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Simon Brew Mar 22, 2017
Just yesterday, we were reporting the news that Terminator 6 – the follow-on from Terminator Genisys – had been abandoned, and that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commitment to the series is now over. Schwarzenegger and the Terminator series are seemingly done.
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But the Terminator series itself isn’t. Producer David Ellison, of production company Skydance, was one of those who helped shepherd Terminator Gensys to the screen. And in a new interview, he’s hinted that happier times are ahead.
“I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me it’s an incredibly bright future”, he told Collider.
“I think where it’s »
The first of those – now titled Alien: Covenant – is just a few short months away from release, and Scott has told The Sydney Morning Herald that he already has a script for the next Alien movie, and is planning on a 2018 shoot.
“You’ve got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you’d better be ready.“You don’t want a two-year gap. So I’ll be ready to go again next year.”
Meanwhile, Scott also went on to add that he has plenty of plans for the series going forward, stating: “If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six. I’m not going to close it down again. »
- Gary Collinson
Colony ship Film Experience crew member Robert here!
Since Prometheus blasted us back into the Alien universe to mixed reaction (hey, I really liked it!) there has been a flurry of talk about what the next entry in the franchise would be. For a while it was looking like Neill Blomkamp would get his shot at reviving the franchise with original star Sigourney Weaver, but Ridley Scott's sequel to Prometheus – originally not related to the Alien franchise, now called Alien: Covenant – put those plans on ice.
After a very tense teaser a few months ago we have a full trailer and it looks like it will be a bumpy ride for all. Trailer with the accompanying "Yes No Maybe So" after the jump »
- Robert Balkovich
With Neill Blomkamp‘s “Alien” looking unlikely to happen, the future of the franchise rests on the shoulders of the man who started it all: Ridley Scott. He’s back with “Alien: Covenant,” which for fans will have to show some improvement over the beautiful looking, viscerally engaging, but kinda really dumb “Prometheus.” And he’s going to try, bringing buckets of blood along with him.
Continue reading ‘Alien: Covenant’ Serves Up 5-Minute ‘Last Supper’ Prologue at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
There can be only one.
Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox
- David Ehrlich
Force Friday First Look
Well, it might not be until September but the Star Wars Twitter account released a teaser image of the packaging for Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise. While it doesn’t give a lot away, it does give our first look at Rey, Finn and Poe in the film – including a new hairstyle for Daisy Ridley as well as putting her front and centre with a lightsaber. There’s still no update on the trailer, but that should be with us by Star Wars Celebration in April. Read more about that story here.
Thank You, Sub-mariner
With Avengers: Infinity War currently in production, Marvel Studios appear to be looking towards their next set of projects. According to a tweet from Reel New Hawaii, Namor the Sub-Mariner is the next character in line for adaptation, but it doesn’t specify if its a film or TV show. »
- Luke Owen
Since the dawn of the 21st century, action cinema has undergone a bigger change than perhaps any other genre. As the tools with which filmmakers craft their works have continually advanced, a sort of renaissance has begun wherein action films stepped firmly into their own. Often put in the same category as horror — not taken seriously as a form of artistic expression outside of its core fanbase — action has had to boldly announce itself as a viable medium through which big set pieces, but also big ideas, can be presented and explored.
With the highly anticipated John Wick: Chapter 2 arriving in theaters this Friday, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s action films that have most excelled. To pick our top 50, we’ve reached out to all corners of the globe, choosing an array of films ranging from grand to gritty, brutal to beautiful. The result »
- The Film Stage
Jennifer Leigh Williamson Feb 16, 2017
“Is that the only flamethrower?”
Most of us have long heard the fun fact that the role of Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien was originally written for a man. Like Eric Stoltz filming for four weeks as Marty in Back To The Future, it's one of those fun Hollywood tidbits that seems ridiculous now as Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley has become one of the greatest heroes in movie history.
Going on to star in four (rumoured to soon be five) Alien movies, Weaver has been nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for her portrayal of this iconic character and its easy to see why. In a world of damsels, love interests and totty, Ripley is a woman: a well rounded, intelligent, confident, »
Nearly 40 years after it hit theaters, Ridley Scott's original Alien has stood the test of time, and is still considered one of the very best movies in both the horror and sci-fi genres. 20th Century Fox even re-released both Alien & Aliens in theaters last year for "Alien Day," on April 26. This year, Ridley Scott is returning to this iconic franchise with Alien: Covenant, which will mark the star of a new trilogy that will connect to the original Alien. While this movie is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated of the year, filmmaker James Cameron isn't necessarily looking forward to it.
With just two feature films under his belt, Piranha II and The Terminator, James Cameron directed the 1986 classic Aliens, which celebrated its 30th Anniversary last year. But the franchise hasn't been the same since then. The widely-panned 1992 sequel Alien 3, which marked the feature directorial debut of David Fincher, »
Paolo Sorrentino has been making buzz with his HBO series “The Young Pope,” a provocative yet satisfyingly rich drama like no other. Now, the filmmaker returns behind the camera in the noir short film “Killer in Red.”
Starting Clive Owen, the project is an extended ad for the alcoholic liqueur Campari, written by Sorrentino and based on an original story by J. Walter Thompson.
“Killer in Red” begins with a bartender making a cocktail when Owen, who is always late and “looks like a lot of people,” walks into the empty bar looking for a woman. While he waits for her, the man pours him a drink and tells him a story about his old bartender teacher, Floyd (Owen), who used to craft cocktails explicitly for people.
As Floyd’s story unfolds, »
- Liz Calvario
The world was pretty excited when Neill Blomkamp released his concept for an Alien sequel, and things seemed to be going pretty well, looking like it would be worked on alongside Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel. But this has all seemed to have fallen apart and now Blomkamp doesn’t see much chance of the sequel going forward at all.
The Prometheus sequel, now renamed to Alien: Covenant – which probably wasn’t a good omen for Blomkamp – is due for release this May. And as for Blomkamp’s Alien sequel, the director had the below to say in a Twitter reply to a fan.
— Иeill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) January 21, 2017
This isn’t entirely shocking, with the Prometheus sequel being renamed and looking to more closely resemble Scott’s original film, along with returning Xenomorphs, perhaps there just isn’t room for Blomkamp’s vision.
The fat lady hasn’t quite sung yet however, »
- Samuel Brace
Simon Brew Jan 24, 2017
Ridley Scott is currently putting the finishing touches to Alien: Covenant, that’s being unleashed in cinemas this coming May. We’ve seen some footage from the film, and appreciating that it’s just a snapshot of the final movie, what we’ve feasted our eyes on is certainly impressive.
Scott has plans to make at least one further Alien movie – possibly two – once he’s done with Covenant. And ever since he revealed that, that’s thrown into doubt the future of Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien 5’ movie. This is the one that’ll bring Sigourney Weaver back to the franchise, and that will all but ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. However, as Alien: Covenant has taken priority, »
We likely won’t see Ripley, Newt, and Corporal Hicks again on the big screen. If Newt and Hicks ever do return from the dead, it’s probably not going to happen in Neill Bomkamp‘s Alien film. The District 9 and Chappie director was going to bring the characters back for his Alien sequel, a direct sequel to Aliens that was meant to give Ripley a proper ending. […]
The post Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Aliens’ Sequel is Probably Not Happening appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
If you're a fan of the Alien franchise, this is probably going to be a great year for you. After Prometheus brought director Ridley Scott back to the series he created, he is now making a proper prequel with Alien: Covenant. As exciting as that is, there is still a lot of hope among fans for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's proposed Alien 5. Unfortunately, he has now made it fairly clear that the movie probably isn't going to happen.
Neill Blomkamp recently took to Twitter in order to address a fan question about Alien 5, the movie he was going to make before Ridley Scott decided that he finally wanted to make his Prometheus sequel, which we now know as Alien: Covenant. The fan in question asked, "what are the chances of the alien project happening?" Neill Blomkamp simply and disappointingly responded with "slim."
For those who may not know »
The saga of Neill Blomkamp‘s unmade “Alien” goes something like this: the director was gearing up to bring Sigourney Weaver back into the “Alien” universe with a proposed movie that would follow James Cameron‘s “Aliens,” and ignore everything that happened after. But franchise creator/producer Ridley Scott threw up a red flag at Fox, and demanded he make “Alien: Covenant” first, which is now landing this summer.
- Kevin Jagernauth
When District 9 hit theaters several years back, director Neill Blomkamp was seen as one of the new, big, up-and-coming talents in the industry. Unfortunately, Blomkamp’s follow-up films weren’t nearly as well regarded. Between Elysium and Chappie, his credibility as a storyteller took a bit of a tumble. While his visual prowess was unquestioned, critics and fans weren’t quite sure if he had the chops to direct his own material. In order to truly rise to the next level, perhaps it would be best for him to get mentored into his next project.
Enter filmmaker Ridley Scott and the then-somewhat-dormant Alien franchise. Scott was coming off of the divisive Prometheus, a film that’s set in the world of Alien, but doesn’t necessarily connect as nicely as fans were hoping. Scott seemed to have a resurgence of interest in advancing the franchise he started decades prior, »
- Joseph Medina
Things aren’t looking too good for Alien 5. More than two years on from the moment Neill Blomkamp set the Internet alight with a host of intriguing concept art, the director recently conceded that the chances of his proposed sequel seeing the light of day are currently slim.
Responding to one curious fan on Twitter (via Bloody Disgusting), Blomkamp commented on the status of Alien 5, which has been “on hold” for more than a year to clear the path for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant – and, presumably, its nebulous sequel that will eventually dovetail the Prometheus saga with the franchise’s original timeline. Even as Covenant inches closer to its theatrical release, Blomkamp’s sequel remains stuck in stasis, with the director stating in no uncertain terms that right now, the jury’s still out on whether Ellen Ripley will ever get the fitting conclusion she deserves.
- Michael Briers
Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays here at Lrm, where two real-life best friends put their heads together and pretend to be studio execs as they try to cast and hire other pertinent talent for upcoming geek properties.
This week, we turn our attention towards Green Lantern Corps, since there were recent developments on that front recently. The film recently snagged David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade) and Justin Rhodes (Grassroots) to write the script, with DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns producing and overseeing the project. There's also been talk that it'll have a sort of Lethal Weapon vibe to it, and that it'll sort of base itself off of the Sinestro Corps Wars.
Naturally, this news got all of us here at Lrm talking, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Assassin’s Creed seemed it would be the one to turn the tide on the bad luck video game movies have faced for decades. It had all the fixing for a memorable movie: a great premise, a talented director, and an A-list cast. Unfortunately, the resulting film didn’t really seem to strike a chord with audiences, and the movie sort of fizzled out in theaters. While it wasn’t what one would categorize as a bomb, its current come of $188 million on a $125 million budget isn’t the most promising of hauls.
Yet, we know this isn’t the end. The genre of video game movies have struggled for years, and will likely continue to do so for a very long time. The fact is that there are plenty of amazing stories that can be pulled from these IPs that would do wonders for the big screen. Ubisoft has »
- Joseph Medina
Ryan Lambie Jan 20, 2017
It could have been the first blockbuster videogame adaptation, but instead, it fell apart. Ryan looks at the Halo movie that never was...
From Super Mario Bros in the 90s and on to the recent Assassin’s Creed, it’s fair to say that movies adapted from videogames seldom fare well. But there’s one movie, now sadly lost to history, that might just have bucked that trend: Neill Blomkamp’s Halo.
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In 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved was the game that helped launch Microsoft’s first ever console, the Xbox. A first-person shooter with an absorbing sci-fi plot and a cool character at its core - the anonymous, armoured super-soldier, Master Chief - Halo »
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