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 12:00 AM, 03-JULY-07
 
Sunshine Contains Homages

Danny Boyle, the British director of the upcoming SF movie Sunshine, told SCI FI Wire that the film features several nods to SF movies that influenced it, including Ridley Scott's Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The movie centers on a team of astronauts sent on a doomsday mission into space with a Manhattan-sized nuclear device designed to reignite the dying sun.

Early in the movie, the camera rests momentarily on a bobbing toy in one of the cabins. It's a deliberate wink at Scott's Alien, which had a similar shot, Boyle said.

"I don't know whether you remember it, but at the beginning, the ship's quiet, and there's these ... bouncy things which are bouncing up and down," Boyle said, adding: "Once you make a film like this, you realize that all of the things they do suggest motion, because you've got this problem, which is that you have a huge vehicle, but it's fake, ... and you have to create a sense of it in motion."

The movie also features a scene in a snow-covered park, with three stone monoliths, a nod to Stanley Kubrick's 2001. "They were an accident, of course," Boyle said. "We went to this park in Stockholm in Sweden, and it's actually a memorial. It's a May Day memorial. ... But, of course, they just look like [the monoliths in 2001]."

Sunshine has a character named Pinbacker, a deliberate reference to John Carpenter's 1974 SF spoof movie Dark Star, which featured a character named Sgt. Pinback. "That's the man who wrote Alien," Boyle added, referring to Dan O'Bannon. O'Bannon played Sgt. Pinback; he also co-wrote Dark Star and scripted Alien. "So it all makes sense in the end," Boyle said with a laugh.

Sunshine, which stars Cillian Murphy and Fantastic Four's Chris Evans, opens July 20. —Patrick Lee, News Editor
 


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