Supernova (* Ĺ) Ė If thereís a bad movie crying out for a directorís cut on DVD, it has to be Supernova. If for no other reason then to just get an idea of what the original concept for this film was. In fact thatís the most intriguing thing about the film is that somewhere lurking under the surface was the original plot. As it stands now, Supernova plays like a choppy sci-fi film that pops up directly on your local video store shelf.The production history has been the subject of recent infamy. It began in 1998 with Walter Hill, who directed 48 Hrs., Extreme Prejudice and The Warriors, and co-wrote the original Alien, at the helm. Creative differences, yadda, yadda, yadda and Hill leaves the film, apparently in disarray. None other than Francis Ford Coppola is called in to help with the editing and apparently did whatever he could with it, which isnít much. The film starts off with some nice cynical looks at the future with violent cartoons being banned and forms which must be filled out in order to have a baby, but deteriorates into basically a serial killer T-1000 in space movie. This is a smaller all-name cast and nobody gets to do much of anything but screw each other (literally and figuratively) and for a PG-13 film, I was utterly surprised at how much nudity (male and female) there was in the film. James Spader plays James Spader and Angela Bassett gets to scowl as usual. Robin Tunney does a quarter of the cast and Lou Diamond Phillips starts out with gray hair streaks, grows younger through contact with an alien bomb, and then has no gray hair. And poor Robert Forster (who at the time of principal photography had just been nominated for an Oscar for his terrific turn in Jackie Brown) doesnít even survive the first reel. And being a childhood fan of The Black Hole, that was most disappointing. Even the motives of the villain are unclear. Heís a bad guy to begin with, but is he protecting the alien lifeforce because it has possessed him? Is he just worried about not making money on it? Does he just want to keep getting younger?Supernova will have you so baffled that by the time the final credits appear, youíll be wondering what exactly happened to the universe? Did anything happen? Who won? Do you care? I didnít, but Iíll still be curious to see a directorís cut DVD.