Trailer for EMPIRES OF THE DEEP or “How to Throw Away $130 Million”

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A trailer for the Chinese-American co-production Empires of the Deep has gone online.  I was completely unfamiliar with the project, but Twitch did a good job catching me up.  The project was originally set to star Monica Bellucci, be directed by Pitof (Catwoman), and produced by the late Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back).  They all quickly fled the project, leaving Jonathan Lawrence and then Michael French to direct, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) replacing Bellucci, and no one to produce.  And if you’re wondering what a real producer does, it’s the person who works hard to prevent delays and budget overruns.  Guess what happened on Empires of the Deep.  Partially financed by Chinese real estate tycoon Jon Jiang, who also wrote the script, the project has reportedly ended up costing $130 million.  And the result?  A movie that looks like crappy underwater Avatar or a gritty live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Via Twitch.

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  • AHS

    Hahahaha
    Please tell me that that was a fake trailer. ;-)

  • daveyboy

    This looked like a video in a Playstation 1 video game. The videos in Final Fantasy games look a million times better than this.

    • AS

      Just thinking that. Thought they were cut scenes from a video game or a trailer for Syfy channel’s latest movie.
      If we can get some skin from Olga, be glad to watch on Netflix for a few minutes.

  • Sean

    Everything about the trailer and the movie looks incredibly terrible.

  • cnrd

    oh boy .. i actually feel sad for this jon jiang guy .. awful

  • Oskars

    until the cgi shots it wisually as theatrical as Thor space scenes, and all of Awengers, but where all out cgi effects kicked in it looked look wise horrid, but as a concept quite cool.

  • Matt

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? That crap looks AWESOME! I mean, it’s gonna flop like crazy, but it looks like an updated version of MYSTERIOUS ISLAND only with cooler CGI! Total renter!

  • fafa

    I have so many questions…
    What scenes were underwater? (I could distinguish)
    Are they going for the off-off-broadway-play look?
    Do they really need stairs underwater? (again, if that was underwater)
    Did I see a giant walking angler fish?
    Pitof didn’t make this movie?
    My eyes must feast on more of this travesty…

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    Could be fun! I love Olga.

  • alk

    looks like art direction and production design had a lot of fun. i love the way the costumes and makeup look. too bad about the crap cgi and blockbuster ambitions…

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  • mattedscreen

    I think I played that game on my Sega CD 15 years ago

  • Templeton

    Oh cool, John Carter Goes Fishing

  • Chinese Girl

    What a pity, this project should be a big-budget movie or handle by majo studios.

  • Wiz

    130 million?! wtf did they spend the money on? This CGI is shit! Haven’t such a bad trailer in a while!! It looks like a movie that guy that makes the Bloodrayne movies Uwe Boll. This is horrible!!!

  • wes

    WOW…..

  • alx

    What!? Ava_Retard…

  • Dave Trumbore

    There are no fingerprints
    Deep under water
    Nothing to tie one to a crime
    And if you seek vengeance
    All you need are instruments of pain

    You need your:

    Knives? Check.
    Rope? Check.
    Dagger? Check.
    Chains? Check.
    Locks? Check.
    Laser Beams? Check.
    Acid? Check.
    Body Bag? Check.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    Wtf was that. It was almost like the equivalent of someone taking a crap into my eyes.

    • dogg

      Hey, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

      • Enigmatic

        You let someone crap in your eyes?

  • Kevin

    Studios want to waste money on this? Be my guest. It’s theirs. But there’s one thing that really bothers me … No, like really bothers me.

    DON’T USE HOWARD SHORE’S SCORE FOR THE LORD OF THE RINGS TO DESPERATELY ADD SOME ‘EPICNESS’

  • Anonymous

    That was the worst trailer ive ever seen. Not only that, the poster looks horrible too!

  • David

    Wonder how soon this will end up on Syfy?

  • josh

    Sweet video game! I would totally borrow that from a friend after he played it …

  • Grayden

    Never before have I ever actually laughed at a trailer for a movie that was intended to be serious. I didn’t even laugh at Delgo. That is how bad this looks. I feel bad for Olga…

  • Larkin

    Well, I hope that Olga made got a $129 million paycheck for this… for two reasons: It looks like it’s worth about $1 million in effects and her career is also dead after this.

  • JO

    Could it really be? Is this really happening? A movie that will surpass Battlefield Earth as the worst movie of all time? By the looks of this, this could very well come into fruition. Shocking.

  • sense 11

    So glad I’m stoned right now, that was Avatarded

  • tim

    ahhh, cgi done in china without a decent producer/ art director. We might be outsourcing a lot to india and the far east, but it only works when there is someone with extensive technical / creative chops overseeing it. Otherwise you get $100 mil of stroby, poorly lit, badly textured, questionably animated, horribly comped rubbish.

  • Eric Nixon

    Normally, I see Mr. Goldberg’s particular brand of reporting and pay it no mind. This time, however? I think Matt’s being kind.

  • J.R.

    WHAT???? this is preview right?

  • yurine

    That text in the preview was awful and the graphics looked liked a lower budget sy-fy channel movie.
    I feel bad for Olga Kurylenko

  • Eddie

    This is a green band trailer for a porno parody right?

  • Bryn

    Craaab People, Craaaab People – THE MOVIE!

  • me

    It’s obvious this Real estate tycoon saw the BILLION Avatar made and thought it was so easy that with no experience or any idea how to make a movie, that he could write a script and make a Billion too. Unfortunately for him this looks like a Sci Fi weekend movie.

    I laughed at loud when I saw that movie poster above, they couldn’t get an artist to show the EPIC-NESS of the movie so they are selling this actress nobody knows?

  • me

    It\’s obvious this Real estate tycoon saw the BILLION Avatar made and thought it was so easy that with no experience or any idea how to make a movie, that he could write a script and make a Billion too. Unfortunately for him this looks like a Sci Fi weekend movie.

    I laughed out loud when I saw that movie poster above, they couldn\’t get an artist to show the EPIC-NESS of the movie so they are selling this actress nobody knows?

  • brosephqballs

    Matt, leave the editorializing out of the damn TITLE at least

    • sneerfulturdly

      No shit. He is the worst.

  • JP

    Quick, somebody replace that music with the Spongebob Squarepants theme!!

  • JP

    Dammit i swear I saw freakin mermen……WHY???

  • Funwoody

    This looks terrible, would make a great idea for a movie if someone like James Cameron or Joss Whedon made it… Micheal French???? who the heck is he, and also Olga Kuryenko… good looking but leading actress forget about it

  • Raiden

    Trolls? With all the bashing I’m seeing for this trailer, I was expecting 8-bit CGI and tear inducing boredom. Personally, I thought the actual trailer was kind of meh, but the movie could still be okay. It might even be good? Granted, it could even be complete crap, but the analysis I’m seeing so far for this trailer is pretty poor IMO.

  • T.

    Considering that all hollywood puts out these days is mostly plotless big budget special effects extravaganzas, even as unpolished as this looks, if it has a decent plotline it could be alright. At least it’s an attemp at a new location! How many times have we seen the same sorry plots in the same tired locations?

  • Bridge cool

    Underwater Avatar. Sound like fun.

  • sense 11

    Is this a Michael Bay movie?

  • The Dude

    Couldn’t get through more than 30 seconds, man. Dude doesn’t abide.

  • skinny81

    Little mermaid meets 300 meets every movie Uwe Boll ever made…

  • DT

    Listen, being obsessed with Aquaman, Atlantis and all things underwater I will certainly see this piece of crap, one way or the other.

    Maybe a good thing to come out of it will be the knowledge of what NOT to do for a real underwater epic.

    Listen, he tried.

  • Charly

    well i guess that this crap could be a lot worse if that guy from catwoman directed it…

  • terry

    Hollywood by the way has a 90% failure rate. So I’m not surprised about the trash we just saw.

  • Tommy

    Sebastian, you goddamn liar.

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