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The opening credits to were tongue-in-cheek (referring to those involved by jovial nicknames such as "The Moody Teen," "Comic Relief" and "Ass Hats" rather than their real identity) but they did reveal one thing by referring to the writers as "The Real Heroes" — Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had a huge part to play in the film's success.

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Although Deadpool 2 has been in the news recently after creative differences forced Tim Miller to quit, 's follow up project with the two writers, , is quickly approaching. The trio have swapped unicorns and red pants for spacesuits and extra terrestrials in a film set in outer space. Check out the trailer below:

Based on a crew located on the International Space Station, Life revolves around the team of six who are given the mission of analysing a sample from Mars that shows signs of being the first evidence of extraterrestrial life. However, things take a turn for the worse when it becomes evident that the life form is more intelligent than first feared.

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As well as Reynolds, the film features and Rebecca Ferguson. Judging from the trailer, the tone of the film couldn't be further from Deadpool, looking like a cross between The Martian (2015) and Alien (1979) by capturing the desperation, claustrophobia and warranted alien xenophobia and neatly packaging it into one film.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa — who also directed Child 44 and Safe House — the film follows the trend of high profile space related movies in recent years, including the likes of Gravity (2014), Interstellar (2015) and last year's The Martian and, erm, this year's Independence Day: Resurgence (rumors that Matt Damon will need saving in Life have not been confirmed.)

The top image from 'Life' compared to '2001' [Credit: Columbia Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer]
The top image from 'Life' compared to '2001' [Credit: Columbia Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer]

Arguably the film that defines all those produced since, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is often cited as a big inspiration behind sci-films films set outside earth's atmosphere, and it looks like Life is no different. Check out the big reference to the 1968 classic from the trailer, as shown above.

As well as Deadpool, Reese and Wernick's collaborations have an admirable track record, having also scripted the quirky hit Zombieland (2009). They'll also write the sequel, Zombieland 2, as well as working on Deadpool 2 with Reynolds.

Life is released on May 24, 2017.


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