The Day the Earth Said Whaaaat?

daytheearthstoodstillTwentieth Century Fox has issued the following press release:

Twentieth Century Fox makes history by transmitting the first motion picture in to deep space, making THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL the world’s first galactic motion picture release. The first deliberate deep space transmission of this highly anticipated science fiction thriller will begin this Friday, December 12, 2008, to coincide with the film’s opening day on Planet Earth. If any civilizations are currently orbiting Alpha Centauri, they will be able to receive and view the film approximately four years from now in the year 2012.

In a time when global movie launches are now commonplace, Fox is raising the bar by spearheading, with Deep Space Communications Network located at Cape Canaveral, the ultimate in “wide release” platforms. As millions of Earthbound movie fans get their first look at THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, the film will be zipping through space at 186,000 miles per second to a heretofore untapped possible consumer base orbiting the three star system, Alpha Centauri.

Commented Twentieth Century Fox domestic distribution president Bruce Snyder: “We at Fox always like to think big, and what’s bigger than a ‘galactic’ release of a major motion picture event? We look forward to sharing THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL with our galactic neighbors near Alpha Centauri — and look forward to their feedback…eight years from now.”

Stardate December 10, 2016, Alpha Centauri responds: “Whoa. The original was better.”

(You can read the rest of the release over at Coming Soon.)

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 00:35 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Tom
    on 2008-12-12 at 02:03

    If Fox spent as much time making their movies work as they did planning their promotional gimmicks, I wouldn’t have wanted my money back after seeing Max Payne.

  2. Written by Tsiwt
    on 2008-12-16 at 15:18

    I haven’t seen the this theatical release to know how much it doesn or doesn’t stay true to the faithful … but is this REALLY the sort of material we want to be boradcasting into space? :)

    Seriously, though, I wonder if any enterprising earling coudl find a way to make use of those transmissions? I mean, it seems sort of unfair that we start broadcasting to the aliens now, but the rest of us have to wait until it hits DVD or cable?

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