Life Writers Talk Sequel Possibilities


This weekend saw the release of Life (review), and for my money it’s one of the best damned horror films I’ve seen all year thanks to its unique zero gravity setting, a kick-ass creature, and some of the most disturbing kills to grace the big screen.

As the movie ends – no spoilers here! — the door is left open for a sequel. Recently screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick sat down for an interview with THR and talked about the possibility of another go-around in the grisly new universe.


We always wanted it to end in a creepy fashion that set up at least the possibility for future movies, and but the script is very much a seesaw between Calvin having an advantage and the astronauts having an advantage,” the duo told THR. “We always wanted them to be smart, but then a new problem present itself so when they got out of the frying pan, they found themselves in the fire. And it just so happened that the last twist was that despite all their best intentions, Calvin was once again one step ahead of them at the end of the movie. It was very intentional, and we just wanted to leave people with a real sense of goosebumps and anticipation of what might happen next.

They also confirmed that they “would love to be involved” in a Life sequel.

Completely,” Reese said when asked about the Alien to Aliens transition/similarities. “Just the fact that Calvin can now possibly reproduce, I think, is an interesting idea. We’ve dropped him in a situation that is teaming with life to hunt and to eat. That being the ocean or the coast of Indonesia or Vietnam or wherever we are saying he’s landed. So that opens it up right there. But just the idea of firewalls could extend to Earth in the sense that now they’ve failed to contain Calvin to the station. The question is: How would the Earth react? Obviously, this was an international effort, so there are a lot of countries cooperating. And again, they would be trying to contain this thing from moving forward, and yet, there might be more Calvins to deal with. To us, that screams interesting sequel.

Yes, we’ll take that please… thanks.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Ryan Reynolds star in the new film from Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44). Life is playing now from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.



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