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Director Ridley Scott is in a good mood! And why not: The Martian, his most recent production, has received critical acclaim and topped the box office this past weekend. So the filmmaker is ready to talk about his next film, Alien: Paradise Lost, a follow-up to his Alien prequel Prometheus. Scott confirmed that the sequel will begin with survivors Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender on their way to the home world of a mysterious alien race known as the Engineers. In an interview with Awards Campaign, Scott stated: “It’s going to be its own separate thing because they are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster. And they will be in that alien craft that takes them there, but with a new group...
- Peter Martin
I really enjoyed watching The Martian when I was sitting in the theater, but that love has faded quickly in the days since. There’s a high amount of amazing spectacle and suspense to keep audiences engaged but there’s an emotional emptiness to the film that makes it feel inconsequential in the long term and hurts the film. Ten minutes after I thought it was an Oscar contender released too early, two days after it feels like just another movie, and in a couple months I doubt I’ll be thinking about it at all. I suppose this is what Ridley Scott is these days and it’s so sad that the man who made Blade Runner and Alien is making such hollow science fiction these days.
The set pieces on display in The Martian are as good as anything I’ve seen this year. From Martian sandstorms to »
- Arthur Tebbel
Unless you're Meryl Streep or Jennifer Lawrence, there aren't a lot of great roles for women in Hollywood. This isn't brand new information, and lately a number of actresses have spoken out about the problem.
As if that wasn't enough, many of cinema's most iconic heroines - the roles that we hold up as evidence to the contrary - were actually written with men in mind, before an enterprising actress or director stepped in to flip the script. And so, in honour of our favourite leading lady Sigourney Weaver turning 66, here are six times that approach paid off...
Catchily titled The Far-Reaching Philosophy of Edwin A Salt, Kurt Wimmer's initial draft of the spy thriller featured a male lead whom Tom Cruise almost played, until he passed because it felt too close to his Mission: Impossible role. The script was then rewritten after studio exec Amy Pascal »
It may have a shiny new name, Alien: Paradise Lost, but the film will still follow on the heels of Ridley Scott.s 2012 sci-fi film Prometheus. We.ll get to see what happens to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the humanoid robot David (Michael Fassbender) after they blast off, continuing their search for the creators of humanity. However, they won.t be the only travellers on this particular road, there.s going to be some new fodder for whatever alien creation they encounter. On the publicity trail stumping for his The Martian, Sir Ridley has frequently been asked about his upcoming adventure in the Alien world. Talking to Awards Campaign, the subject came up again, and he shed some light on the nature of the new movie and who will populate it. He said: It.s going to be it.s own separate thing because they are going to »
With each passing day, Ridley Scott provides another morsel of info about the suddenly expansive "Alien" movie universe, and what's coming down the line. We already have a title for the "Prometheus" sequel — "Alien: Paradise Lost" — and we know that it's first down the pipeline, with Blomkamp's effort to follow, which Scott will be producing. But it seems both movies are coming to us much faster than anticipated. The rumor thus far was that "Alien: Paradise Lost" would drop in 2017, with "Alien: Blomkamp-ed" coming in 2018, but you might want to move those timelines forward. "I’m actually going to be working again with Michael Fassbender in February on 'Prometheus 2.' It’s written, so I’m not chugging along and trying to work out where we’re going to do it," he told The Daily Beast. "With something like that, it’s six-month prep. We’re going to call it 'Alien: Paradise Lost. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The first of three planned sequels to Prometheus was recently titled Alien: Paradise Lost, suggesting that it will unquestionably tie into the Alien universe. Ridley Scott is returning to direct, and while he prepares to do just that, he revealed… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
Last month, while doing press for The Martian, Ridley Scott dropped a bombshell, revealing that the title for his Prometheus sequel is Alien: Paradise Lost. Many fans were disappointed that 2012's Prometheus didn't have a strong enough connection to his original 1979 classic Alien, but this new title sparked a flurry of both speculation and excitement. We know that Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace (Elizabeth Shaw) and Michael Fassbender (David) will reprise their roles, and continue their quest to find the Engineers. During an interview with Awards Campaign, Ridley Scott teased that they won't be alone on this journey. When asked if his sequel will retain the same look as Prometheus, he had this to say.
"It's going to be it's own separate thing because they are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster. And they will be in »
No one in the universe wants a sequel to Prometheus more than director Ridley Scott, who has been talking about a follow-up to his Alien prequel ever since it left audiences baffled and divided three years ago. Now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, the film that once was Prometheus 2 has charted a course for an early 2016 […]
The post ‘Alien: Paradise Lost’ Will Introduce New Explorers to Get Mercilessly Slaughtered in Space appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Do you recall the moment in Prometheus when an accomplished group of scientists, completely disregarding the potential threat from spores, bacteria and other such nasties, remove their helmets in an alien environment? How about the scene in which Jackson and Millburn go up close and personal with an unknown snake-like being? Yep, it’s fair to say that for all of the brainy and intellectual questions posited by Ridley Scott’s 2012 Alien offshoot, it’s leading crew members bordered on the unwatchable.
Fear not, though, for Scott has revealed that the film’s hot-button sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost, will introduce a new group of travellers alongside Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace – who return as the headless android David and Elizabeth, respectively.
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Plotting course for the home world of the Engineers, last we seen of Fassbender and Rapace’s characters they had hijacked the alien ship »
- Michael Briers
With 23 films over the last 38 years, Ridley Scott has barely had time to slow down and he’s already planning to shoot his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost, early next year. As for his latest, The Martian, it’s shaping up to be his biggest success yet with a $100 million-plus opening weekend worldwide and widespread acclaim from audiences and critics. For those that are looking to go behind the scenes of the the making of the film, as well as his entire career, we’re featuring a batch of extensive conversations he’s taken part in.
“Matt [Damon] called me ‘Two Take Charlie,'” Scott told EW with a laugh, revealing he shot the film in a brisk 72 days. “The key is to know what you’re doing. If you do 90 takes it means you don’t really know what you want. Also, the key in doing my job is to »
- Leonard Pearce
"I'm in a groove now," the venerated director Ridley Scott said of his career as we sat down to record this podcast last Friday, the day on which his latest film, the space-set dramedy The Martian, opened nationwide and was greeted with rave reviews en route to topping the box-office with a weekend gross of $54.3 million. The 77-year-old Brit has been making acclaimed and popular films for 38 years — films as eclectic as 1979's Alien, 1982's Blade Runner, 1991's Thelma & Louise, 2000's Gladiator and 2001's Black Hawk Down. He's been nominated for the best director Oscar three
- Scott Feinberg
For a big budget movie about a lone astronaut who gets stranded on Mars, the spacesuits in The Martian are surprisingly sober in terms of design. There is an attempt here to make everything seem as plausible as possible, costume design especially. Director Ridley Scott’s regular costumer Janty Yates has created possibly the sexiest spacesuits ever seen on screen, and what’s more they are functional. To paraphrase a line in the film, she had to “science the shit out of them”.
Yates collaborated with Nasa looking specifically at their Z1 and Z2 prototypes to create an Eva (‘Extravehicular Activity’ – any time the crew must go outside) suit and surface or ‘bio’ suit (worn on Mars). The surface suit is similar to the blue under-suits she created for Scott’s near future set Prometheus in 2012, although further grounded in reality. The Prometheus under-suits could, in theory, monitor functioning levels of the human body, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
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After discussing them this summer, George Miller tells Top Gear he’s in talk with WB for the Mad Max: Fury Road sequels, but first he says, “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”
Listen to our own Nick Newman discuss the career of Hong Sang-soo on the latest episode of The Auteur Museum:
- TFS Staff
The stellar $55 million box-office debut of “The Martian” this weekend marks a return to form for Ridley Scott, and raises the prospect that the acclaimed director could be in line to take another run at his first Oscar victory. Academy voters don’t — at least consciously — factor box-office performance in when they make nominations, but broad commercial success drives buzz and certainly can’t hurt. “The Martian” is Scott’s best sci-fi opening ever, ahead of “Prometheus,” “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” and second overall only to “Hannibal,” which rolled out to $58 million in 2001. Also Read: Matt Damon's 'The Martian' Soars. »
- Todd Cunningham
With Ridley Scott committed to the "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Paradise Lost" and with plans for potentially two more films that would link back up with the "Alien" franchise, it raises an obvious question.
That being how in the hell does Neil Blomkamp's direct "Aliens" sequel fit into all this and how will Scott's plans affect it? We know Scott is producing the Blomkamp film which will come sometime after 'Paradise Lost', and speaking with Empire this week he suggests the film will take the almost three decades since "Aliens" release into consideration:
"I'm producing [Blomkamp's movie]. It's designed to go next after ['Alien: Paradise Lost']. ["His version] is more associated with Ripley. It's coming from a completely different angle. It's kind of more of a sequel… after, after after. I'm coming at it from the back end."
Scott says he's keen to make two films a year going forward, likely one major and one quick smaller film »
- Garth Franklin
This week, Neil Calloway suggests some films that would work well as TV shows…
With the new series of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now underway, the Limitless TV show having just debuted in the Us, and talk of a Game of Thrones movie being made (later denied). There’s even a TV show (the second, following a short-lived 1990 show) of the John Hughes/John Candy classic Uncle Buck coming soon. Add in the Minority Report TV show, and the just announced Lethal Weapon series and we have truly entered the age of the TV and film crossover.
The line between TV and film is growing smaller. The “small screen” is no longer seen as a step down from the cinema, largely because our TVs are no longer small, and people are watching what awful people call “content” in the same way – streaming it to their TV, laptop or tablet. Martin Scorsese, »
- Neil Calloway
With the recent title change of the Prometheus sequel to Alien: Paradise Lost, fans have been wondering what that means for Neill Blomkamp’s plans for Alien 5, a movie which will apparently pick up after Aliens (thereby forgetting the divisive third and fourth instalments of the franchise).
“I’m producing [Blomkamp’s movie]. It’s designed to go next after ‘Alien: Paradise Lost’. His version is more associated with Ripley. It’s coming from a completely different angle. It’s kind of more of a sequel… after, after after. I’m coming at it from the back end.”
So, they’re clearly going to be two very different movies, but it should be interesting to see how the »
- Josh Wilding
20th Century Fox’s release, which carries the fortuitous coincidence of Nasa’s recent discovery of water on Mars, is dominating moviegoing. Its opening day looks to take in $17 million, including $2.5 million at Thursday night previews — far above the $1.4 million from “Gravity” two years ago and the biggest preview gross since “Straight Outta Compton” pulled in $4.9 million in mid-August.
Ridley Scott’s action-adventure, starring Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, is launching amid strong reviews following last month’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, said that the initial “Martian” performance is impressive on several counts.
“Despite not being a sequel or a franchise film, it has truly captured the imagination of »
- Dave McNary
So, what’s going on with Neil Blomkamp’s “Alien 5” now that Ridley Scott is making “Alien: Paradise Lost,” a.k.a. “Prometheus 2,” and possibly planning two more films that connect to the original “Alien” film? Well, while there have been rumors that Scott was none too pleased when he first learned about Blomkamp’s pitch — especially since he’s still in the middle of his “Prometheus” spin-offs — he’s clearly come to Jesus with Fox and Blomkamp, will act as a producer on the film, and apparently the younger filmmaker’s movie will come sometime after "Alien: Paradise Lost." Read More: Ridley Scott Teases 'Alien: Paradise Lost' Will Have "Connections" With Ripley But what is “Alien 5” exactly? Blomkamp has said it picks up after the events of James Cameron's “Aliens,” so many have speculated that it acts as a kind of wedged-in retcon that basically »
- Edward Davis
Though it’s by no means a horror film, fans of Ridley Scott’s previous outer space adventures like Alien and Prometheus will surely want to check out The Martian, now in theaters. Not your cup of tea? Rather stay at home?… Continue Reading →
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- John Squires
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