Sales of tickets for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flights will plummet (well, even more than usual) with the announcement of next year's planned release for Final Orbit. It's a new disaster movie that aims to take the well-worn airplane emergency genre to the stars... before crashing into a supernova at great speeds.


Admittedly, Final Orbit sounds curiously familiar to anyone who saw last year's Doctor Who Christmas Special:

[The plot] tells the story of a lottery that gives thrill-seekers a chance to vacation aboard a newly completed International Space Station. But the trips turns nightmarish after the station is damaged, trapping tourists in a crippled module with no trained astronauts to help them.

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Will there be an ancient Time Lord to save these brave tourists? Will the movie star an Australian pop diva? These are questions that need to be answered now, dammit.

With a script written by the writer of Spike Lee thriller Inside Man, the adaptation of an as-yet-unpublished graphic novel from Platinum Studios (the people who brought you such past classics as I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space), will be brought to the screen by Gail Anne Hurd's Valhalla Motion Pictures, previously responsible for both Hulk and The Incredible Hulk, meaning that if this movie fails at the box office, we can expect to see a remake within a few years.

Duo to launch 'Final Orbit' [Variety]

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