1st trailer for Last Days on Mars feels like Alien on speed

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Sep 13, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT (Updated)

One of these days there will be a happy story about the Red Planet, but not today.

Director Ruairi Robinson was supposed to be the one to make the U.S. remake of Japanese classic Akira. That did not happen. Instead, he wound up making Last Days on Mars, and, judging by this first trailer, he's probably better off.

The film stars Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams, among a host of others, so it's got a nice little genre pedigree. We like the fast-paced zombies-in-space potential it's showing off in the trailer. The story, which seems to involve a group of astronauts wrapping up a mission to Mars, is missing only one added set of stakes -- the chance that this unknown infection affecting the crew could get back to Earth. But we imagine they'll find a way to fit that in somewhere.

Last Days on Mars is due in U.K. theaters on Sept. 19.

(via Bleeding Cool)