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It seems like we get some new "Alien"/"Prometheus" news every other day nowadays. Months back, we heard that Neill Blomkamp would be helming an "Alien 5" movie (one that disregarded the existence of "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection"), and that Ridley Scott would be working on a "Prometheus 2." Some time after that, Scott revealed that "Prometheus 2" would actually be an "Alien" movie, and that Blomkamp's film has been delayed indefinitely. Despite the original "Prometheus" only sharing the DNA and world with the original "Alien" film, Scott now seems oddly adamant at linking the two franchises together.
In a conference in Sydney, Scott delved further into his plans with the franchise, and explains his inspirations for "Prometheus" and how the whole thing will eventually tie together (via THR).
“'Prometheus 1' was born out of my frustration that on 'Alien 1' in 1979 — I only did one as I don't normally do sequels. »
- Joseph Medina
In 2011, the New York Film Critics Circle had seemingly had enough of lagging behind other groups in the year-end superlatives game. That year, the org surprisingly set a Nov. 29 date for voting, leaping ahead of the New York-based National Board of Review — a compendium of film enthusiasts, filmmakers and academics that dates back to 1909 — and far out in front of their west coast counterparts, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. And that’s where they’ve remained ever since, ahead of the pack, first to pass judgment on the year in cinema.
After “The Artist” won the Nyfcc prize in 2011, a mild case of “shiny new object” syndrome took hold as “Zero Dark Thirty” and “American Hustle” (among the last films to screen in 2012 and 2013) won the group’s top prize in their respective years. In 2014, both the New York and Los Angeles critics agreed that “Boyhood” was tops, one »
- Kristopher Tapley
Fresh off providing us with an update on some of the questions that he’ll be answering with the upcoming Alien: Covenant, Sir Ridley Scott has once again been talking about the upcoming Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel. The legendary English director confirmed that Michael Fassbender, who, I think we can all admit, stole Prometheus thanks to his fantastic performance as David the android, will actually play two roles in the blockbuster. Which, for an actor of his caliber, could produce scintillating results. Scott made this admission during a press conference, witnessed by Screen Daily, for the upcoming science fiction film that was held at Sydney’s Fox Studios Australia. The event was organised to celebrate the fact that production will take place down under. While speaking about Alien: Covenant, not only did the filmmaker reveal that Noomi Rapace will be returning »
Ahoy folks. I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a while now, as you all know, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point for 2015 as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do (with today also Black Friday, as we all do shopping, voters in various precursors are watching screeners). SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in »
- Joey Magidson
Back in September Ridley Scott revealed that he had plans for three Prometheus sequels, and now the filmmaker has reaffirmed that the upcoming Alien: Covenant will be followed by a further two movies during a press conference in Sydney, Australia (via The Hollywood Reporter).
“Its a very complex story,” states Scott. “Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus. Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question ‘why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from.”
“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, »
- Gary Collinson
“It’s really great, it’s a very nice big idea I’ve got [for Fassbender’s character]. It’s fantastic,” Ridley Scott teased last month about "Alien: Covenant." And it appears the only thing better than one Michael Fassbender, is two Michael Fassbenders. With production now officially slated to start in March at Fox Studios in Australia, the director headed Down Under for a press conference, and spilled a few more details about upcoming "Prometheus" sequel. What we know so far is that the story will follow the crew of the colony ship, Covenant, who discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. Read More: 'Alien: Covenant' Title Confirmed, Synopsis And New Release Date Revealed However, in an interesting little twist, Screen Daily reveals that Fassbender will have "two. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Ridley Scott announced his return to science-fiction with the mammoth production Prometheus (2012), rumors immediately began to eddy: Would it be a prequel to Alien? Scott wouldn't say, though the answer was obviously, "Yes, it is a prequel." Now, following the announcement that his Prometheus sequel will actually be another Alien prequel called Alien: Covenant, Scott has ditched the enigmatic ambiguities of his Prometheus marketing and is playing this one straight: he will follow up Alien: Covenant with two more Prometheus sequels, finally tying it all in to his 1979 opus Alien. "It's a very complex story," he said of the new film at a press conference in Sydney. "It's an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1." It will chronicle the plight of a crew of the colony ship Covenant, who discover a Stygian non-paradise, the sole inhabitant of which is the robotic David (Michael Fassbender), »
- Greg Cwik
Michael Fassbender to play two roles in upcoming sci-fi, Australian government to build on incentives.
The director provided new details about the film at a press conference held at the studio on Friday November 27, where he spoke alongside state and federal politicians, including Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop MP.
“I never did any more because I don’t normally do sequels but I was amazed with the three that followed, no one »
Two weeks ago, 20th Century Fox announced that Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel will be titled Alien: Covenant, and it will have direct ties to the director's 1979 classic sci-fi horror movie Alien. In the official press release, only actor Michael Fassbender was confirmed to return as android David. This led many to wondering what happened to Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace. Was she still in the movie? Is this new adventure set further into the future? Today, Ridley Scott partially answers that question.
Yes, Noomi Rapace will reprise her role as Elizabeth Shaw in Alien: Covenant. But the character only plays a very small role. Her brief screen time will amount to nothing more than a cameo. But we should learn what became of her following the events seen in Prometheus. This is the official synopsis released by 20th Century Fox.
"Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, »
Apparently, Prometheus is being considered a one-off movie. And perhaps we shouldn't view Alien: Covenant as its sequel. Instead, director Ridley Scott says that Alien: Covenant is the first in a planned trilogy that will directly link to his 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien. Though, it will still share ties with Prometheus as well, bringing back star of that movie Michael Fassbender, who will reprise his role as the android David.
Ridley Scott is currently in Australia, where he has begun pre-production on Alien: Covenant. He has shared a few more new details about the movie, confirming that there will be two more prequels to follow. The final of which will meet up with the beginning of Alien, taking a page out of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes playbook. Alien: Covenant is going to play out as an 'origin' story that answers some of the basic questions posed in Alien. »
Now the that Ridley Scott.s upcoming Prometheus sequel appears to have a set-in-stone name (though that could very well change, again), Alien: Covenant, we.re left to wonder how long it will be until the action in this thread links up with his 1979 classic, Alien. Sir Ridley has talked about making multiple movies and now we know that Covenant is the first of three movies that will lead the franchise back to Alien. Scott is in Australia beginning the pre-production process on Covenant. When The Hollywood Reporter caught up with him to talk about the project, The Martian director said: So I.m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we.ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that.s finished »
Unperturbed by the divisive reception of 2012’s Prometheus, Ridley Scott has mapped out some of the big plans in store for his Alien franchise moving forward. Now that we know 2017 will herald the release of Alien: Covenant, the esteemed director has confirmed that said sequel will lay the groundwork for “another one, and then another one.”
Keen to dovetail the story of his Alien prequel trilogy with the seminal 1979 original, we’re learned of Scott’s desire to take full control of the sci-fi franchise, effectively ordering Neill Blomkamp’s pitched follow-up to the shelf for the foreseeable future. Shedding light on the origins of the indelible Xenomorph, the director has promised that answers are coming, and the release of Covenant is just the beginning.
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Speaking at a Sydney press conference (via The Hollywood Reporter), Scott announced the news just as Alien: Covenant readies itself to slither into pre-production. »
- Michael Briers
Ridley Scott has said that we are to expect three more Prometheus films.
The legendary British director was speaking at a press conference in Sydney where he spoke about the planned films, which will start in 2017 with Alien: Covenant.
“Its a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1,” Scott said. “Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question ‘why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from.”
“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when »
- Paul Heath
The film had previously been confirmed to shoot in Australia, following a federal government grant, and several states had jockeyed to land the picture.
The Nsw government did not specify how much finance it will provide, but said that the film would contribute some $43 million (A$60 million) to the local economy.
The move potentially gives the state a trio of “Alien” movies. Director, Scott has recently said that he envisages three prequel movies and that the plan is to shoot all three in Australia. “Covenant” is a second prequel, following “Prometheus.”
Michael Fassbender will reprieve his role and is expected at the Fox Studios in Sydney from March next year. The film is scheduled for release in October 2017.
“This is the fourth film Twentieth Century Fox »
- Patrick Frater
The worst kept secret in the film production ether of the past few months just became official - Ridley Scott is set to shoot "Alien: Covenant" at Sydney's Fox Studios from March next year. Pre-production is now underway and the shoot will run for sixteen weeks.
The story has the colony ship Covenant bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, an uncharted paradise that is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the 'synthetic' David (Michael Fassbender) who survived the doomed Prometheus expedition.
As previously indicated this is the next chapter in a series of prequels that lead directly to the events depicted in Scott's 1979 classic "Alien". Up until this point it had been assumed to be a trilogy with 2012's "Prometheus" serving as the first film and 'Covenant' as the second.
Scott however has since dismissed that report, saying that there will »
- Garth Franklin
Now that we've seen "The Revenant" and all other top Oscar contenders except "Joy" and "The Hateful Eight," Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily) and I are ready to make some bold early picks. Leo DiCaprio seems to be out front for Best Actor, but beware: this derby is crazy and the horses are wild. Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"), Johnny Depp ("Black Mass"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl") and others are still in the chase. Or at least I think so. Sasha feels more strongly about her Leo pick. See Sasha's latest updated predix here. See mine here. See our predictions stacked side by side with 20 other Oscarologists here, then check out the rankings and odds generated with our experts' predix are combined. Below: Listen to Sasha and I schmooze the state of the top races. You can also check out the chat at Gold Derby's channel at Libsyn and at iTunes. Hit the "subscribe" button ther. »
Whether its video helmers or stage directors, Sundance has been a reliable launchpad lieu for nouveau British talent — video helmer Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman) and Rupert Goold (True Story) come to mind. Yet another directorial debut on our predictions list, there is reason to believe that this shot in 2014 crime drama might drop in early 2016. With a background in television (episodes of “Skins” and “Doctor Who”) prior to working on his directorial debut, Adam Smith directed the heavily sensorial and pulsating concert vid Don’t Think. Starring Michael Fassbender and festival fave Brendan Gleeson with a noteworthy trio of supporting players in Sean Harris (a must see in Yann Demange’s ’71), Lyndsey Marshal and Rory Kinnear, Trespass Against Us also employs the service of cinematographer Eduard Grau (Buried/Suffragette) and naturally an original score from The Chemical Brothers.
Gist: Three generations of the Cutler family live »
- Eric Lavallee
Leonardo DiCaprio — who has been waiting for an Oscar since way back in 1993 when he was first nominated for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" — sure looks like he's giving it everything he's got this time around. His performance in "The Revenant" has finally been screened and it seems like everything is in place for him to finally win. Especially considering his competition has largely As for the other nominees? Michael B. Jordan has emerged a last minute contender for "Creed," but the nomination itself will be the reward if he pulls it off. Eddie Redmayne could be nominated again after winning last year, but he's not expected to go two-for-two. Michael Fassbender, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Matt Damon and Tom Hanks have all got strong notices for "Steve Jobs," "Black Mass," "Concussion," "The Martian" and "Bridge of Spies," respectively, and should make up two or three more of the nominees. They'll. »
- Peter Knegt
Biggest Jumps In Oscar Predictions This Week Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") solidifed his lead in the Best Actor race over Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs") as his film finally screened for our Oscar experts drawn from major media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, HuffPo and Variety. This five-time Oscar also-ran had started off this awards season far out in front for his performance as a frontiersman bent on revenge in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's revisionist Western. First to overtake him was Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl"), then Johnny Depp ("Black Mass") and finally Fassbender who by late October held a lead among our experts by a vote of 12 to 5 over Leo. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions DiCaprio has rallied and now has the backing of 14 of the 21 experts at Gold Derby (Oscarwatchers at Yahoo, USA Today, Entertainm...' »
Last December, just months before its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, the first trailer was released for Knight of Cups, the latest from director Terrence Malick. We haven't heard anything about this mysterious project since then, but today, Broad Green Pictures has released the second trailer, which only features a few brief new shots that weren't included in the first trailer, amounting to roughly 10 seconds of new footage. Unfortunately, these never-before-seen moments don't give us any added insight into this story.
Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick's (Christian Bale) father used to read this story to him as a boy. »
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