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It influenced Stephen King's seminal horror novel, The Shining, and was the basis for a 1976 film starring Karen Black and Oliver Reed. Valancourt Books is now paying tribute to one of the most notable haunted house stories ever put to paper with their new edition of Robert Marasco's Burnt Offerings, featuring an introduction by Stephen Graham Jones. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, we have an excerpt from the 1973 horror novel in our latest round-up, along with details on how you can be a volunteer at this year's Stanley Film Festival and a look at images from the Great Lakes-set horror film, The Dark Below, which recently wrapped principal photography.
- Derek Anderson
Despite a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Chappie director Neill Blomkamp still would have you believe that he is the right man to have behind the wheel of the Alien franchise. But there’s one part of the film series that he’ll have to steer clear of: Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2. "I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit," Blomkamp revealed to Empire in a recent interview. “One thing that makes me feel good about it,” the filmmaker continued, “is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make.” The filmmaker also told the UK publication that he has a title for his new film, and it’s not Alien 5. "I sent...
- Phil Pirrello
Neill Blomkamp revealed his ideas for a new Alien movie, and soon after his deal to make them a reality, during the promotional runup to his latest film, Chappie. Now that Chappie has been out for a couple weeks, all the focus is likely to go to Alien in the months going forward. And in a […]
- Russ Fischer
Speculation is and will continue to swirl around Neill Blomkamp’s as-yet-untitled Alien sequel until either 20th Century Fox or the director himself divulges more information as to what we can expect. And while we’re still a long way out from a release date or even an official synopsis, the filmmaker has shared some intriguing tidbits about his approach to the sci-fi franchise and, crucially, how his installment won’t “tread on the toes” of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2.
Speaking to Empire, here’s what the South African director had to say about the film existing in the same space as Scott’s sequel and how the two filmmakers have been collaborating on Blomkamp’s vision.
“I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit,” reveals Blomkamp. “One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the »
- Michael Briers
Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson's three-and-a-half-minute concept video has already notched up 1.2 million views on Vimeo and hundreds of thousands of plays on YouTube.
Set in the early 22nd century, the film centres around slaves used to harvest the produce that mankind develops across the many worlds it has colonised.
The colonisation has been made possible since travel has become faster than the speed of light.
X Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg has also signed up for The Leviathan, according to Deadline.
Anyone worried Alien 5 might take Prometheus 2 off course shouldn't be. The upcoming Xenomorph thriller from Neill Blomkamp will actually help tell the story of Prometheus 2 in the long run, as the director promises not to 'step on' Ridley Scott's toes. It also helps that Scott is producing both entries in the long running sci-fi horror franchise. Neill Blomkamp recently chatted with Empire, where he discussed how welcoming Ridley Scott was to the whole project. He also revealed more about the impending title reveal, and that he has changed his Alien so that it will fall in line with what is being planned for Prometheus 2:
"I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping 'Prometheus' a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make."
I'd say it's fair to call Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) a visionary filmmaker, but as far as him being a quality storyteller, that's another thing. So, it's safe to say I'm a little wary of his upcoming Alien feature, which he recently discussed with Empire (via Den of Geek) and has said a few changes had to be made because Ridley Scott felt it "was bumping Prometheus 2 a little bit." Blomkamp made the change to minimize any kind of conflict with the Prometheus sequel. He also adds there is already a title for the film that is "kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title." I'm not entirely sure what that means considering we're going to know the title sooner or later, but it seems safe to assume it isn't Alienses. As for any kind of plot, so far all he's said »
- Brad Brevet
Traditionally there have been long gaps between Alien sequels, but xenomorph fans are in hog heaven right now with the idea that both Neill Blomkamp’s untitled Alien 5 and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 are being concurrently developed. In a new interview with Empire, Blomkamp let it be known that his sequel will not, in his…
- Max Evry
By now we should all know that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp is planning to make a fifth Alien movie. He released some concept art via Instagram earlier this year and bam! Shortly after, the sequel was officially announced. But with Prometheus 2 in the works for 2016, will the new Alien overlap with what Ridley Scott.s planning? Blomkamp recently opened up about his endeavor in the latest issue of Empire magazine, and he promises he won.t "tread on the toes" of Prometheus 2. To keep from doing so, he had to make a change to his story. I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make. Hmm. What could it be? Prometheus ended with Noomi Rapace.s Elizabeth »
"I changed the one thing (Ridley) felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit," he told Empire.
"Where it went after Aliens to me, as a fan, was wrong," he said. "There's a s**tload missing as a fan that I would want to see."
It has already been confirmed that in addition to the "Prometheus" franchise, 20th Century Fox has greenlit a new "Alien" installment, which will be directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie). Blomkamp previously said that the new movie will take place after James Cameron's "Aliens." And in a new interview with Empire magazine, he revealed that it won't get in the way of what Ridley Scott is doing with "Prometheus." "I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping 'Prometheus' a little bit," confirmed Blomkamp. The director also said that he already came up with a title for the new movie, but isn't ready to reveal it yet. "It's kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title," he teased. And regarding the story... Blomkamp mentioned: "Where it went after 'Aliens' to me, as a fan, was wrong." The new film »
From what we’ve heard so far about Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, it’s going to take place after Aliens, but will not undo the work of Alien3 or Alien: Resurrection. According to Sigourney Weaver, she was convinced to do the movie while he told her the story he had planned out during the production of Chappie.
Well, it looks like that story may now have changed.
During an interview with Empire Magazine here in the UK, Blomkamp revealed that discussions between himself, 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott have made it clear that an element of his story needed to change as it would affect the plot of Scott’s own Prometheus 2.
“I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit,” Blomkamp said, adding that he has a title – but it would be a major spoiler to reveal it, “it’s kinda quite bold, but »
- Luke Owen
In the new issue of Empire - on shelves this Thursday, March 26 - Neill Blomkamp talks a little bit more about his plans for his new Alien movie, which won't, in his words, "tread on the toes" of franchise godfather Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus 2."I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit," reveals Blomkamp. "One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make."On top of this tantalising titbit, there was another intriguing aside from the South African sci-fi maven: Alien 5, as you might want to call it, will most likely not be called Alien 5."I sent the title I wanted to Ridley," says Blomkamp. "It's kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title. But in the event that it doesn't work, »
Later this year we'll get another sci-fi flick from director Ridley Scott, and we're hoping it's better than Prometheus. This time there's not the pressure of fitting into the Alien universe and living up to the hype as The Martian is based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir. Shooting is underway with the film slated for release this fall, and Weir himself seems to be involved on the set, or at least visiting the production as he's just posted a playful photo with Matt Damon. And if you look in the background, you can see a practical Mars rover on the set as well. It's hardly an official look at the film, but it's cool to see. Here's the photo from the set of Ridley Scott's The Martian from Andy Weir's Facebook (via Collider): The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, »
- Ethan Anderton
This story implies a spoiler for Alien 3.
Neill Blomkamp's proposed sequel to Alien has thrown up a degree of confusion over the past month or so. First of all, it was said that it was going to effectively sideline Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up after James Cameron's Aliens. Then, Blomkamp himself distanced himself ever so slightly from those comments, instead insisting that due respect would be paid to the third and fourth Alien films.
Well, a little bit more information has come to light in the new issue of Empire magazine.
Dipping one of his occasional toes into the waters of social media, Michael Biehn has confirmed that, as was widely expected and hoped, he will indeed be joining Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver on their surprise new jaunt to the Alien universe. Hicks is officially back. Let the nuking from space begin. It's the only way to be sure.As it turns out, Biehn actually made his announcement a couple of weeks ago, but it seems to have gone widely unnoticed because he hadn't made his Instagram profile public. He currently only has about 200 followers, which is insane. Everybody head to Instagram and follow Michael Biehn immediately!"It's official," Biehn says. "I will be reprising my role as 'Cpl.' (Not for long...) Dwayne Hicks. With the go-ahead, Hicks will return with Ripley in mid 2017. Perhaps Hicks and Ripley well eventually get to second base in this one..."Hicks is up for a promotion then? »
Here’s some news that’s bound to please fans of 80s sci-fi action! Michael Biehn has confirmed that he’s set to reprise the role of Corporal Duane Hicks from 1986’s Aliens in Neill Blomkamp’s as-yet-untitled Alien sequel.
Posting on Instagram in response to a comment about his scheduled appearance at Sheffield Film and Comic-Con in the UK, Biehn stated that, “I’m not looking at scheduling conflicts with the Sheffield Comic Con, due to my contract for Aliens to begin filming during then.”
Fan favourite Hicks was featured in the original concept art that Blomkamp posted for his then-unofficial Alien sequel, which has since been given the greenlight from Fox and will also see Sigourney Weaver back as Ripley.
Are you excited about the prospect of seeing Michael Biehn back on the big screen as Hicks? »
- Gary Collinson
Based on the gallery of concept artwork that the director unveiled earlier this year, his proposed movie takes place sometime after the events of the 1986 sequel Aliens. Those snaps included imagery of Lt. Ellen Ripley and Corporal Dwayne Hicks; the latter replete with scars from his final tussle with a xenomorph. While it’s expected that Sigourney Weaver will be back, what sparked the most excitement was the very presence of the steely marine. Partly because – and this is a big one – he dies offscreen before the events of Alien 3.
But hey, this is Hollywood! Anything goes in a creative industry, and Blomkamp’s enthusiasm for the first two instalments saw him focus his efforts on developing a movie that »
- Gem Seddon
By Mark Mawston
A great many people think Blade Runner is the greatest science fiction film ever made. It’s certainly one of the best; the Metropolis of its time when it comes to the realization of future cityscapes on film. Flying police cars aside, the main thing that rings true is that it was one of the first films to show a “used” future; a future where over-population and global warming feature as key elements. Of the four or so versions of the film that exist, from test print to original theatrical release to directors cut, the most complete, albeit with a running time of just one minute longer than some of the others, is that of The Final Cut, which the BFI have chosen to close its Days Of Fear And Wonder science fiction season. It is this version that has the Ridley Scott seal of approval and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The duo were confirmed for the sequel in February, just weeks after Blomkamp had fuelled interest in the project by posting production art on Instagram.
Weaver gave a coy answer when quizzed on the plot for the next Alien movie during an interview on SiriusXM's Town Hall Radio.
"Let's just put it this way, we've found the host and it's been embedded," she hinted, before adding: "It's gestated."
A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jan 1, 2015 at 6:06pm Pst
Among the production art posted by Blomkamp was an image that appeared to be a hybrid of a Xenomorph alien and Weaver's character Ripley.
Blomkamp recently insisted that Alien 5 will not ignore the events of the last two franchise films, »
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