A second-generation blaxploitation director plans to tackle science fiction. Mario Van Peebles is writing and directing The Uniter, an epic about a political fugitive from the future who journeys back to our time to prevent an apocalypse in 2012. The time traveler aims to stop the disaster before it happens by training a 13-year-old to use his superpowers to unite "the warring factions of the world," says Variety.
Van Peebles says the film's influences include his travels in India and the fact that the Aztec calendar ends in 2012. (Expect a rash of dumb apoca-books in 2011.) The Uniter will probably be insanely cheesy, but in a good way. After all, it's the work of a man who gave up his job as an economic analyst for Mayor Ed Koch to follow in the footsteps of his dad, who directed Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. Cool apocalpytic image by brndnprkns.
Van Peebles set for sci-fi directing [Variety]