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Back in January when director Neill Blomkamp first revealed some concept art for his then-potential Alien movie, Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley was joined by none other than Corporal Hicks, played of course by Michael Biehn in 1986’s sequel Aliens.
Considering Hicks’ fate at the start of Alien 3, there was some speculation as to whether Blomkamp’s concept would ignore subsequent sequels – something which the filmmaker has since confirmed and denied. However, with the project now officially moving ahead at Fox, it seems that Biehn may indeed be returning to the role of the Colonial Marine.
According to a poster on Reddit, who met Biehn at the Pensacon convention over the weekend, the actor responded “yes… looks like it” when asked if he’d been contacted by the studio for the new Alien movie, and if he was going to do.
Now, this may not be accurate, but I’m »
- Gary Collinson
While promoting Chappie on the Jonathan Ross show, Sigourney Weaver fielded the inevitable questions about Alien 5 and Avatars 2, 3 and 4. She had nothing new to add on the Alien movie, but maybe she did shine some new light on the Avatar sequels.
As you’ll see in this clip, Weaver said “I don’t play the same character.”
Without spoiling Avatar for those of you born in the last four years, there were only a handful of ways in which Weaver could be coming back as the same character.
Perhaps James Cameron’s previous comment, that Weaver’s role will “evolve” is the key to this. I’ve been hearing people say “Swamp Thing” and “Avatar sequel” in the same paragraph for a few years now, and I wonder if that the puzzle doesn’t have a very simple solution.
I guess it all depends on what you mean by “the same character, »
- Brendon Connelly
When Chappie director Neill Blomkamp first shared the concept art illustrations for his Alien 5 sequel back in January, some of the images featured depictions of both Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Aliens character Corporal Hicks. Right now, we still don't know anything about the story, except that it will give the Ripley character a proper ending. While doing press with Digital Spy for Chappie, Neill Blomkamp hinted that not only will Sigourney Weaver star as Ripley, but Michael Biehn will be back as Hicks as well.
"Hopefully we see them."
It's worth noting that the 2013 video game Alien: Colonial Marines actually alters Hicks' apparent death in Alien 3. While we don't know exactly when in the Alien timeline this new story is set, it looks like we'll get to see Ripley and Hicks fighting side by side once again in this sequel.
In related news, Reddit »
Last we heard of Avatar 2 and its pair of subsequent sequels, director James Cameron had opted to delay the upcoming installments due to a complex script. This is largely due to the fact that all three movies are set to be filmed simultaneously, leaving cast and crew with a lot of plates to keep spinning. However, despite the events of the first Avatar in 2009, one seemingly core member of the original film set to rejoin production is Sigourney Weaver, who may not play Grace Augustine upon her return.
That’s according to the actress herself, who recently appeared on The Jonathan Ross show to talk all-things-Chappie (with a spice of Blomkamp’s mysterious Alien sequel thrown in for good measure, no doubt). And during the course of the interview, Weaver was asked how she will be able to return to the mystical world of Pandora. Put simply, the »
- Michael Briers
Elysium is set in 2159 and features a spaceship full of ultra rich passengers flying over a poverty-stricken earth.
Speaking to Uproxx about Elysium, Blomkamp said: "I feel like I f**ked it up.
"I feel like, ultimately, the story is not the right story. I still think the satirical idea of a ring, filled with rich people, hovering above the impoverished Earth, is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly.
"But I just think the script wasn't... I just didn't make a good enough film is ultimately what it is. I feel like I executed all of the stuff that could be executed, like costume and set design and special effects, »
The Hunger Games actress was the victim of a nude photo leak when her iCloud account was allegedly hacked by an anonymous party.
Why do we consider hurting celebrities 'fair game'?
Weaver said that there is now "no escape" from social media, meaning that actors and other stars need to work out how to deal with the pressures it brings.
Speaking to The Sunday Times Style Magazine, she said: "It is something actors need to figure out how to combat, and it doesn't serve anyone to have privacy invaded to such an extent.
"[Jennifer] is brilliant. Leave her alone."
The Alien actress also said that she has no desire to see her idols naked, explaining that she would rather keep them on a "pedestal".
"Would I have tried to hound Steve McQueen to see nude pictures? Probably not. I wanted him on a pedestal, »
“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.’”
“I think we left a series that’s quite beloved just sort »
- Maane Khatchatourian
After a bombardment of terrible sequels and remakes, the horror movie genre is undergoing something of a renaissance of late with the excellent Babadook and this week's It Follows leading the charge.
Both films are driven by strong performances from up-and-coming female stars (Essie Davis and Maika Monroe), which brings to mind a classic horror movie trope: the Final Girl. Most prevalent in slasher films, the Final Girl is the last character standing who confronts a killer/ghost/demon and lives to tell the tale.
Digital Spy looks back at 7 of our favourite horror movie Final Girls, why they're iconic and what they're up to now...
Many horror fans thought Drew Barrymore would end up being Scream's Final Girl when they first watched Wes Craven's 1996 horror, but the director offed her in the opening moments leaving Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott to face down Ghostface. »
All due respect to "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" fans (Rip Leonard Nimoy), but "Alien" is easily my favorite sci-fi franchise of all time. Why do I love it? Try Sigourney Weaver at her most bad-ass. Try H.R. Giger's incredible Xenomorph, the most oddly beautiful creation in movie-monster history. Try Stan Winston's jaw-dropping Alien Queen. Try the fact that every single movie in the series tried something unique and different. Hell, I even admire aspects of the widely-reviled "Alien: Resurrection," including the infamous Newborn! Can't help it: there is something wildly, transcendently strange about that albinic monstrosity. That said, the first two films in the franchise are clearly the best, and the crazy thing is I can't even really compare them. They're too different! Ridley Scott's claustrophobic original gave way to full-tilt action in James Cameron's followup, and while my loyalties have shifted over the years »
- Chris Eggertsen
Yesterday it was reported that Neill Blomkamp ias pulling a Bryan Singer and ias looking to retool the Alien franchise by ignoring the continuity of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection by setting his upcoming movie after the events of Aliens. This would allow him to use Micheal Biehn’s Hicks, who was seen in the concept art released back in January.
In an interview with French outlet AlloCine to promote Chappie, Blomkamp reaffirmed his position on the franchise and his new movie means for the series
- Luke Owen
It's a good day to be a replicant: "Blade Runner," one of the most beloved and highly influential science fiction films of all time, will finally be getting its long-discussed sequel, set to shoot in the summer of 2016. And what's more - Harrison Ford will be back as futuristic private eye Rick Deckard in a story set "several decades" after the original film.
And, to add icing onto the cake, the producers have picked out probably the best filmmaker for this material not named Ridley Scott (and depending on your thoughts on Scott's return to the "Alien" franchise, "Prometheus," this could be a better choice) - "Prisoners" filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. In short: this movie is going to be awesome.
- Drew Taylor
After directing a new "Alien" film, called "Prometheus," director Ridley Scott signed on to direct a sequel to his "Blade Runner" sci-fi film. But recently came word that he won't be directing, just producing. Today, Alcon Entertainment has announced that Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) is in final negotiations to direct "Blade Runner 2" and that Harrison Ford is confirmed to reprise his role of Rick Deckard. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. "We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on 'Prisoners,'" said Alcon Entertainment. "Hampton [Fancher, writer of original film] and Michael [Green], with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn't be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team." »
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In an interview with The Guardian, Blomkamp has said that he will “categorically” not feature the Ripley 8 clone from Alien Resurrection in his new chapter. These seems to lend credence to the widespread supposition that he’s going to wipe away the two more recent Alien sequels. It’s something I blogged about here earlier today, even.
Does this mean he’ll let those films be undone incidentally, absolving himself of responsibility because they’re just collateral damage? That’s a cynical reading of his comments, »
- Brendon Connelly
Harrison Ford is getting a late-in-life career boost by recreating all the projects that made him famous in the first place.
First he came back for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, then he reprised his iconic role as Han Solo for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Now, it looks like he’ll be donning his rain soaked trench coat once more for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel.
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The original film, directed by Ridley Scott, was set in a futuristic Los Angeles and focused on android-hunting police officer Rick Deckard (Ford), who struggles with the questions of morality and what it really means to be human.
Released in 1982, the film faced initially poor reviews and a tepid box office performance. After the release of Scott’s Director’s Cut in 1992 the film began to get the recognition it deserved as a critical piece of sci-fi »
Blomkamp's concept art from back in January indicated that his film would be a direct follow-up to 1986's "Aliens" and would appear to ignore the events of both "Alien 3" and "Alien Resurrection". This week Blomkamp essentially confirmed that.
"My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that's connected to Alien and Aliens. That's my goal. I'm not trying to undo Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, I just want it to be connected to Alien 1 and 2."
How exactly this will take place is unclear. Sigourney Weaver says Blomkamp had a »
- Garth Franklin
After all these years, the story of Rick Deckard will continue. A Blade Runner sequel started to pick up steam back in 2011 when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to direct. While Scott is still creatively involved, it has been revealed that he'll be passing the torch to another director. What is still a big surprise, even after his involvement in the latest Star Wars film, is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Deckard:
Press Release via /Film: "Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2015 — Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the »
- Jonathan James
Anyone who doubts the lasting power of Ridley Scott's early work need only look at the headlines this week to see how everything old seems to be new again. Neill Blomkamp made headlines for being the first major studio filmmaker to ever win a job via Instagram, and he's been making fans crazy by talking about his approach to the upcoming "Alien" sequel. Does it ignore "Alien3" and "Alien: Resurrection" completely? Does it exists in some side universe? Where does "Prometheus 2," which everyone swears is still happening, fit into those plans? The information is a lot more concrete when it comes to the "Blade Runner" sequel, thanks to a press release just now that confirms that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard, a move that will confound and confuse at least one of my kids, and director Denis Villenueve is in negotiations now to direct. »
- Drew McWeeny
Deadline is reporting that at long last, the Blade Runner sequel has been confirmed, with Harrison Ford set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Unfortunately, Ridley Scott will not return as director, but in his place will be Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve.
The plan is for production to get underway in summer 2016 with Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green penning the script. Plot details are, of course, scarce, but from what we understand the sequel will take place several decades after the events of the original (which makes sense given Ford’s age).
“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most »
- Matt Joseph
Neill Blomkamp's untitled Alien movie has gone from "thing no one knew existed" to "hypothetical reality" to "oh, this is actually happening" in seemingly record time. Let's recap the timeline: January 1, 2015 - Neill Blomkamp shares ten pieces of concept art for an Alien movie he dreamed up, even though 20th Century Fox had no idea he was working on it. February 10, 2015 - Blomkamp tells Uproxx that Fox wants to make the movie, but that now he's not sure he wants to even do it. February 18, 2015 - Blomkamp has made up his mind. He's doing the movie. February 25, 2015 - Sigourney Weaver talks about how excited she is for the project. Blomkamp confirms that it will take place directly after James Cameron's...
- Peter Hall
It has been a slow build to the "Blade Runner" sequel. As recently as December, Ridley Scott wasn't sure if he was going to return to helm the followup to his science fiction masterpiece. Although we know now that he isn't going to direct the sequel, we couldn't be happier with his replacement. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Oscar-nominee Denis Villeneuve —whose excellent resumé includes "Incendies," "Prisoners," and "Enemy"— will direct the sequel. Furthermore, Harrison Ford is officially confirmed to return, reprising his role as Deckard. And while story details are scare, a press release reveals that the followup will take place several decades after the events of the first film. At one time, Scott tossed around the idea that the worlds of "Blade Runner" and "Alien" might be connected —which is a pretty terrible idea that we hope screenwriters Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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