Exclusive: Writers Liam O'Donnell and Joshua Cordes Talk Skyline and Skyline 2
In these turbulent economic times, filmmakers - like many business oriented folk - play things pretty close to the vest. They invest thoughtfully and make their moves with a certain amount of secrecy. They do their best to make sure that they have a winner on their hands before they even start thinking about things like sequels or franchises.
It just makes good business sense.
So naturally there was a certain amount of surprise in media circles when filmmakers Colin and Greg Strause (AVP: Requiem) recently announced a sequel to their upcoming film, Skyline. The reasoning behind this consternation is that Skyline is not due for release until November 12, 2010. For a property other than, for example, an established literary series (which has its own built-in audiences), it is a bold and daring move. But with their innovative formula of filmmaking, the brothers are so convinced they have a hit on their hands that they are willing to commit to a sequel before Skyline has even seen the light of day.
Dread Central spoke with Skyline's writers, Liam O’Donnell and Joshua Cordes, and they shed some light on the plans they and the Strause Brothers have in store for audiences.
DC: In Variety recently there was an article that said there’s already been a sequel green-lit for Skyline even though the film hasn’t yet been released. Can you talk a little bit about that?
Liam O’Donnell: It was one of those things that wasn’t necessarily pre-planned, but the closer we got to the end of the movie, the more we felt that our characters had gotten to a really interesting place. We wanted to see more of them and thought a sequel would have a different dynamic than what we had in the first one. When Josh and I sat down and did the treatment, we were like, “Wow, this is insane!” So when we pitched it to Greg and Colin, we said, “All right, let’s see what they think.” [laughs] Greg started making Predator noises… [laughs]
Joshua Cordes: And we’d never seen that before. [laughs]
Liam O’Donnell: Colin was humming, and they were both like, “This is going to be fucking huge!”
DC: So, will the sequel be bigger?
Liam O’Donnell: Skyline had eight hundred FX shots… the next one is going to have more like sixteen hundred. A lot of times people will say that the sequel is “twice the size”; Skyline 2 will literally be twice the size.