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Dean Devlin Turns a New Leaf with Heart-Warming Space Travel Sci-Fi

Artwork of a spacecraft leaving Earth - Dean Devlin to Direct Sci-fi fantasy movie Countdown

Disaster movie producer Dean Devlin is aiming for a different audience with his upcoming family sci-fi fantasy film, Countdown

Dean Devlin, the producer behind Independence Day: Resurgence and the upcoming untitled Independence Day: 3 is putting his substantial talent towards producing the upcoming sci-fi fantasy film, Countdown, written by Steve Altiere.

Alrighty, now that I’ve gotten the snarkiness out of my system, I should mention that Devlin is actually pretty talented, and has worked on well-loved films such as Stargate, Independence Day, and Eight-Legged Freaks, as well as the upcoming sci-fi thriller, Geostorm, which I’m personally very excited about. Steve Altiere has written many TV movies and kids series, like Netflix’ Dinotrux, Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure, and a pair of live action Scooby-Doo TV movies (The Mystery Begins, and Curse of the Lake Monster).

So what’s Countdown about?

Countdown is an original Altiere story, and will follow a little boy with a big obsession with space travel on a quest to save his dying father. In order to do this, the boy gathers his friends and even ropes in a eccentric NASA scientist to figure out the science behind his out-of-this-world plan to save his dad. Devlin and his crew at Electric Entertainment will produce the heart-warming family adventure.


Joe Johnston has had a pretty interesting career. His first movie was the family comedy “Honey I Shrunk the Kids,” which he followed up with The Rocketeer, a severely undervalued period action movie with touches of steampunk and sci-fi. Since then, he’s gone small (October Sky), big (Jurassic Park III), done a superhero movie (Captain America: The First Avenger), and even tried his hand at classic horror (The Wolfman.)

So what’s next? Well, he’s signed on to direct the $100 million epic sci-fi movie Starfall, primarily being filmed at a massive new Chinese film studio. [Click here to read more…]


NASA scientists + unbelievable plan + preventing future tragedy = time travel (???)

I’m putting my money on time travel unless their plan is to travel to another planet with more advanced medical technology, but I doubt it. Either way, I’m curious to see where they go with it!

Currently, Devlin is busying himself with producing 5 upcoming films, 4 of which are sci-fi, all of which are slated to come out in the next two years. One of which looks like it might be a sequel to the upcoming Geostorm, called Solar Storm (it could just be that Devlin has a thing with storms…), in addition to the highly-anticipated Independence Day 3 and a Stargate reboot. All of this is in addition to showrunning the TNT series The Librarians, and directing his upcoming thriller, Bad Samaritan in Portland, Oregon. (ED: Busy guy!)

Do you think we should give them the benefit of the doubt? Are you still mad about Resurgence? Comment below!

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