News for Aug. 03, 2005

Sci-fi 'classic' tipped for NZ

8/03/05, 8:58 pm EST - Xoanon

A big-budget Hollywood sci-fi film featuring aliens and Vikings is to be shot in New Zealand and it is likely to star Kiwi actor Karl Urban. Outlander, set during the time of the Vikings, is the only Hollywood production other than Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones known to be filmed in New Zealand in the next 12 months. Urban confirmed Outlander in an interview about his next film Doom, based on the popular sci-fi computer game. Doom is to be released in October. Urban told film website Aint It Cool News he was in negotiations to play the lead in Outlander a pilot from a distant solar system chased by an alien predator. He crash-lands on Earth at the time of the Vikings. Urban said Outlander would be shot in New Zealand, with Wellington special effects company Weta creating the film's creatures. [More]