According to the L.A. Times' Hero Complex blog, Jodie Foster is planning to follow up 'The Beaver' with an untitled sci-fi thriller that currently boasts no identifiable writer or plot. So yes, this is vague news at best, but there's one simple reason this news excites us (well, at least me): the star of 'Contact' appears to be cycling back towards science fiction. From Hero Complex:
"There's a family element to it, but it's much more a genre movie," Foster said in an interview after "The Beaver" premiere in Austin, Texas. "I'd like to do that 'cause that's a world I live in as an actor but I've never really gone to as a director. I'd still have to have all the other stuff in a film. It can't just be, 'There's a bad guy, there's a monster.' It has to have all the other stuff too."
Even if you don't love Robert Zemeckis's film as much as some of us around these parts do (OK, me), there's an air of confidence Foster brings to all her roles (be they in front of or behind the camera) and it's that special reserve that the sci-fi genre has been lacking of late. Most sci-fi movies nowadays are filled with whatever chaos is going to deliver the most visual bang for your buck, but if there's one thing that's clear about Foster's career, it's that she doesn't go in for blockbuster chaos. The sci-fi (and fantasy) projects she's been attached to in the past have all had a very grounded approach to them, an approach that may not lead to box office gold but almost always equates to a noteworthy entry to the genre (even her 'Tales From the Darkside' episode is refreshing).
So, yeah, we may not know anything about this untitled sci-fi thriller at this point, but her involvement alone should be enough to intrigue any die-hard sci-fi fans. Of course, the project may never even come together, but if it doesn't, at least Foster fans can relax knowing that she hasn't left the genre entirely: She'll soon be seen in 'District 9' director Neill Blomkamp's next film, 'Elysium.'