Woody Allen is fitted for a new suit by robot Jewish tailors. Ginsberg & Cohen, Computerized Fittings, Since 2073. From 'Sleeper'
When Bill Platt pitched his action-oriented "Darklight" TV movie two years ago, he hoped to create a new genre: "Chai-Fi."
The 32-year-old filmmaker intended the project -- inspired by the Jewish "demoness" Lilith -- to merge his heritage with his sci-fi obsession.
"I wondered if I could make Jewish legend fun for audiences who liked 'The Matrix,' he said. "And I wanted to see if I could create my own Jewish superhero."
In 1956's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," a mannequin-like figure mysteriously appears on a billiards table, a half-formed thing without hair, face or fingerprints. Meanwhile, a woman insists that her uncle isn't her uncle, but an imposter who looks just like him; husbands say the same of their wives and children of their parents.
Debut filmmaker Darren Aronofsky manages to sound incredulous about the Jewish sci-fi flick that has made him a star. "You don't think God, math and bad-ass Jews makes for a Hollywood movie?" he quips of "PI," which won the director's prize at Sundance and a $1 million distribution deal.