Apple TV+ Announces New Sci-Fi Series ‘Neuromancer’

Apple TV+ will expand its slate of science fiction offerings with “Neuromancer,” a new 10-episode drama based on the novel of the same name by William Gibson.

“Neuromancer” will follow a damaged, top-rung super-hacker named Case who is thrust into a web of digital espionage and high stakes crime with his partner Molly, a razor-girl assassin with mirrored eyes aiming to pull a heist on a corporate dynasty with untold secrets.

The series will be created for television by Graham Roland (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” “Dark Winds”) and J.D. Dillard (“Devotion,” “The Outsider,” “Sleight”). A co-production between Skydance Television and Anonymous Content, “Neuromancer” will also be produced by Drake’s DreamCrew Entertainment, with Roland serving as showrunner and Dillard set to direct the pilot episode.

“We’re incredibly excited to be bringing this iconic property to Apple TV+,” series creators and executive producers Roland and Dillard said in a statement. “Since we became friends nearly 10 years ago, we’ve looked for something to team up on, so this collaboration marks a dream come true. ‘Neuromancer’ has inspired so much of the science fiction that’s come after it and we’re looking forward to bringing television audiences into Gibson’s definitive ‘cyberpunk’ world.”

“Neuromancer” will be executive produced by Roland and Dillard, alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Matt Thunell for Skydance Television; Anonymous Content; Drake, Adel ‘Future’ Nur and Jason Shrier for DreamCrew Entertainment; and Zack Hayden and Gibson.

The debut novel by William Gibson, Neuromancer has been praised as one of the first and most-respected works within the cyberpunk genre and has received numerous accolades, including the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award and the Hugo Award. The novel served as the first book in the “Sprawl” trilogy and was followed by Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive.

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The series marks the latest Apple Original series hailing from Skydance Television following “Foundation,” currently in production on its third season; “The Big Door Prize,” which will soon debut its second season; and the recently announced comedy series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson from creator David West Read.

This also marks the latest project in the longstanding collaboration between Apple TV+ and Anonymous Content. Recent film and television projects include the upcoming series “The Savant,” starring and executive produced by Jessica Chastain; Taika Waititi’s “Time Bandits”; “Disclaimer” from Academy Award-winner Alfonso Cuarón; as well as the Golden Globe-nominated film Swan Song, the limited series “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” Peabody Award-winning series “Dickinson” and the limited series “Defending Jacob.”

First Season of ‘Boggy Creek — The Series’ Available on DVD From BayView

The complete first season of “Boggy Creek — The Series” is available on DVD from BayView Entertainment.

From Henrique Couto and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Fred Olen Ray, the series heads to the legendary backwoods of Boggy Creek, Ark. . Viewers join the American Yeti Project as they investigate the strange events surrounding the spooky swamp and its unique denizens. They encounter the witch of Boggy Creek (scream queen Brinke Stevens), the Scarecrow of Boggy Creek, and the fabled Bigfoot monster itself.

The series is narrated by Eric Roberts.

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Sci-Fi Rom-Com ‘Molli and Max in the Future’ Headed to Theaters Feb. 9 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the sci-fi fantasy rom-com Molli and Max in the Future in theaters on Feb. 9.

A sci-fi rom-com about a man and woman whose orbits repeatedly collide over the course of 12 years, four planets, three dimensions and one space cult, Molli and Max in the Future takes the character-driven romance of When Harry Met Sally and combines it with an eclectic sci-fi universe like “Futurama.” Classic practical effects combined with cutting edge technology create Molli and Max’s unique universe.

Directed by Michael Lukk Litwak, the film stars Zosia Mamet, Aristotle Athari, Erin Darke, Okieriete Onaodowan, Arturo Castro, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Aparna Nacherla, Grace Kuhlenschmidt, Matteo Lane, Michael Chernus and Danny Burstein.

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Molli and Max in the Future premiered at SXSW 2023 and won the Jury Award Best Film at the Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival; the Lost Weekend Award Best Story at the Film Club’s The Lost Weekend; the Prix D’or Best of Fest at the Lower East Side Film Festival; and the Grand Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature at the Oak Cliff Film Festival. It was nominated at SXSW for the Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award and for the American Independent Award Best Feature Film at the Denver International Film Festival.

Chinese Sci-Fi Prequel ‘The Wandering Earth II’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 19 From Well Go

The Chinese science-fiction prequel The Wandering Earth II will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The prequel to 2019 Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth — the No. 5 highest-grossing non-English film of all-time globally — returns with the same director, Frant Gwo, and returning stars Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior 2) and Wang Zhi (Drug War), along with new cast members Li Xuejian (Home Coming), Ning Li (Myth of Love), the legendary superstar Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs), Zhu Yanmanzi (“The Guilt” series), Sha Yi (My Own Swordsman), and Zhang Yi (Wolf Pack).

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In the film, in the near future, after learning that the sun is rapidly burning out and will obliterate Earth in the process, humans build enormous engines to propel the planet to a new solar system, far out of reach of the sun’s fiery flares. However, the journey out into the universe is perilous, and humankind’s last shot at survival will depend on a group of young people brave enough to step up and execute a dangerous, life-or-death operation to save the Earth.

 

Japanese Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘Plan 75’ Due on DVD Nov. 21 From MVD

The Japanese science-fiction fantasy Plan 75 will be released on DVD Nov. 21 from MVD Entertainment Group and KimStim.

In the film in a near dystopian future, Japan’s government launches Plan 75, a program encouraging the elderly to terminate their own lives to relieve its rapidly aging population’s social and economic burdens.

In Chie Hayakawa’s feature film debut, the lives of three ordinary citizens intersect in this new reality as they confront the crushing callousness of a world ready to dispose of those no longer deemed valuable. Legendary Japanese actress Chieko Baishō (Howl’s Moving Castle) stars as a 78-year-old Michi who considers signing up for the program after losing her meager but fulfilling hotel job and the means to live independently. A young Plan 75 salesman Himoru (Hayato Isomura) initially believes in the program’s benefits and serves as the human face of the program. And Maria (Stephanie Arianne), a Filipino care worker living overseas, reluctantly accepts a position with Plan 75 to send money home to her ailing daughter.

On the surface, the plan and its hawkers exude a kindness that serves as the film’s chilling vision of bureaucratic indifference and our increasing loss of interconnectedness. However, these characters soon learn to fully reckon with their own lives and what it truly means to live.

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The film was Japan’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards and the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Winner Golden Camera — Special Mention Chie Hayakawa.

The DVD includes Chie Hayakawa’s short film Niagara (2013).

Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘Lion-Girl’ Available on Blu-ray From MVD and Cleopatra

Go Nagai’s science-fiction fantasy Lion-Girl is available on Blu-ray Disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

In the film in the year 20XX, humanity has almost come to an end. A tsunami of meteors have bombarded the entire planet, leaving a very small number of survivors. They kill each other for more food, more power, causing 30 years of bloody civil war. The meteorites contain a mysterious ray inside the rock. If a human being is exposed to this ray, the cells in the body mutate and destroy themselves, causing certain death. But in very rare cases, some humans survive the exposure. Those who get exposed to the space ray and survive undergo a metamorphosis into horrific “meteorite beasts.” People call them Anoroc, and they hunt and kill human beings for their lifeforce. But Earth has the last defender of humanity against Anoroc — Lion-Girl — a superhero Yakuza fighter.

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Special features include director’s commentary, a conversation with Japanese manga legend Go Nagai, a Q&A with key cast members at the Hollywood theatrical premiere, and The Making of Lion-Girl documentary.

‘Monsters of California’ Available Via On Demand Oct. 6 and on DVD Dec. 5

Screen Media will release the sci-fi adventure Monsters of California, the directorial feature debut of Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, via on demand Oct. 6 and on DVD Dec. 5.

In the film, after discovering research left behind by a missing government agent, Dallas Edwards and his misfit high school friends embark on a righteous and dangerous adventure to uncover a paranormal conspiracy in Southern California that brings them face-to-face with some of the government’s most guarded mysteries.

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Written by DeLonge, Ian Miller and Ben Kull, the film stars Jack Samson (Zodiac), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Camille Kostek (Free Guy), Richard Kind (A Serious Man) and Arianne Zucker (“Days of Our Lives”).

 

‘Predator’ Prequel ‘Prey’ Headed to 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 3

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Prey, the prequel to the “Predator” films, arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 3. As part of a special artist line, a collector’s edition 4K Steelbook, designed by digital artist Attila Szarka, will also be available exclusively at Best Buy.

The science-fiction film, which previously streamed on Hulu, was nominated for six Emmys, including Outstanding Television Movie.

The “Predator” legacy continues with this action thriller set in 1719 on the Great Plains with a band of Comanches. When Naru, a fierce and highly skilled young warrior, sets out to protect her people, the prey she stalks turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator — leading to a vicious and terrifying showdown.

All formats include a full-length Comanche audio track. Special features include:

  • “Making of Prey,” in which the cast and crew explore the genesis of the project, how they gave authenticity to the story, the intense physical training the cast endured, and the effects work that brought the Predator back to the screen;
  • “Prey FYC Panel With Cast and Crew,” a panel discussion featuring director Dan Trachtenberg, actor Amber Midthunder, producer Jhane Myers, director of photography Jeff Cutter, film editor Angela M. Catanzaro and creature effects designer Alec Gillis;
  • an alternative opening scene;
  • deleted scenes that didn’t make the cut with commentary by Dan Trachtenberg;
  • and audio commentary by Dan Trachtenberg, Amber Midthunder, Jeff Cutter & Angela M. Catanzaro.

 

 

Horror Flick ‘What the Waters Left Behind: Scars,’ Japanese Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘Shin Ultraman’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD July 11 From MVD and Cleopatra

The horror flick What the Waters Left Behind: Scars and the Japanese science-fiction fantasy Shin Ultraman will be released on disc July 11 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

What the Waters Left Behind: Scars is available on Blu-ray and DVD. In the film, after a packed gig in the middle of nowhere and a wild night out, an indie rock band’s RV gets stuck in the middle of nowhere. The situation is tense: there is trouble within the band and member Billy Bob (Matías Desiderio, Palermo Hollywood) lives up to his reputation as the band’s black sheep when he first sleeps with a groupie and then flees. The remaining band members Jane (Clara Kovacic, The 100 Candles Game) and Mark (Juan Pablo Bishel), as well as manager Javi (Agustin Olcese, The Red Book Ritual) and companion Sophie (Eugenia Rigón, Abracadabra) go in search of the ruins of Epecuén. They soon realize not only that they are not alone, but that they are also in acute danger — and that you should also be careful with groupies. Bonus features include trailers and a slide show.

Shin Ultraman, due on Blu-ray and DVD, is a reimagining of one of Japan’s classic superheroes, full of cosmic twists, villains, and giant Kaiju. The 37th film in the “Ultraman” franchise and the second reboot of a tokusatsu series to be adapted by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi — after the success of Shin Godzilla — it was the sixth highest-grossing domestic Japanese film of 2022, earning ¥4.44 billion (roughly $33.5 million). In the film, there’s never a dull day on Japan’s newly established SSSP Kaiju defense taskforce, led by Kimio Tamura, (Hidetoshi Nishijima, Drive My Car). After a particularly challenging encounter, a silver giant descends from the sky to rescue the planet. Dubbed Ultraman, the giant’s identity and purpose are a mystery. Nominated for eight Japan Academy Film Prize Awards (2023), including Best Picture and Best Director, the film also stars Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla) as Ultraman, Takumi Saitoh (13 Assassins) and Masami Nagasawa (Before We Vanish). Special features include trailers and a slide show. The Blu-ray features a bonus English-language version.

BayView to Bow Restored 3D Classic ‘Robot Monster’ on Blu-ray and DVD July 25

BayView Entertainment will release the 3D classic Robot Monster (1953) on Blu-ray and DVD July 25.

The movie — which had three recent sold-out “re-premieres” in New York, Los Angeles and Wisconsin, according to BayView — was photographed in less than a week on location, but the Tru-Stereo photography is comparable to the major studio 3D productions of the time.  To mark the milestone 70th anniversary of the sci-fi classic, the 3D version of Robot Monster has been restored from complete 35mm archival 3D elements by the team at the 3D Film Archive, experts in vintage stereoscopic film restoration.

The Robot Monster Blu-ray restoration is presented in both Blu-ray 3D (for those with the necessary equipment) and compatible anaglyphic 3D (one pair of glasses is included), which will play on any system or monitor, as well as in standard 2D as well. The Robot Monster DVD edition can be viewed in compatible anaglyphic 3D (one pair of glasses is included) and standard 2D and contains all of the same bonus features as the Blu-ray.

In the film, a cosmic catastrophe has wiped out humanity, and the last six survivors must outwit that strangely iconic alien menace Ro-Man (George Barrows). Taking orders from the pitiless Great Guidance, Ro-Man wavers in his pursuit of human annihilation when he falls in love with a girl (Claudia Barrett). Can dashing young Roy (George Nader) save her?

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