Back in 2004, an eerie photo account by dark-haired "Elena" of her motorcycle ride through the radioactive wasteland ignited the internet. Updated later, the account may have been fictional or staged by Lena Filatova of Kiev; a tour group insisted that the woman attended an official closed car tour some weeks after her posting. Why was it so popular? "It's a post-apocalyptic adventure story," responded sci-fi author Bruce Sterling via email. "Very 'Mad Max.'" Well, Peli and Parker are moving on from there.
Warner Bros. releases the film May 25.