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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 03.20.09] post apocalyptic movie news scifi horror

Totally unbeknownst to us, German director Niki Drozdowski has been hard at work on a mysterious post-apocalyptic film called Extinction - The G.M.O. Chronicles (previously Tara Rasa: The GMO Chronicles). Word from is that the film was originally conceived as a short and was then extended to 90 minutes as it's scale was so big and story so compelling. Here's what it's about:

A Retrovirus, which was conceived as a tool for industrial genetic engineering, has gotten out of control and is spreading rapidly. While it crosses all organisms within our ecological system completely indiscriminately (mixing plant with animal and humans) most plants prove more resistant because of their complex DNA. However, the simple genes of the plants lead humans to become grotesque mutations, in most cases even to death.

Within one week, 90% of mankind are either extinct or no longer human. However, a small fraction of the earth’s population remains immune to the virus and must survive in this new and constantly changing ecological system. Tom cellar is one the survivors and on an old military base in the Eifel he has entrenched himself. Further survivors come together and succeed in carving out a life in this new world. But the GMOs - the “genetically modified organisms” - constantly develop themselves further, and soon the fence of the base offers no more protection.

The film marks the debut of German producer Niki Drozdowski who plans to make the film in English (from what I can gather from the bad interflab translator bots I've been using). Not much is known about the project other than it's got a 2009 date listed on but I don't know if that means it's out in 2009 or starts filming 2009. Either way we'll keep you posted as things develop.

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Cornhulio (12 years ago) Reply

Hi, on the website are two dates.
25.02.2009 The Day they started shooting
27.03.2009 The Last Day of shooting.
There have been 24 Days of shooting.


rek (12 years ago) Reply

This sounds interesting, like an adaptation of Aldiss' Hothouse.

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