty much why you consistently end up looking silly here in your encounters with me.
4/14/2021 01:34:09 pm
4/12/2021 07:47:47 am
Marvel will release soon 'Eternals':
4/13/2021 10:25:35 pm
"Kirby made an un-credited cameo appearance in the episode "No Escape" of The Incredible Hulk. He can be spotted in the hospital scene as a police sketch artist who is recreating, from the a witness's description, a picture of the man he claimed to have saved his life. Instead of resembling the live-action Hulk, this illustration is instantly recognizable as the Hulk as he appeared in the original comics."
John L Hall
4/12/2021 02:01:02 pm
Ancient Aliens Quatermass and the pit!
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