Sunday, February 1, 2009

Writer of Outlander, Underworld 3, Amazon, Conan at science fiction museum

Screenwriter Howard McCain knows some of the secrets of our past, present and future film-watching, and he'll be in town 7 p.m., Tues., Feb. 17 at Seattle's Science Fiction Museum for the next in the Exposed: Inside Film series. $5 or free to EMP|SFM members. Call 1.877.EMP.SFM1.

In 2010, if all goes well on the big screen, a gladiatrix (played by Scarlett Johannsen?) will exact vengeance on the army that destroyed her homeland in Amazon and Conan (the famous Cimmerian/Barbarian) continues his adventures (begun in 1932 thanks to Robert E. Howard and Weird Tales) across the continent of Hyboria. McCain, and Dirk Blackman, wrote the screenplay for Amazon and were hired by Lion's Gate to write Conan.

In theaters now, McCain and Blackman also wrote the screenplay to Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the origin story for the trilogy (vampires vs former slaves).

McCain also wrote and directed 2008's Outlander, and that's the film that will be shown and discussed at the next Exposed: Inside Film. Warren Etheredge of The Warren Report and co-founding faculty of TheFilmSchool in Seattle hosts.

Outlander takes place far, far in our past, 509 AD. An alien guy, Kainan, joins forces with Vikings to battle a creature known as The Moorwen after he and it crash land in Fjords in ancient Norway. Alien stud plus Vikings equals dead monster, right?

This weekend: the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival starts 4 p.m., Sat., Feb. 7 at the Cinerama.

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