First ‘Geostorm’ Trailer: Gerard Butler Faces Worldwide Disasters

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If you’re after epic, earth-destroying disasters on screen, Geostorm looks to have you covered.

The first trailer has dropped for Geostorm, an upcoming sci-fi actioner starring Gerard Butler, Ed Harris, Abbie Cornish and Jim Sturgess. Set sometime in the future, the plot tells of what goes down when the intricate network of satellites created to control the global climate turns on us. Cue tornadoes, tidal waves, ice storms and monstrous hail.

This one’s had quite the journey to fruition. Production on Geostorm began way back in late 2014 and was originally slated for release in October 2016. One of the biggest obstacles came last year when test screenings didn’t go so well and Skydance Media decided to do some major reshoots, forking out a reported $US15 million, bringing in a new director in Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer) and even removing characters and subplots from the script.

The film marks the directorial debut for Dean Devlin, who produced and co-wrote Roland Emmerich’s Stargate and Independence Day films. IMDB now lists both Devlin and Cannon as Geostorm‘s directors.

So, what do we have? From the looks of this slick trailer, a fun-looking piece of disaster-filled sci-fi. The visuals are great, even if we’ve seen a number of these disasters play out before, and there’s enough of the plot being kept under wraps to warrant interest. Could this surpass a troubled production to deliver a hit, à la World War Z? We’ll see.

Geostorm, also starring Robert Sheehan, Andy Garcia and Alexandra Maria Lara, arrives in Australia on October 19 and opens in the US on October 20.

Synopsis for Geostorm:

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

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