On Friday, I'll be moderating a panel for a Universal SF film that was, until last week, completely off my radar, and I'm willing to bet off your radar as well.

The Brothers Strause have made one film before, and when I walked into the room with them last week to see some of what we'll all be checking out for the first time on Friday, I was curious to see who they really are as filmmakers.  I've been through the process at 20th Century Fox, so I have a hard time holding a film like "Alien Vs Predators: Requiem" against anyone in particular.

With "Skyline," we're going to see who they are, and so far, it looks like they are geeks unleashed, guys who own their own cameras and their own FX house and their own equipment for post, and they finally realized, "Why aren't we making the films we want to see right now?"

Here's what I'm allowed to tell you so far:

In the sci-fi thriller Skyline, strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.

Skyline is directed and produced by the Brothers Strause (Alien vs. Predator: Requiem), whose company Hydraulx has provided visual effects for Avatar, Iron Man 2, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 300.
 
Genre: Sci-fi thriller
Directed by: Colin & Greg Strause
Written by: Joshua Cordes and Liam O’Donnell
Produced by: Colin Strause, Greg Strause, Kristian James Andresen, Liam O’Donnell
Executive Producers: Brett Ratner, Ryan Kavanaugh
 
Okay.  So they're playing things sort of close to the vest there.
 
But I've seen things.  And I mean... things.
 
And this Friday, you can, too.  Here's how:
 
12:00-1:00

Skyline - Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, and Rogue Pictures present an exclusive look at the sci-fi thriller Skyline, directed and produced by the Brothers Strause (Alien vs. Predator: Requiem), whose company Hydraulx has provided visual effects for Avatar, Iron Man 2, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and 300. In Skyline, strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame, where an extraterrestrial force proceeds to swallow the entire human population off the face of the earth. Colin and Greg Strause unveil an exclusive Comic-Con trailer and scenes from Skyline, along with stars Donald Faison (Scrubs), Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 24), David Zayas (The Expendables, Dexter), Scottie Thompson (Star Trek), and Brittany Daniel (Club Dread). HitFix's Drew McWeeny moderates. Hall H
 
Now... I've got a sneak preview exclusive image for the film for you.
 
Imagine waking up to this one hazy Los Angeles morning...
 

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"Skyline" is in theaters later this year, and in Hall H tomorrow.  See you there.
 
[Editor's note: Check out a set visit for "Skyline" with some behind-the-scenes images here.]
 

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