10 Films Which Accidentally Predicted The Future

Surely it can't be a coincidence...

Birdman Michael Keaton
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Films, particularly sci-fi films, love to make bold attempts to predict the future of humanity. Look no further than Back to the Future Part II's hoverboards, Blade Runner's looming billboards as far as the eye can see or the terrifying piece of artificial intelligence known as HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey which attempts to kill its creators.

However, sometimes a film will stumble across a random image, a throw away idea or a storyline so outrageous that not even the director could have predicted it would amount to anything let alone predict the future.

A movie predicting the future can come in different forms, be it a strange coincidence which coincides with the year of its release, or a major detail which becomes relevant further down the line. These examples might end up being fake movies within movies that actually end up being greenlit by Hollywood, or major world events being eerily reflected in fictional stories.

Or, it could be something much sillier.

Either way, all of the following films managed to - albeit accidentally - predict the future.

10. Peter Capaldi Is A WHO Doctor - World War Z

Birdman Michael Keaton

The summer that Brad Pitt's zombie movie, World War Z, was released into cinemas was an eventful time for Peter Capaldi. Not only was he starring in a gigantic Hollywood blockbuster playing the small but vital role of World Health Organisation (WHO) Doctor, but it was revealed months after this film dropped into cinemas that he would be playing the latest incarnation of the beloved Time Lord.

WHO Doctor... Doctor Who. Surely a coincidence? Well, no one quite knows. World War Z initially finished filming in November 2011 when Matt Smith was still in the middle of his reign as the Doctor. However, after having to reshoot the entire third act of the film - originally conceived as a big battle but then scaled down to take place in a lab - Capldi was cast as a WHO Doctor around the time he was being eyed for Doctor Who.

To this day it is unknown whether it was a complete coincidence he played a character called WHO Doctor before boarding the TARDIS or if someone on the World War Z production had prior knowledge of the casting and billed Capldi as 'WHO Doctor' as a cheeky clue.


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