In September 2020, Adam Driver was first announced by Deadline as the lead for a new sci-fi thriller called “65.” The film, to be written and directed by “A Quiet Place” writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, was also set to be produced by Sam Raimi’s Rami Productions. This marks a reunion for Beck and Woods with Raimi, as they previously wrote for Raimi’s Quibi series, “50 States of Fright.” While at one point Deadline reported that the film would be out by Spring 2022, pitting it against the second weekend of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” THR later reported that the movie had gotten pushed back to April 2023.
In an interview with Discussing Film, Woods explained what it was like for him and Beck to work with Sam Raimi. “Yeah we had such a good experience working with Sam on 50 States that he was one of the first people we brought the project to,” Woods explained. “We were hoping he would dig it, but we weren’t entirely sure. And we’re grateful to learn that he and his team really fell in love with the project and they really shepherded the project the whole way. He really took us under his wing and really helped us. He actually gave us the resources to build out this elaborate directing presentation when we took the project out to sell to studios and did everything he could to put us in the best place possible with the project.”
The film’s new trailer dropped after years of tight lips kept the plot under wraps, and now fans are really excited about the upcoming film.
In the trailer for “65,” Adam Driver plays a pilot in the future who finds himself stranded on what he thinks is a deserted planet, only to find out that he’s somehow traveled back in time to the age of the dinosaurs on Earth. The trailer was an instant hit with fans, who had plenty of positive things to say about the trailer. On Reddit, u/In_My_Own_Image wrote “Honestly, I’m always down for something this cheesy and ridiculous. Kinda reminds of [sic] Outlander with Jim Caviezel, and that movie was a solid creature feature.” Similarly, others in the thread were excited by the action sci-fi premise, and u/degreelesspotatohead wrote “I can see the pitch meeting now: ‘ … but what if it wasn’t an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. What if it was ADAM DRIVER.’ ‘Sold.”’
Meanwhile, much of the discussion on Twitter revolved around the design for the dinosaurs, which many people took issue with. One user, @Aksolotl131 tweeted “As always, uncreative designs either copied from jurassic world or some old toys, nothing original, just generic movie monsters that don’t even look like dinosaurs.” Another user, @Musketeer1954, also thought the designs looked too much like the dinosaurs from “Jurassic Park,” while @arvalis simply said that the dinosaurs looked like a design from 1998. It’s hardly unheard of for a movie to rework its designs based on fan response to a trailer, so maybe they’ll switch some of the designs, but the general consensus seems pretty pumped to watch an Adam Driver dino-killing machine.