For the last couple of months, I have been looking forward to the upcoming movie Battle: Los Angeles. This is a film inspired by the 1942 military attack on a still unidentified object in Los Angeles, set for release in March 2011. Although the 1942 incident did not involve aliens (only an object), this film features a full-scale battle with aliens.
At the same time, there has been another movie in the making. This movie is called Skyline, an independent film, which also features aliens descending on Los Angeles. It is set for release on November 12, 2010, four months earlier than Battle: Los Angeles.
Just a coincidence? Well, that’s for attorneys to decide.
The makers of the independent film Skyline are owners of special effects company Hydraulx. They created the effects for Sony’s Battle: Los Angeles at the same time they were filming their own L.A./alien movie. Hydraulx is owned by the Brothers Strause (Colin and Greg) who supplied the effects for such films like Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Fantastic Four, as well as some effects for the X-files movie and Avatar.
The legal battle continues with three weeks to go until the first alien battle movie appears on the big screen.
While this is going on, something else has been happening in cyberspace. It is being alleged that all of the UFO sightings we have experienced lately (here and and in other parts of the globe) are simply special effects created by the Brothers Strause. So, around the blogosphere, it is alleged that recent sightings are nothing but a viral marketing campaign to promote Skyline.
The evidence for this accusation stems from a blogger’s imagination after watching the trailer for Skyline. The trailer features mass abductions (like the “disappearing village in China”), as well as lights in the sky that mesmerize the viewer on the ground. It’s all too similar, they say.
So, some bloggers have inserted polls in their posts, or ask you to weigh-in via the comment section, if you think it is a viral marketing campaign or not.
Personally, I think that the internet rumor about the viral marketing campaign is as ridiculous as the “disappearing village in China” rumor (proven to be false, but still making the rounds on blogs). The China rumor was created via the wild imagination of a string of bloggers, based on a single sentence from the signature of another blogger.
I don’t think it is possible that these guys, on an extremely limited budget (and facing legal woes), could pull something off like that.
In the meantime, evidence is being weighed in a legal battle between the makers of two UFO movies to find the truth. As far as the “viral marketing campaign” for Skyline, what evidence is there to support this idea?
The only thing evident to me is that a blogger with a wild imagination came up with the viral marketing rumor, which has sadly gone viral in itself.