Los Angeles – If the mainstream news is to be believed, the end may soon be near. NASA nervously photographed unprecedented solar winds mere days ago, and this weekend alarmed scientists observed a 12 mile tall dust devil on Mars and discovered a ring of comets around a nearby star! The ancient Mayans predicted that the end of the world would befall us December 21st, 2012, but one just has to wonder – what would happen if Armageddon were to arrive a few months ahead of schedule? And more importantly, what would you do if you found out you only had mere days to live?

These are the questions posed by Countdown, Brad Armstrong’s upcoming end-of-the-world blockbuster for Wicked Pictures. And now, thanks to a new promotional contest, a short answer to those questions will give one lucky fan a chance to experience a celestial event firsthand with members of the Countdown cast in person May 20, 2012, when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun to create a partial eclipse.

Armstrong’s movie follows several couples as they learn that an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth and may well end all life on the planet. With this concept in mind, fans are asked to write a short, one hundred word treatment or outline for a potential  Countdown sequel. Does humanity perish or survive? What of those who make it to underground bunkers in time? Fans are invited to let their imaginations run wild and then submit their outlines to countdown@wickedpictures.com.

The contest’s winner will be announced in early May. In addition to having their treatment considered for possible future production by Wicked, the winner will be flown to Los Angeles the weekend of May 20, 2012 to enjoy an afternoon at the iconic Griffith Observatory with director Armstrong and Wicked Girl™ jessica drake. A meal at Wolfgang Puck’s Café at the End of the Universe will be followed by a live viewing of the eclipse in real time via Griffith’s formidable array of coelostat and solar telescopes.

In addition to being one of the premier public observatories in the world, Griffith Observatory is also a popular science fiction filming location. From Star Trek: Voyager and The Rocketeer to such modern hits as Transformers and Terminator: Salvation, the iconic facility has served as a hub of sci-fi activity for over half a century.

The Countdown contest is now open; fans may submit entries (one per person) until midnight, April 28, 2012. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. All entrants must be 18 or older to qualify. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Offer only valid in the continental United States.