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Back in February, it was confirmed that 20th Century Fox is moving forward with Alien 5, which has Neill Blomkamp set to direct and Ridley Scott producing. Unfortunately, we reported last month that Alien 5 has been put on hold indefinitely, so the studio and Ridley Scott can focus on making a sequel to Prometheus, now entitled Alien: Covenant. We first heard about Alien 5 in January, when Neill Blomkamp shared concept art illustrations that featured Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks from the 1986 sequel Aliens, with Michael Biehn revealing himself in March that he may come back as Hicks. The actor recently spoke with Icons of Fright, where he revealed that Alien 5 will feature an adult version of Newt, played by Carrie Henn in Aliens.
"I think when they put that out there and have pictures with me as Hicks again, people were excited and though I'm not into online stuff much, »
Last month came word that Neill Blomkamp's direct sequel to "Aliens" had been put on hold by 20th Century Fox due to the pending production of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Covenant" which starts filming in Australia in February.
Scott, an executive producer on Blomkamp's project, is rumored to have been the one behind the decision to put the rival project on hold - to both Blomkamp and Fox's chagrin. Along with Sigourney Weaver, actor Michael Biehn was tipped to be returning for the film which would see him reprise the role of Cpl. Dwayne Hicks from the 1986 classic.
The veteran actor recently spoke with Icons of Fright about the film, which seems to be indefinitely shelved at this point, and revealed that the new film would've dealt with not just his return but that of Newt with a late twentysomething actress being sought for the part:
- Garth Franklin
The only battle bigger than the one between humans and xenomorphs is the one between the films about humans and xenomorphs. Both Ridley Scott and Neill Blomkamp were working on their own films set in the Alien world. At this point it looks like Blomkamp.s movie is essentially dead until Scott is done making Prometheus 2 however, actor Michael Biehn just gave us some insight about what that movie was going to be about and it turns out it was going to focus on a familiar character, but not Ripley. In a recent interview, Biehn says that Blomkamp.s film would bring back two characters familiar to fans of James Cameron.s Aliens, his own Corporal Hicks and a grown-up Newt. From what Biehn tells Icons Of Fright, it sounds like the film would put Newt in the lead, allowing her to potentially take over the franchise from Sigourney Weaver. »
Back at the start of the year, it was announced that Neill Blomkamp (Chappie) would be directing a fifth instalment of the Alien franchise, which would see the return of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, along with Corporal Hicks, who was played by Michael Biehn in 1986’s Aliens.
However, last month it was revealed that Fox has put the project on hold due to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant, which is set to start production in February ahead of October 2017 release. Still, Biehn remains hopeful that Alien 5 will see the light of day, with the actor speaking about the project to Icons on Fright this past week.
“They’re talking about doing another Aliens movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney Weaver has come out and announced ,” states Biehn. “The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamp’s site, »
- Gary Collinson
For all the promise and budding potential it once showed, Neill Blomkamp’s vision for Alien 5 has effectively been shelved in order to clear a path for Ridley Scott’s upcoming sequel Alien: Covenant, which is now on course for a release in late 2017.
Couple this with the fact that Blomkamp himself has, at least for the time being, moved on to work on Fox’s adaptation of The Gone World and it would seem that we won’t be seeing the director’s dream project anytime soon – if at all. But perhaps in a reaction to this news, we’re beginning to learn more and more about Blomkamp’s pitch for the quasi-sequel, which would have subtly written off both Alien 3 and Alien 4.
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That’s according to Corporal Hicks himself, Michael Biehn, who spoke to Icons of Fright recently about the approach the »
- Michael Briers
The Alien movie universe is in a strange state of flux. Ridley Scott is pressing ahead with his Prometheus sequel, now called Alien: Covenant and scheduled for release in 2017. Director Neill Blomkamp's proposed sequel to Aliens, which would bring back Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn as Ripley and Hicks, is "kinda holding" to avoid clashing with Scott's own Alien movie.
With Alien: Covenant taking precedence, and Scott planning further movies in that particular franchise strand, it doesn't sound like great news for Blomkamp's pet project. But Alien 5 is far from dead, at least according to Michael Biehn, who's been talking to Icons Of Fright about the sequel and his other work.
"I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first," Biehn said, »
Producers didn't want to make it. Many fans were outraged by it. To this day, David Fincher won't talk about it. Released in 1992, Alien 3 was a violent and some would say disappointing contrast to James Cameron's triumphant, Reagan-era Aliens.
Where Aliens formed the near-perfect chapter to Alien, reintroducing Sigourney Weaver's Ripley as an emotionally wounded survivor who faces down her inner demons, Alien 3 served as a mercilessly downbeat coda. The treasures that Ripley managed to snatch away from the loathsome aliens at the end of the 1986 sequel - a surrogate daughter in Newt, a faithful partner in Hicks - were eliminated during Alien 3's opening credits. Ripley the triumphant victor was recast as a lonely warrior at the end of her journey. »
After starring in a string of hit horror films in the late '70s and early '80s, Jamie Lee Curtis broke out of the "genre" mold with turns in such hit comedies as "Trading Places" and "A Fish Called Wanda" and James Cameron's big-budget 1994 actioner "True Lies." And yet her reputation as a "scream queen" has stubbornly held; indeed, her most famous role arguably remains Laurie Strode, the bookish target of white-masked killer Michael Myers in John Carpenter's seminal 1978 slasher "Halloween." Still, even as she remains best known for playing a victim, Curtis has proven herself a force of nature both onscreen and in her public life. As the actress turns 57 today, we pay tribute to her fearless (fearsome) reputation. Here are seven times this leggy screen icon scared the hell out of us. 1. The time she gave this brittle "Halloween: H20" red carpet interview. Jlc suffers no fools. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our (semi) regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including Halo: The Fall of Reach, How To Be Single, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Dragon Blade, Now You See Me 2, Dirty Grandpa, The Boss, Sisters, and A Monster Calls.
Halo: The Fall of Reach
Relive the origins of the Halo universe, the Spartan II program and the legendary Master Chief in this stunning animated version of one of Halo’s most beloved stories. Kidnapped in childhood and conscripted into a brutal program of military training and physical augmentation, the Spartans were designed to be the ultimate weapon in a fight against chaos and insurgency – but when a dangerous alien alliance known as the Covenant declares war on mankind, the Spartans might be our only hope.
- Phil Wheat
Here’s the trailer for A Monster Call, the new movie from The Impossible director J.A. Bayona. It stars Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver & Felicity Jones and is set for release in the UK October 2016. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments. A visually spectacular drama from
- David Sztypuljak
After a string of action-packed hits, Liam Neeson is entering the fantasy realm by providing the voice of a massive creature in Focus Features' A Monster Calls. The studio has released the first trailer for this adaptation of Patrick Ness' beloved novel, which doesn't give us a great look at this title character, but we do get to hear Liam Neeson providing the voice. The studio has also released the first photo, featuring Lewis MacDougall as young Conor.
A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible), based on the award-winning children's fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. The cast also includes Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson, who will »
12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.
Written by Patrick Ness, based on his novel A Monster Calls, the cast also includes Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson, who will star in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting monster of the title, and Sigourney Weaver, who will portray Conor’s maternal grandmother; Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), as Conor’s father
- Michelle McCue
A new teaser trailer has debuted for director J.A. Bayona’s upcoming fantasy drama A Monster Calls, which is based on Patrick Ness’ award winning children’s novel of the same name and stars Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Lewis MacDougall. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.
A Monster Calls is set for release on October 14th, 2016 in the States.
- Amie Cranswick
We have come to expect several things from director Juan Antonio Bayona, thanks to a lengthy filmography that includes The Orphanage and The Impossible. First, there is the sumptuous visual style – rich, earthy tones, juxtaposed with stark, bleak settings. Second, and most affecting, is the immediacy of the connection with the audience – the viewer being taken by the hand and lured into a whirlpool of deepening emotion. These are the aspects of storytelling at which Bayona excels, and these are the aspects that leap from the new trailer for his latest film, A Monster Calls.
Author Patrick Ness adapts his own book here, which gives us cause for relief – such a powerful tale could easily have the energy massaged out of it by a less invested screenwriter. Instead, as we can see from this preview footage, that energy is still very much a part of the film, and is conveyed »
- Sarah Myles
Based on the acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness (based on an idea from Siobhan Dowd), A Monster Calls is now making its way to the big screen, courtesty of director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) and a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, newcomer Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson as the titular monster. It's got the look and feel of a dark coming-of-age... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
"One day the invisible man couldn't stand it anymore..." Focus Features has unveiled a must see teaser trailer for the new film from J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) called A Monster Calls, about a boy dealing with bullying by "escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales". The boy is played by Lewis MacDougall, but the cast list also shows Liam Neeson is playing The Monster seen at the end of the teaser. It also features Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, and Felicity Jones as his Mum. This is a very gorgeous teaser, and it doesn't show much, but it almost has a very dark Where the Wild Things Are feel. Also - note the wonderful use of the score from Cloud Atlas in this trailer. I want to see this. Here's the first teaser trailer for Juan Antonio Bayona's A Monster Calls, direct from Focus' YouTube: »
- Alex Billington
Based on the popular children’s book, A Monster Calls is about the 12-year-old Conor who attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) terminal illness and the bullying he faces at the hands of his classmates by escaping into a fantasy world of monsters and fairy tales which explore themes of courage, loss, and faith.
Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the teaser for A Monster Calls is narrated by Neeson, who plays the titular monster. It’s a brief look at the dark fantastical wonders to come in the film, which also stars Sigourney Weaver as Conor’s grandmother.
You’ll have to wait to get a full look at Neeson’s Tree Monster since the teaser keeps his full form a secret. We »
- Rachel West
Although Halloween just happened, it's already time to look ahead to next October's theatrical releases, such as Juan Antonio Bayona's (The Orphanage, the upcoming World War Z sequel) new dark fantasy, A Monster Calls. Featuring an impressive cast including Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls is teased in its first trailer.
"A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith."
Directed by Bayona from a screenplay by Patrick Ness (based on his novel of the same name), A Monster Calls stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver. Focus Features has slated A Monster Calls for an October 14th, »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Felicity Jones Answers 'A Monster Calls,' Emily Browning Joins Tom Hardy in 'Legend' & More In his previous features "The Orphanage" and "The Impossible," Juan Antonio Bayona has proven his affinity for suspense through impressive visual work, and that success looks to strike again in his latest, "A Monster Calls." The film stars Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones and newcomer Lewis MacDougall in the lead role of Conor, a 12-year-old boy who escapes the harsh realities of his life -- his mother is ill and he is bullied by his classmates -- by entering a fantastical world full of monsters and fairy tales. The movie is based on an award-winning children's novel by Patrick Ness, and the trailer suggests a film akin to the director's previous works thanks to its suspenseful building of tension and its relatable use of child actors. Check out the teaser trailer above, »
- Elle Leonsis
The film is based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness. The film follows 12-year-old Conor’s (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.
Check out the A Monster Calls trailer below, followed by the detailed synopsis of the source novel. »
- Paul Heath
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