The release of Collider, an Irish/Portuguese produced film, is looking to ask the question that plagues us all: Is the CERN research facility a time machine capable of ending the world?
We all love a disaster movie. Whether it’s the world ending through a Mayan Prophecy as seen in 2012, or aliens blowing up our historical monuments with massive lasers like in Independence Day, we just can’t get enough of visualising human suffering.
One film that is about to come out is no exception. Making his feature directorial debut, Irishman Jason Butler in Collider portrays a world that has been destroyed as a result of a sabotage attempt made by a rogue scientist, Peter Ansay, on the CERN Large Hadron Collider in 2012. But something goes terribly wrong (as these things do) and he is transported to the year 2018, in a world now destroyed by natural disasters.
Storms, plagues, inter-dimensional portals and mutants now cover the planet wiping out 80pc of the planet’s population.
It is up to Peter and the other survivors he comes across to get back to the Collider where it all began and go back in time to save humanity.
An Irish/Portuguese production
Director Jason Butler has previously worked on Republic of Telly and music videos for The Rubberbandits and is produced by Nuno Bernardo, Triona Campbell and John McDonnell as part of this beActive production, a film company based in Dublin, Lisbon and elsewhere and is based off the comic book series of the same name, created by Nuno.
Like many new TV shows and feature films, Collider will be a multi-platform project that will hope to run a web and TV series also that will link up with mobile games and online graphic novels that will be downloadable through the Apple Store and Google Play.
This is Jason’s first film as a feature and both Triona and John have a number of years experience in the film industry and are hoping to bring their previous success to the film.
The film also contains an Irish connection through the character of Fiona Murphy, a quick tempered, emotionally troubled computer programmer who has devoted the last three years of her life to searching for her missing daughter, Hannah.
Thankfully, Nuno does not want people to believe that they are doing any scaremongering about CERN and the Large Hadron Collider: “We are not criticising their work. We are not against science. We just create a fictional story based on their experiments. Is the eternal ‘what if’ scenario? What if this experiments are putting the world out of balance. The ‘what if’ is always a good starting point to a nice story.”
Collider will be released in Ireland this 10 January, followed by a release in the UK, USA and Japan.
Watch the trailer for Collider which was pitched as Lost meets Terminator. An interesting combination to say the least.