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Helen Murdoch on five films that have really divided opinion....
Man of Steel has taken the UK and Us box office by storm but it has divided cinemagoers and critics alike. Some have hailed Zack Snyder’s all actioner, whereas others have condemned its uneven storytelling and hectic action. Watching a film is always a deeply personal experience and one film can be adored by millions and equally hated by millions. That got me thinking about what other films have sparked such fierce debate amongst movie goers...
You only have to type Prometheus into Google to see the range of criticism and appreciation for Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien-verse. Some hailed it as a return to form and welcomed the return of the Xenomorph. On the other hand people hated Scott’s new incarnation so much that there are hundreds of blogs dedicated to Prometheus criticism. »
- Flickering Myth
In 1979, prototypes for 3 ¾” action figures for Ridley Scott's Alien were developed but never manufactured. Through Super 7's industry and collector contacts, the company unearthed reference material and original 34-year-old prototypes and will now make these “lost toys” a reality.
Under authorization from 20th Century Fox, Super7 will produce the full series of Alien toys as part of its ReAction Figure Series (Retro-Action). Each is stylized exactly as items from the “golden age” of action figures with approximately five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging.
Super7 will offer four different Alien ReAction Figure exclusives at San Diego Comic Con. The following will be available at Super7 booth #5245.
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Fans won't have Damon Lindelof to kick around should Prometheus 2 ever see the light of day as 20th Century Fox has reached out to Jack Paglen to take a stab at writing the screenplay for the follow-up to one of 2012's most talked about, yet divisive films. The motivation here seems rather obvious as Paglen wrote the screenplay for Transcendence the feature film debut of Wally Pfister, Oscar-winning cinematographer of Christopher Nolan's Inception. Transcendence is a sci-fi film set for a mid-April 2014 release and should it prove successful, attaching the name of a proven sci-fi writer will certainly help sell tickets for the Prometheus sequel should audiences have their doubts about returning to that world. All I wonder at this point is whether or not they reached out to Jon Spaihts who wrote the original draft of Prometheus or have they abandoned the all out Alien prequel idea »
- Brad Brevet
FX’s adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain continues to sound better and better. John Hurt of Alien, Harry Potter, Hellboy, V For Vendetta and Midnight Express fame, has joined the cast of the series.
Hurt joins Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro in the pilot (which is angling for a 13-episode pick up), and “will portray Professor Abraham Setrakian, a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As the outbreak spreads, he may be the only one with answers – if anyone will listen.”
del Toro met the announcement with much enthusiasm, as can be expected: ”I am incredibly happy to be reunited with John, who is one of the greatest actors in the world and one of my favorite people ever…Chuck and I always visualized him while writing The Strain »
- Andy Greene
While Ridley Scott's Alien not-quite-prequel Prometheus was a box office success, many fans walked away disappointed with what they considered to be plot holes and unrealistic elements. Most of the blame was laid at the feet of screenwriter Damon Lindelof, as fans expected him to maintain the high standards of tight plotting and unflinching realism he brought to Cowboys & Aliens. So now Lindelof has taken his ball and gone home, protesting that he's too busy working on the Star Trek franchise and Brad Bird's Tomorrowland—and anyway, it was all Scott's fault. Also, the finale of »
This time last year Prometheus hit the theaters and every Xenomorph fan was amped. The chance to see Ridley Scott back in the directors chair for one of the most iconic science fiction films of all time, was an event that movie goers were not going to miss. So much so that it cost $130 million to make and worldwide brought in $403 million.
- Keyra Jallah
The Doctor! Guillermo del Toro! Vampire pilot for FX! Who Wouldn’T be all over this story? We’ve actually already told you a little about the del Toro vampire pilot The Strain, based on the trilogy of books he co-authored with Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves). If picked up, the showrunner would be our beloved Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel).
So, as the headline blares, the newest cast member is (one of) the Doctor(s). This particular Doctor is the newest to us, though I suspect he’s one of the oldest. It’s John Hurt, reuniting with his Hellboy director del Toro. Hurt’s castmates in include Corey Stoll (The Bourne Legacy, Midnight in Paris), Mia Maestro (Nadia in Alias) and Kevin Durand (Keamy in Lost). Here’s the press release, which includes a synopsis of the show:
- Erin Willard
Despite being one of the most divisive films in recent memory, Prometheus was a solid hit at the box office, with Ridley Scott's sort-of-prequel to his 1979 sci-fi classic Alien pulling in over $400 million worldwide, so it comes as little surprise that 20th Century Fox is keen to push ahead with plans for a sequel.
According to Variety, Fox has tapped screenwriter Jack Paglen (Transendence) to pen the script for the follow-up, which may or may not see Ridley Scott returning to the director's chair (although he is set to at least produce the film through his Scott Free banner). Both Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) are expected to return to the cast.
- Flickering Myth
Ridley Scott and Fox have at last found a worthy scribe for the sequel to their 2012 galactic epic, Prometheus. The two are eyeing Jack Paglen, writer of Wally Pfister’s first directorial effort Transcendence, which will be released in April of next year.
Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to return as Elizabeth Shaw and android David. Though it is still uncertain if Ridley Scott will be directing, he will be producing with his company Scott Free Productions.
Not much is known of the sequel’s plot. All Scott has revealed in interviews is that while the first film was heavily rooted in the Alien franchise, the second instalment will stray farther.
Prometheus was written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and brought in over $400 million worldwide. Jack Paglen has a lot to live up to with the sequel, especially so since there are many, both fans and detractors, »
- Katherine Kranz
They say that if you play with fire, you're going to get burned. Just ask the Greek god Prometheus. He played with fire and got burned to the tune of an eternity of birds eating his innards. Some might say there's an object lesson in that.
But Ridley Scott is apparently not one of those people, because according to Variety, the legendary director is proceeding full speed ahead with "Prometheus 2" despite widespread critical derision and fan disappointment with last year's "Prometheus."
At least he'll be doing it with a new writer.
That's because, as we reported last month, "Lost" creator and "Prometheus" writer Damon Lindelof has decided not to return for another go-round. Instead, it seems that Scott and the suits and Fox have targeted screenwriter Jack Paglen (who is responsible for the upcoming Johnny Depp sci-fi epic "Transcendence") to pen the next installment.
Just what "Prometheus 2" will actually be about, »
- Scott Harris
Rejoice or groan, the sequel to Prometheus is moving forward. According to Variety, both Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender should return, and Jack Paglen – the writer of Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence — will be writing the script. Hopefully all the cohesive elements of the screenplay that help make sense of everything will end up being in the movie this time around. But what else is there? Prometheus was so divisive that you’re either currently pumping your fist or pumping your fist with a sad look on your face. About the only general consequence is that it keeps Ridley Scott in this universe a little longer — theoretically preventing him from doing other projects. Although, presumably it’ll be holding him back temporarily from going back into other wells he’s drained before. So there’s that. The only confusing thing about this news is that Variety is claiming that this entry will “feel more like its »
- Scott Beggs
The Wrap reported yesterday that Ridley Scott has signed off on Jack Paglen's take on Prometheus 2. Paglen was apparently being rumored for the job for weeks, but now that Scott himself has signed off, things should get moving quickly and I would expect to hear about the official deal within the next week or so.
Paglen himself is still a bit of an unknown in Hollywood. Transcendence will be his first big screen showing, and it isn't due out until April of 2014. That said, Wally Pfister (who is known as the cinematographer for all of Nolan's Batman trilogy) has chosen Transcendence as his directorial debut, and it has actors connected to it such as Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
Last year Ridley Scott's return to the Alien franchise with Prometheus was hotly anticipated. But once fanboys and critics finally saw what Scott had in store with his big budget prequel, the film proved to be pretty polarizing, with some calling it a total disaster of plot holes and fan service, and others proclaiming it a misunderstood masterpiece. Nonetheless, the $130 million dollar production managed to pull in an impressive $403 million worldwide, paving the way for a possible sequel. By the end of last summer, Fox was urging Scott to consider the follow-up the film's final scene sets up so nicely. But rather than have Prometheus scribes Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof return to draft part two, Scott and Fox are looking elsewhere. The Wrap reports the filmmakers are circling Jack Paglen, a relative newcomer whose only screenwriting credit to date is Transcendence. But considering that is the directorial debut »
"Prometheus 2" is moving closer to reality. According to Variety, Jack Palgen is in talks to write the "Prometheus" sequel, which Ridley Scott will produce for Twentieth Century Fox. (Whether he directs as well is unclear.) Palgen is a new name among blockbuster screenwriters; his first credit won't happen until next year, as Palgen wrote the Johnny Depp film "Transcendence," which long-time Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister is directing as his feature debut.
As had been reported earlier, "Prometheus 2" won't be written by original co-writer Damon Lindelof. The bête noire of many internet commenters wasn't able to continue work on the "Prometheus" sequel because of prior commitments. After a report claimed that Lindelof left the project abruptly, angering Scott and Fox in the process, Lindelof cleared things up in an email to Slashfilm:
If I take on too many projects at one time, there is a higher probability of those projects sucking. »
- Christopher Rosen
While working on the first "Prometheus" film, Ridley Scott brought on Damon Lindelof ("Lost") to help figure out the story for the movie. Lindelof ended up completely re-writing the script and taking the "Alien" prequel in a completely new direction. Scott and Lindelof worked out ideas for not only "Prometheus," but also it's follow-up. Unfortunately, Lindelof is too busy to return to write the actual script for "Prometheus 2." Now comes word that Scott and 20th Century Fox have hired newcomer Jack Paglen to write the sequel. Paglen doesn't have much of a resume, but he recently wrote the script for the upcoming "Transcendence" sci-fi thriller, which will be directed by "The Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister, and stars Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to return for "Prometheus 2," which will show us the planet of the engineers and introduce us to god. »
You may not have heard of Jack Paglen just yet, but don’t worry, you will. He’s the guy responsible for writing Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence. That’s quite the opening gig, and it has certainly got the attention of people in high places as Paglen will once again go sci-fi for the sequel to the Alien prequel that is Prometheus.
Prometheus may not have been everyone’s cup of tea, mostly because it just wasn’t very good, but hopefully a new writer can inject sometension, heart, and soul. We have no idea about a plot just yet, as it could follow Noomi Rapace’s character, or just be a completely different beast altogether. It’s also unclear as to when Prometheus 2 will get underway, as director Ridley Scott is also working on a Blade Runner sequel.
Source: The Wrap
- Luke Ryan Baldock
News Simon Brew 18 Jun 2013 - 06:11
20th Century Fox is now pushing ahead with the mooted sequel to last year's Alien prequel of sorts, Prometheus. Prometheus 2 is expected to see Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace returning, and Ridley Scott will at least be producing. It's not definite at this stage that he'll be back in the director's chair, though.
What we do know is that Fox is closing in on a screenwriter to pen Prometheus 2. Variety reports that Jack Palgen, who's written Wally Pfister's upcoming directorlal debut Transcendence, is to write the script. We don't know where the narrative will go, short of the fact that Ridley Scott had suggested in previous interviews that this was the film that leads more directly to the first Alien film.
We'll keep you posted as we hear more. »
Paglen was previously linked, but now comes word that Scott has agreed to his take on the direction for the sequel. As a result, negotiations are now underway.
Paglen would replace Damon Lindelof who penned the first film which scored $403 million worldwide at the box-office. It's expected this sequel will further distance itself from the "Alien"-related elements of the first film.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
June 2012′s Prometheus was Ridley Scott’s return to the sci-fi universe of his original Alien and a particularly divisive summer blockbuster. The prequel (of sorts) grossed over $400 million worldwide on a budget of around $130 million, which wasn’t the massive success 20th Century Fox was hoping for, but enough to justify a sequel.
Ridley Scott’s involvement seemed beyond question – his Scott Free banner was going to be involved, even if Scott ended up producing. Considering Prometheus’ story was the subject of great debate surrounding the film, a big question was whether or not Damon Lindelof – the Lost alumnus who heavily rewrote Jon Spaihts’ original script – would be returning.
Though we’ve known for a while that Lindelof ...
- Anthony Vieira
Talk of a Prometheus sequel was going on before the first movie was released. While the box office performance didn’t merit Fox moving forward with a sequel immediately, $403 million worldwide was enough to explore their options. According to a new report, they’re taking the first step in getting Prometheus 2 off the ground.
Jack Paglen is the man Fox will task with continuing Ridley Scott’s new adventure in the Alien universe. Deadline reports that Paglen is currently in negotiations to write the script for Prometheus 2. Previously, he wrote the sci-fi script Transcendence, which is being directed by Wally Pfister for Warner Bros. and will star Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Kate Mara.
Presumably, the movie will follow up on the events of Prometheus, but little about the story is known at this point. It was said previously that some of the surviving cast members »
- Jonathan James
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