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After the lackluster box office performance of Alien: Covenant, 20th Century Fox isn’t quite ready to give director Ridley Scott’s two proposed sequels the green light. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio will be taking steps to “reassess” the Alien series while Scott returns to the director’s seat for two upcoming feature films, All the Money in the World and The Cartel.
Covenant wasn’t by any means a box office flop, but it’s hard to argue that a franchise is on an upward trend when the previous film (Prometheus) made $170 million more than the latest installment. Covenant most likely made its money back, taking in a worldwide total of $232 million on a $97 million budget, but Fox clearly was hoping more people would flock to the theaters.
The Prometheus sequel posted a fine opening weekend number at the domestic box office; during its second weekend, »
- Justin Cook
Throughout the course of Alien: Covenant‘s prolonged development cycle, writer-director Ridley Scott ran the risk of putting the cart before the horse by indulging in his plans for multiple sequels – sequels that would go on to dovetail his Prometheus prequel saga with the original Alien movie that spawned a million nightmares back in ’79.
But in light of Covenant‘s less-than-stellar box office performance – $74 million domestic and $158m overseas for a combined total of $232m – 20th Century Fox has reportedly pumped the brakes on those ambitious franchise plans for the time being. As part of its midsummer analysis, one which revealed Channing Tatum to be an early frontrunner for Universal’s Van Helsing, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Fox is now in the process of “reassessing” the future of the Alien franchise, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for Scott’s aforementioned sequel plans.
Long before this particular development, the »
- Michael Briers
It appears the future of the Alien franchise is once again uncertain. Anticipation was mighty high for director Ridley Scott’s return with 2012’s Prometheus, and indeed despite some mixed reviews, the sci-fi pic grossed a hearty $403.3 million worldwide. Scott intended for Prometheus to relaunch the franchise in an intriguing way, but while he was busy making Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Martian, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp convinced Fox to give his own separate idea for an Alien movie a go. However, as soon as Scott got wind of this, he forged ahead with Prometheus 2, … »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s been a summer of franchises that might have made okay money (largely thanks to international ticket sales) but left audiences disappointed. “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “The Mummy,” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” all fall into that category, but “Alien: Covenant” is its own special thing. Not only was the sequel to “Prometheus“/prequel to “Alien” a box office disappointment (it earned nearly $200 million less than its predecessor worldwide), but it arguably severely damaged the brand.
- Kevin Jagernauth
When it comes to action figures inspired by fan favorite movies of the 1980s, the toy manufacturer Neca has been knocking it out of the park. They especially deserve praise for their spectacular line of toys based on both Ridley Scott’s original 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien, and their more recent ongoing line of figures […]
- Ethan Anderton
It’s unfortunate that Luc Besson’s latest multi-million dollar action spectacle is called “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” because the film is as much about its male hero (the eponymous Valerian, played by Dane DeHaan) as it is about his female partner, Laureline (Cara Delevingne). A long-time passion project of the filmmaker, Besson’s newest feature is based on the French sci-fi comics series “Valérian and Laureline,” written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières, a childhood favorite of Besson. Like the series that inspired it, the film follows a pair of “spatio-temporal agents” who are charged with keeping the peace across the universe.
Valerian may get title billing, but both DeHaan and Delevingne’s characters exist on very equal footing. Most of the time, it’s actually Laureline who saves the day when the notoriously hot-headed Valerian goes off the rails and biffs yet another important mission. »
- Kate Erbland
18 July 2017 8:38 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Writer-director James Cameron shows himself to be a careful study of the original film, reprising much of the original's basic concepts and structure. The film begins with Alien's sole survivors, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her cat, finally being picked up by a spaceship.
The company »
- THR Staff
Do you have what it takes to colonize a planet in deep space? You can find out at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, where Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will host an Alien: Covenant "Colonist Certification Test."
Press Release: The Alien universe comes to life at San Diego Comic-Con when the Alien: Covenant “Colonist Certification Test” arrives courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Fans will be given the opportunity to test their fortitude and attempt to be selected for Weyland-Yutani’s next colonization mission.
Those who enter the test will be subjected to rigorous standards like the crew of the Covenant had to endure, specifically testing their ability to handle tense situations. Upon completion of their assessment, guests will receive their own “Colonist Certification Badge,” and a set of collectible pins from Weyland-Yutani and the Covenant. Additionally fans will have a chance to pre-order their copy of Alien: Covenant on 4K Ultra HD, »
- Derek Anderson
Here’s the latest episode of the 365Flick podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on Podomatic and Libsyn, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.
365Flicks Podcast – Episode 80: Spider-Man Homecoming, Top 5 Re-Watchable Movies, Eat Locals and more!
Well guys we have fixed our Audio and be sound bloody great so we decided to treat you all with another jam packed awesome show. Once we get done with the intro and Banter we bring you all the News that has taken our interest this last few weeks with Joe Pesci coming out of retirement and Ridley Scott hinting at Ripley in his Alien prequels.
Then its Just the Pilot time with Fox show Shots Fired, How did we feel?? and would we keep watching??? Its review »
- Phil Wheat
Although the disappointing box office returns for Alien: Covenant may have harmed Ridley Scott’s hopes of a further four entries in his Alien saga. However, it seems he still intends on at least one more instalment to bring the franchise full circle, and during a recent Q&A he has now suggested using CGI to bring Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley back into the series.
“We’re heading toward the back end of the first Alien so [using CG] may be feasible. I don’t think it’ll… but Ripley’s going to be somebody’s daughter. Obviously. We’re coming in from the back end. The time constraints, of what’s the time between this film, where we leave David going off heading for that colony, I think you’re probably two films out from even considering her.”
Sigourney Weaver had been keen to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley »
- Gary Collinson
Neill Blomkamp wasn’t kidding about Oats Studios. After releasing the short alien thriller “Rakka” starring Sigourney Weaver and the alternate-history Vietnam War drama “Firebase” last month, the “District 9” director has just premiered “Zygote.” Dakota Fanning stars in the 23-minute sci-fi short, another in-house production from his new studio based in Vancouver. Watch below.
According to a Verge interview, “Zygote” was born of a simple idea Blomkamp had while en route from Vancouver to Toronto on a plane: “a monster made out of men.” That’s what Fanning has to contend with in his “The Thing”–inflected short, which carries a brief but evocative premise: “Stranded in an Arctic mine, two lone survivors are forced to fight for their lives, evading and hiding from a new kind of terror.”
Read More: Neill Blomkamp Reveals »
- Michael Nordine
As Ridley Scott continues in his quest to George Lucas-fy “Alien” into a big, unending, franchise property, what could’ve been with Neill Blomkamp‘s mooted “Alien” movie looks increasingly attractive. Granted, the director has a patchy track record, and even the string of experimental shorts he’s been releasing online have varied wildly in quality, but there’s no doubt that Blomkamp has a fertile imagination. Whether or not his idea for an “Alien” movie, which would’ve followed “Aliens” and ignored the rest of the canon, would’ve worked, it can’t be any worse than what “Prometheus” and “Alien: Covenant” have served up so far, right?
- Kevin Jagernauth
It looks like Neill Blomkamp’s ill-fated Alien 5 didn’t always feature series mainstay Ellen Ripley. In a recent interview with Funhaus, the director reveals that an encounter with Sigourney Weaver herself changed his mind completely…
“I met Sigourney on Chappie and I had a different idea for an Alien film I wanted to make. So I had this idea for a story set in the world of those two first films that was not a continuation of James Cameron’s. It was just in the world of it and it had a totally different character that was the lead character. Because my assumption was that Sigourney would just never make another one. I told her about it on Chappie and she was like ‘No, no, no! I actually would make another one because I felt like Ripley’s story didn’t end correctly.’”
“So I went back to Vancouver and, »
- Jordan Jones
- Mansoor Mithaiwala
Charlize Theron is paying tribute to her ass-kicking predecessors. The Oscar-winning actress is doing press for “Atomic Blonde,” set to bow in just a few weeks. While promoting the spy thriller, the “Mad Max: Fury Road” star recognized the women who helped pave the way towards her toplining an action pic — while also making it clear that Hollywood has a long way to go towards achieving gender equality, both on-screen and behind the scenes.
“I think we would be remiss not to acknowledge Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton,” Theron told Variety, referencing the women who portrayed the protagonists of the “Alien” and “Terminator” franchises, respectively. “We’ve had moments like this, where women really showcase themselves and kind of break glass ceilings. And then we don’t sustain it. Or there’s one movie that doesn’t do well, and all of a sudden, no one wants to make a female-driven film,” she observed. When a film about a man fails, the industry never questions if movies about men are profitable or considers the possibility of not making more movies with male protagonists. But Hollywood is infamous for its double standards — a fact Theron is unwilling to ignore.
“Look, I am ashamed that I’m part of an industry that has never allowed a woman to work with a budget higher than what the budget has been on ‘Wonder Woman,’” she said. “That’s so fucking caveman-like. I am always hoping that this is the movie that’s going to change it and keep it for us,” she explained.
“Wonder Woman” received the highest budget ever given to a live-action film directed by a woman, and has gone on to become the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman as well as the highest-grossing film directed solely by a woman (“Frozen,” co-directed by Jennifer Lee, grossed over $1.276 billion worldwide. “Wonder Woman” has taken home over $745 million globally so far.)
“I can’t take on the history of 50 percent of the population just because I’m a woman,” Jenkins said just before “Wonder Woman’s” release, an acknowledgment of the unfair expectations being placed on her — and the Gal Gadot-led film. Jenkins previously directed “Monster,” which starred Theron in an Oscar-winning performance.
Quote of the Day: Charlize Theron Is Ashamed of Hollywood’s Sexism was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
When Alien was released in 1979, it quickly became apparent that we had a bona fide cinematic icon on our hands. Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley – played by Sigourney Weaver – became the figurehead of what evolved into one of the most beloved science fiction franchises ever committed to celluloid. Indeed, she’s such a powerful character that even a drop into a furnace while her chest exploded could not kill her off. So, it stands to reason that every time Ridley Scott adds to the franchise with a prequel, he’s asked if we’re ever going to see Ripley again.
This is the question that was posed by an Instagram user recently, who then posted the interview snippet online for all to see. His query was based on the idea that Sigourney Weaver could be digitally de-aged – just as Marvel did with Robert Downey Jr in Captain America: Civil War – allowing »
- Sarah Myles
There are few films as perfectly formed as “Alien.” When the movie arrived in 1979, it announced that in space, no one can hear you scream, and it unraveled with great precision and terror, the story of the crew on a merchant vessel who are picked off by an alien. That’s it. We didn’t know the history of the creature or why it was a ruthless killing machine. It didn’t matter, and because we knew so little, it made the film that much more heart-pounding.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Playing an ass-kicking international spy can’t be easy, but Charlize Theron really suffered for her craft in “Atomic Blonde.” She twisted her knee, bruised her ribs and had to undergo extensive dental surgery, because she clenched down so hard on her jaw she cracked two teeth while getting in shape to throw burly men over her shoulders.
“It happened the first month of training,” Theron says. “I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life.” She thought it was just a cavity at first, until her dentist told her she’d need to have an operation before leaving for the shoot in Budapest. “Having to cut one of the teeth out and root canals,” Theron says. “It was tough. You want to be in your best fighting shape, and it’s hard. I had the removal and I had to put a donor bone in there to heal until I came back »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Author: Dave Roper
Science Fiction has been with us for as long as we’ve had cinema. Méliès made his Trip to the Moon, Lang built and displayed his dystopian Metropolis and Jules Verne’s rich science fiction novels fed into cinema’s early efforts to showcase the fantastical.
Thankfully, cinema’s relationship with science fiction has also generally proved to be intelligent and thought-provoking. Spectacle, as with the disaster epics of Irwin Allen’s 1970’s heyday, has always had its place, but alongside that films as diverse as Planet of the Apes, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Metropolis, Soylent Green and Invasion of the Body Snatchers gave us much to consider about human nature, society and our relationship with our fragile planet.
- Dave Roper
While the Alien franchise has been spending its time in the past, it's eyes are towards the Ripley laden future. In particular, Ridley Scott has some words about just how long we'll have to wait for such a day, which you can read inside. »
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