Thomas Dunn had always dreamed of being the hero, but life hadn’t given him the chance. That is until Tom learns that something terrible is coming to Earth and that he holds the key to the future of mankind…
This is the premise of what is being described as “the biggest indie sci-fi movie of all time” in Simon Cox’s directorial debut Invasion Planet Earth.
It was back in 1999 that writer/director Simon Cox, decided to start his Star Wars/War of the Worlds-inspired science fiction movie, originally called, Kaleidoscope Man. The first draft of the script was finished in 2003 and from then on, he embarked on an epic journey to get the script financed and the movie made. Matt Allsopp, whose credits include Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, provided original concept art.
It took two years and seven campaigns for Simon and his team to raise a significant amount of money which enabled them to shoot around a third of the movie. These included some spectacular scenes in Central Birmingham where at one point nine-hundred extras turned up to be blasted by aliens in an epic, War of the Worlds style battle scene. The film was finally finished in March 2019. Simon held four test screenings across the UK to gauge the audience reaction. It was at this stage that the film was renamed to a more fitting title – Invasion Planet Earth.
The cast includes Simon Haycock, Toyah Willcox, Lucy Drive, Julie Hoult, Danny Steele, Sophie Anderson, Ben Shockley, Michael Bott, Kate Davies, Julian Boote, Craig Rogers, Cameron Moon and Paul Lincoln.
The film soundtrack was scored and composed by Benjamin Symons. Alan Snelling (The Silence of The Lambs) was dubbing mixer for the film soundtrack and wrote and produced the film soundtrack end title song, Step Into the New World with Simon Cox. Vocals are performed by Toyah.
The film will receive a UK theatrical cinema release on 5 December across various cinemas. Visit the official movie website for screening details.
A digital/ DVD release on 30 December follows, available to pre-order now at Amazon.
The end title song Step Into the New World performed by Toyah is released digitally on Friday 8 November 2019.
Read an article about the film production at Deadline