There's an entire subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that is less focused on the otherworldy elements of its story, but rather on what the supernatural or unexplained can do to an individual.
For instance, Stephen King's The Stand isn't about a deadly virus; rather, it's about what the collapse of society does to humanity's psyche. The sci-fi element is a means to kick off the story, but it doesn't consume the story. HBO's The Leftovers does the same thing with the sudden disappearance of 140 million people around the globe. It certainly kicks things off, but the rest of the show isn't about getting answers, it's more about following ordinary people through an extraordinary time.
This subgenre, which one could call "covert sciene fiction," can be applied to Reed Morano's upcoming I Think We're Alone Now. Set after the end of the world, the film follows Del, played by Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones). As a recluse, he's quite happy in the empty town in which he resides, a place he's turned into his own personal utopia.
His entire existence is turned upside down upon the appearance of the mysterious Grace (Elle Fanning). Fine, so humanity's not all gone, but Del doesn't really want her to stay; he was loneliest when the town was still populated.
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Morano is well suited to the post-apocalyptic setting, thanks to her time spent directing three episodes of the dystopian Handmaid's Tale for Hulu.
According to IMDb, Paul Giamatti and Charlotte Gainsbourg will also have roles, but at this point, it's hard to tell how big they'll be. Nevertheless, having such a small cast allows for the actors' performances to really carry the movie without the need for impressive special effects. Indeed, the complex relationship between Del and Grace could end up nabbing Dinklage and Fanning some award nominations.
As for the title, it's obviously a reference to the fact that these two people are very much alone. Those who know their music history might also associate the title with the 1967 song of the same name by Tommy James and the Shondells. Given the upbeat nature of the song, it adds a dimension of dark humor, should the two have any relation.
I Think We're Alone Now gets a limited release in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 14, before being released everywhere Sept. 21.