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Visionary director Ridley Scott reveals plans for two more Prometheus/Alien: Covenant sequels. We already now know that the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s Alien sidebar/prequel Prometheus has changed titles more times than a a Xenomorph changes its underpants and we know that the film will now be called Alien: Covenant. What we didn’t know – but…
- Chris Alexander
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
Ridley Scott is beginning pre-production work on his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant. Around the time of the release of Prometheus, Scott said that he thought that he was one film away from joining the story up to the beginning of 1979's Alien. He's now confirmed we've got a long longer to go.
At a press conference in Australia, Scott confirmed that Alien: Covenant and its two sequels will answer the "very basic questions posed in Alien: why the alien, who might have made it and where did it come from". Furthermore, the new movie is set to be "a very complex story" and "an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus".
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
At today's press conference in Sydney announcing the planned start production on "Alien: Covenant" in Australia in March, filmmaker Ridley Scott also talked a bit about some far future projects he has planned.
First up, the "Blade Runner" sequel which he will write and which Denis Villeneuve will direct. Scott confirms that the film will be primarily shot on sound stages in Budapest, Hungary - the same facility which he shot "around 94%" of this year's sci-fi hit 'The Martian'". Additional shooting will take place in Beijing, China.
Then there's the two further "Alien" prequel films he intends to shoot after "Alien: Covenant". The Australian government committed a one off tax offset for "Alien: Covenant" to get the film made in Australia - raising it from 16% to 30%.
That raise is now under consideration to be made permanent for all productions with a decision to be made before May next »
- Garth Franklin
Ridley Scott confirmed that he is planning another two Prometheus sequels to follow Alien: Covenant before the Prometheus storyline meets up with the original 1979 Alien. Alien: Covenant and the following two films will be origin stories, answering the “very basic questions posed in Alien: why the alien, who might have made it and where did it come from?” Scott revealed at a press conference in Sydney where he is starting pre-production on Covenant, the first sequel to Prometheus. “Its a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1,” he said of
- Pip Bulbeck
Bride of Frankenstein: Angelina Jolie Pitt is under consideration to star in a new version of Bride of Frankenstein. A rebooted version of James Whale's 1935 horror classic will be part of a new shared universe that is being mapped out by writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan; the original featured the character of "the Bride" for only a few minutes of screen time, so major changes are evidently in store. Jolie Pitt is also being sought for a sequel to 2008 action movie Wanted. [THR] Image: Everett Alien 5: We heard recently that a proposed fifth installment in the Alien series had been placed on hold, pending the release of Ridley Scott's prequel Alien: Covenant in 2017 and any subsequent installments. In the meantime, Michael Biehn...
- Peter Martin
Icons of Fright recently sat down for an exclusive interview with veteran actor Michael Biehn to talk about his latest feature film, "24 Hour Rental." Biehn had the opportunity to work with legendary director James Cameron on three of his biggest blockbusters which included 1984's "The Terminator" (1984), "Aliens" (1986) and "The Abyss" (1989). Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") was announced earlier this year as the director for a new "Alien" film which would be a continuation from Cameron's "Aliens" sequel and feature the return of lead protagonist Ellen Ripley (Weaver) and Corporal Hicks (Biehn).
Biehn talked about the newly announced "Alien" film saying:
"They're talking about doing another "Aliens" movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney (Weaver) has come out and announced it. The basic idea is acting like "Alien 3" and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamps site, everyone can see all the artwork for that. »
- J.B. Casas
Potential "Alien: Covenant" Spoilers Ahead
An intriguing but completely unconfirmed rumor regarding Ridley Scott's upcoming "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Covenant" has gone up at Scified today which says that not one but Two xenomorph aliens will be seen in the upcoming film, and that Fassbender's android character David will play a part in creating one of them - a creature akin to the 'ultramorph' creation seen in Jon Spaihts' original script draft for "Prometheus":
"The movie will have two monsters, one is new and both are different yet similar to the Xeno DNA. The New Monster is a New Event, so it's nothing created before the Events of the end of the First movie.... it's created by an event in the movie... and this new monster is going to be based off of the original concept that Alien drew influence from.
This idea is something they had planned »
- Garth Franklin
Last week, 20th Century Fox confirmed that director Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel is called Alien: Covenant. It will tie into the overall Alien movie universe, and is considered the second chapter in a prequel trilogy. In the film, the crew of the colony ship Covenant is bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. Today, Scified has new insight into this plot, and their sources claim that two xenomorph aliens will be wrecking havoc in the movie. And yes, David, playing God, has a hand in creating one of them.
None of this information has been confirmed by the studio or Ridley Scott. So it's only being considered a rumor for now. »
Alien fans are living through a funny time. As Ridley Scott explores his "prequel" movies, Neil Blomkamp forges ahead with his delayed, but-feels-inevitable, Alien movie which will apparently completely ignore Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.
The big news? According to Michael Biehn, Blomkamp will see Newt back as his film's 27 year-old heroine.
In an interview with Icons of Fright, Biehn went into some details:
“They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old. I [Continued ...] »
There seemed to be a good deal of disappointment going around when Neill Blomkamp's plans for an Alien sequel were stuck on the shelf, in favor of Ridley Scott getting a clear runway to go ahead and make Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost Alien: Covenant. Fueled by the enthusiasm for a batch of cool concept art imagery, a segment of fans preferred something more Ripley-based if the series was going... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Back in February, it was confirmed that 20th Century Fox is moving forward with Alien 5, which has Neill Blomkamp set to direct and Ridley Scott producing. Unfortunately, we reported last month that Alien 5 has been put on hold indefinitely, so the studio and Ridley Scott can focus on making a sequel to Prometheus, now entitled Alien: Covenant. We first heard about Alien 5 in January, when Neill Blomkamp shared concept art illustrations that featured Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks from the 1986 sequel Aliens, with Michael Biehn revealing himself in March that he may come back as Hicks. The actor recently spoke with Icons of Fright, where he revealed that Alien 5 will feature an adult version of Newt, played by Carrie Henn in Aliens.
"I think when they put that out there and have pictures with me as Hicks again, people were excited and though I'm not into online stuff much, »
The only battle bigger than the one between humans and xenomorphs is the one between the films about humans and xenomorphs. Both Ridley Scott and Neill Blomkamp were working on their own films set in the Alien world. At this point it looks like Blomkamp.s movie is essentially dead until Scott is done making Prometheus 2 however, actor Michael Biehn just gave us some insight about what that movie was going to be about and it turns out it was going to focus on a familiar character, but not Ripley. In a recent interview, Biehn says that Blomkamp.s film would bring back two characters familiar to fans of James Cameron.s Aliens, his own Corporal Hicks and a grown-up Newt. From what Biehn tells Icons Of Fright, it sounds like the film would put Newt in the lead, allowing her to potentially take over the franchise from Sigourney Weaver. »
Back at the start of the year, it was announced that Neill Blomkamp (Chappie) would be directing a fifth instalment of the Alien franchise, which would see the return of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, along with Corporal Hicks, who was played by Michael Biehn in 1986’s Aliens.
However, last month it was revealed that Fox has put the project on hold due to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant, which is set to start production in February ahead of October 2017 release. Still, Biehn remains hopeful that Alien 5 will see the light of day, with the actor speaking about the project to Icons on Fright this past week.
“They’re talking about doing another Aliens movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney Weaver has come out and announced ,” states Biehn. “The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamp’s site, »
- Gary Collinson
For all the promise and budding potential it once showed, Neill Blomkamp’s vision for Alien 5 has effectively been shelved in order to clear a path for Ridley Scott’s upcoming sequel Alien: Covenant, which is now on course for a release in late 2017.
Couple this with the fact that Blomkamp himself has, at least for the time being, moved on to work on Fox’s adaptation of The Gone World and it would seem that we won’t be seeing the director’s dream project anytime soon – if at all. But perhaps in a reaction to this news, we’re beginning to learn more and more about Blomkamp’s pitch for the quasi-sequel, which would have subtly written off both Alien 3 and Alien 4.
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That’s according to Corporal Hicks himself, Michael Biehn, who spoke to Icons of Fright recently about the approach the »
- Michael Briers
In a new interview with Scified Michael Biehn has revealed some story details on Neil Blomkamp‘s stalled Alien movie, and the actor, who played Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Aliens, says that the movie will happen; Fox have just pressed pause for a while.
Here’s what he had to say.
“They’re talking about doing another Aliens movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney (Weaver) has come out and announced it. The basic idea is acting like ALIEN3 and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamp’s site, everyone can see all of the artwork for that. I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first and is going to be the executive producer on this one, »
- Paul Heath
Neill Blomkamp's delayed, and let's face, probably-not-happening-anytime-soon "Alien" movie certainly had an interesting notion. The picture would've politely side-stepped the events of "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection" and picked things up following "Aliens." How exactly that would work wasn't quite clear, but now, Michael Biehn — whose Corporal Hicks is featured in the concept art shared earlier in the year by Blomkamp — has revealed some of the basic ideas around what that movie would've been like. Chatting with Icons Of Fright, Biehn talked about the genesis of the movie, and some of the studio politics involved. "The basic idea is acting like 'Alien' 3 and 4 never existed... I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first and is going to be the executive producer on this one, so I’m really looking forward to that. I know that Ridley’s focus is on ['Alien: Covenant'] and I’m sure that he »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Alien movie universe is in a strange state of flux. Ridley Scott is pressing ahead with his Prometheus sequel, now called Alien: Covenant and scheduled for release in 2017. Director Neill Blomkamp's proposed sequel to Aliens, which would bring back Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn as Ripley and Hicks, is "kinda holding" to avoid clashing with Scott's own Alien movie.
With Alien: Covenant taking precedence, and Scott planning further movies in that particular franchise strand, it doesn't sound like great news for Blomkamp's pet project. But Alien 5 is far from dead, at least according to Michael Biehn, who's been talking to Icons Of Fright about the sequel and his other work.
"I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first," Biehn said, »
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