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Neill Blomkamp Hints That His Alien Sequel Could Span More Than One Film

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Though Chappie released in theaters this week to middling reviews, the vast majority of media attention surrounding director Neill Blomkamp has been directed toward his involvement in 20th Century Fox’s as-yet-untitled Alien sequel.

Specifically, fans of the legendary sci-fi franchise have been chomping at the bit to learn more about Blomkamp’s ambitions, who will return and, perhaps most important of all, the tone that the filmmaker has driving for. For instance, will it adhere to Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 template of unadulterated, haunted-house-in-space-styled horror? Or will it strive to recreate the pulse-pounding action of James Cameron’s sequel? Alas, from what we understand, Blomkamp wants to strike a balance between both installments, which have a “weird, perfect unity.”

But according to a recent interview with Empire, the South African has revealed that, after meeting with franchise stalwart Sigourney Weaver, his vision may stretch beyond one film.

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Ridley Scott attached to produce Flashman movie for Fox

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Variety has learned Fox is developing a movie based on George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman book series, and Ridley Scott will produce the film through his Scott Free banner along with Chernin Entertainment. Sir Harry Paget Flashman first appeared in the 1857 Thomas Hughes novel Tom Brown's School Days, and the first Flashman book was published in 1969. The Flashman character is described as an antihero and a coward who runs away at the first sign of danger, but he somehow »

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'Alien 5' Will Break New Ground Says Sigourney Weaver

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As the press tour for Chappie winds down, before the sci-fi thriller hits theaters tomorrow, March 6, Sigourney Weaver shared her thoughts once again about her possible next collaboration with director Neill Blomkamp, Alien 5. After posting a series of Instagram photos in January, without 20th Century Fox's knowledge, this project went from a pipe dream to a reality, with 20th Century Fox now developing the sequel with Neill Blomkamp set to direct and original Alien director Ridley Scott producing. During the red carpet premiere for Chappie, Sigourney Weaver revealed that she thinks Neill Blomkamp will 'break new ground' with this story.

"I can't think of a better director. He's a real fan. I think he'll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It's got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well. »

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Flashman movie in the works with Ridley Scott on board as producer

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A film version of Flashman is in the works at 20th Century Fox.

The Victorian character was created for Tom Brown's Schooldays, before author George MacDonald Fraser continued the adventures of the bully as Sir Harry Flashman - a cowardly soldier.

Variety reports that the studio is in the process of developing the feature with Ridley Scott's Scott Free and Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment.

The book series ran as 11 novels and one short story collection between 1969 and 2005.

Fraser himself was also a script writer, working on screenplays for The Three Musketeers, Octopussy and Red Sonja.

Flashman was previously seen on screen played by Malcolm McDowell in Royal Flash. »

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Sigourney Weaver Reveals How She Learned Neill Blomkamp Would Helm a New 'Alien' Film

5 March 2015 7:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

When news broke that Neil Blomkamp would write and direct a new Alien film — which will disregard the events of David Fincher's Alien 3 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection — longtime fans of Ripley, as represented in Ridley Scott's Alien and James Cameron's Aliens, rejoiced. Sigourney Weaver included. The actress who portrays Ripley said at the time, that she thinks Blomkamp is the right person to wrap up the saga: "I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story." Weaver told The

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Sigourney Weaver Promises Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Film Will ‘Break New Ground’

5 March 2015 6:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sigourney Weaver promises that the “Alien” franchise is in good hands with “District 9″ director Neill Blomkamp, and she’s looking forward to returning to her signature role of Ellen Ripley in a new installment in the science-fiction series.

“I can’t think of a better director,” Weaver told Variety at the New York City premiere of Blomkamp’s latest film, “Chappie.” “He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.”

Weaver appears in “Chappie,” a film about a police droid who is able to think and feel, as a ruthless weapons manufacturer. She said Blomkamp expressed his admiration for the first two films in her iconic sci-fi series, Ridley Scott’s »

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Alien Isolation footage previews original third-person viewpoint

5 March 2015 3:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Alien Isolation was originally envisioned as a third-person game, Creative Assembly has revealed.

Destructoid captured footage of the game being played in third-person during a Gdc conference hosted by creative director Alistair Hope.

Our Alien Isolation review: This time, everyone will hear you scream

The game was said to be inspired by the likes of Resident Evil 4 and Dead Space.

The video sees lead character Amanda Ripley hide behind crates and crawl through vents as she avoids the Xenomorph.

Alien Isolation, which is set 15 years after Ridley Scott's original movie, would eventually release as a first-person survival game.

It has sold more than 1 million copies and was nominated for six BAFTA awards. »

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Ridley Scott Plans "Flashman" Film

5 March 2015 2:12 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

20th Century Fox, Scott Free and Chernin Entertainment are developing "Flashman," an 1830s-set film based on George MacDonald Fraser's period novels.

Fraser published a dozen books, starting in 1969, featuring Sir Harry Paget Flashman. The character is described as an antihero who often runs from danger but usually winds up being acclaimed as a hero.

Ridley Scott and Peter Chernin will produce. Malcolm McDowell played a previous on-screen version of the character in 1975's "Royal Flash".

Source: Variety »

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'Flashman' Movie Adaptation Coming from Ridley Scott

5 March 2015 2:08 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Variety reports that Fox is set to develop a movie from the 1830s period novels, Flashman, based on George MacDonald Fraser's writings. Ridley Scott's Scott Free and Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment will develop the project.

The Flashman character appeared in a dozen of Fraser's novels and was portrayed by Malcolm McDowell in the 1975 film "Royal Flash." The character is an antihero who often runs from danger but usually winds up being acclaimed as a hero.

Presented within the frame of the supposedly discovered historical Flashman Papers, the book describes the bully Flashman from "Tom Brown's School Days." The book begins with an explanatory note saying that the Flashman Papers were discovered in 1965 during a sale of household furniture in Ashby, Leicestershire. The papers are attributed to Harry Paget Flashman, who is not only the bully featured in Thomas Hughes' novel, but also a well-known Victorian »

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‘Flashman’ Movie in the Works at Fox (Exclusive)

4 March 2015 6:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox is going back to the 1830s and is developing “Flashman,” a movie based on the period novels by George MacDonald Fraser and setting it up with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment.

The series was first published in 1969 and centers on Sir Harry Paget Flashman, who first appeared as the bully in the influential 1857 novel “Tom Brown’s School Days.” The Flashman character appeared in a dozen of Fraser’s novels and was portrayed by Malcolm McDowell in the 1975 film “Royal Flash.” The character is an antihero who often runs from danger but usually winds up being acclaimed as a hero.

Daria Cercek is overseeing the project for the studio.

Chernin is a producer on Fox’s Melissa McCarthy comedy “Spy,” directed by Paul Feig. Scott directed “The Martian,” which stars Matt Damon and opens Nov. 25.




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Ridley Scott Wants To Bring Flashman Back To Screens

4 March 2015 4:07 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The cad to end all cads, Sir Harry Paget Flashman, has already stepped once from the pages of George MacDonald Fraser’s work and on to the screen, in the shape of Malcolm McDowell in 1975’s Royal Flash. Ridley Scott thinks the character can still work in movies, as he’s teaming up with 20th Century Fox to develop a film around him.Flashman, who originally appeared in Thomas Hughes’ 1857 novel Tom Brown’s School Days was spun by Fraser into a lucrative series of 11 novels and a collection of short stories that together form The Flashman Papers. Alhough Flash himself was fictional, he rubbed shoulders (and occasionally other things) with many real-life historical people in the books, as his adventures take him through a variety of notable events including the Charge Of The Light Brigade and the Crimean War. Despite his cowardly tendencies and capacity for self-preservation, he’s a capable, »

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Tom Hooper And Eddie Redmayne’s The Danish Girl Secures Fall Release Date

4 March 2015 12:33 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Just weeks after Birdman won Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards, the would-be contenders for next year’s Oscars are taking shape, with David O. Russell’s Joy and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant both set for Christmas, and Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea opening earlier that month. Now, Les Miserables director Tom Hooper and current Best Actor Eddie Redmayne (for The Theory of Everything) have thrown their hats in the ring, with Focus Features and Working Title announcing today that biopic The Danish Girl will open over Thanksgiving weekend.

November 27th is the same corridor used by The Weinstein Company to launch eventual Best Picture winner The King’s Speech (also by Hooper) and this past season’s The Imitation Game, so it’s a rather savvy move for Focus and Working Title (which led Redmayne to gold for Theory) to get to the slot first. »

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What 'Blade Runner 2' Can Learn From Successful Sci-Fi Sequels

4 March 2015 12:30 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In case there was any doubt as to whether anything in this whole goddamn world was sacred, news that the long-mooted sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi touchpoint "Blade Runner" was actually moving ahead emerged last week to answer that with a resounding, "Yeah, no." In the days since, we have gone back and forth — hope is trying valiantly to trump experience — in regards whether this can possibly amount to anything good. First, we have the major boon that the directing reins have been handed to Denis Villeneuve, a truly original filmmaker whose last film, the eerie "Enemy," indicates his comfort with ambiguity, while the rain-washed aesthetic of his previous thriller, "Prisoners," and its tone of dread and fatalism are reminiscent of the original "Blade Runner" on a more surface level.  Moreover, we'll mostly glad it's anyone but Scott whose recent efforts — "Exodus: Gods and Kings," "The »

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"I don't feel like a sci-fi icon" Sigourney Weaver on Alien, Ghostbusters, Avatar

4 March 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ever since she faced down the slobbering Xenomorph in Ridley Scott's 1979 space horror Alien, Sigourney Weaver has been cemented as a science fiction icon in the minds of movie fans.

In the years since, she reprised her role as Alien's Ellen Ripley on three separate occasions, starred in a pair of Ghostbusters movies and featured in genre trailblazer Avatar (the highest grossing film of all time).

Weaver's CV is also full of many more great sci-fi roles, including the villain in Paul, cult comedy Galaxy Quest and this week's robocomedy Chappie.

Digital Spy sat down with Weaver to talk through how she feels about being seen as a sci-fi icon, the marathon shoot for Avatar 2, 3 and 4, and the offer she made to Paul Feig to appear in Ghostbusters 3.

Chappie opens in cinemas on March 6.

Watch Weaver and director Neill Blomkamp discuss their new Alien film below: »

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“Exodus: Gods And Kings” Available Today On Digital HD

3 March 2015 12:43 PM, PST | | See recent news »

From Ridley Scott, the acclaimed director of Gladiator, comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods And Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and engrossing 3D immersion, Exodus: Gods And Kings brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey to escape Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Exodus: Gods And Kings boasts an incredible cast including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley. For more information on this release and to learn more about Digital HD, please click Here. »


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Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5: Everything You Need To Know

3 March 2015 6:29 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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After Ridley Scott’s cerebral space-horror Alien, and James Cameron’s explosive thrill ride in its sequel Aliens, one of cinema’s most famous franchises began to lose its way somewhat. Alien 3 was a mess of ideas that offered us a rather underwhelming conclusion, and years later the big budget Alien Resurrection did little but make a lot of noise and simply confuse things even further.

But after almost 20 years of constant rumour and hushed whispering, there’s finally going to be a new Alien film to bring the series to a definitive and satisfying conclusion. Now the real intrigue begins though, with questions about who will be involved, how the story will unfold, and how things can be picked up again after the endings of the last two outings, being the first that the new film will need to address.

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Spider-man: Drew Goddard In Talks To Write And Direct

2 March 2015 2:00 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Drew Goddard, writer and director of Cabin in the Woods and writer of Sony's upcoming Sinister Six, is in talks to write and direct Sony and Marvel's new Spider-Man according to the report at THR.Other than Cabin and Sinister Goddard also wrote for Netflix's Daredevil series, the Cloverfield films and he apparently was the one who 'rescued' World War Z from its troubled production. He also wrote Ridley Scott's The Martian which stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars. The studios are looking for a new lead actor and word is that the story will take in high school. This will be the first time that Spider-Man action takes place within a Marvel film. ...

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New ‘Alien’ Won’t Undo ‘Alien 3′ or ‘Resurrection,’ Director Neill Blomkamp Says

28 February 2015 10:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director Neill Blomkamp is setting the record straight that his upcoming “Alien” sequel won’t “undo” the events of “Alien 3” or “Alien: Resurrection.”

It appears as though the new movie will take place before the sequels, serving as a bridge between the first two films, “Alien” and “Aliens.”

“My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens,’” he told AlloCine. “That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo ‘Alien 3’ or ‘Alien: Resurrection’; I just want it to be connected to Alien ‘1’ and ‘2.’”

The untitled 20th Century Fox sci-fi project is separate from “Prometheus 2,” which Fox is still making with Ridley Scott.

Alien” star Sigourney Weaver said she’s always been interested in giving her classic character, Ellen Ripley, a proper ending.

“I think we left a series that’s quite beloved just sort »

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"Robin Hood" Gets Another Gritty Reboot

28 February 2015 6:36 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The failure of Ridley Scott's gritty and grounded $200 million "Robin Hood" movie five years ago doesn't seem to have deterred filmmakers from trying again with the character and tone.

Screenwriter Joby Harold, who is also penning Guy Ritchie's upcoming "Knights Of The Roundtable" King Arthur film franchise, has begun shopping around a script which delivers a new version entitled "Robin Hood: Origins". Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company is set to produce.

The project is not to be confused with two others including Disney's revisionist "Nottingham & Hood" project which has more of a swashbuckling adventure tone, or Sony which is developing its own Robin Hood project based on a pitch by Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott.

In fact there's talk Sony might take Harold's script and mesh it with their own, but no studio has snapped it up as yet.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Blade Runner 2: 10 Questions That Need Answering

28 February 2015 3:45 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Friday was a big news day for Blade Runner fans: not only was it confirmed that Harrison Ford would return as Rick Deckard – the antihero at the centre of Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece – for a Blade Runner sequel, but it was revealed that Denis Villeneuve, director of Prisoners and Enemy, was coming on board to helm the new film.

With this came the announcement that the screenplay – by original Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher, along with Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green – was ready to go, and that the film would begin shooting some time next year.

Now is going to be a time rife with speculation. After fans have first got past the fury they might feel over Blade Runner getting a sequel at all (the questions of “was there any need?” and “why does Ridley Scott keep doing this to his own films?” need to be out of »

- Brogan Morris

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