Later this year, Sir Ridley Scott will return to the Alien universe he first visited in 1979 with a follow up to his 2012 science fiction adventure Prometheus, now titled Alien: Covenant. Though this will be a step towards eventually catching up with the Alien continuity, it will still be the direct descendent of Prometheus, but while it will bring back some key pieces from that film, there will be one noticeable absence: Noomi Rapace. Scott and the Alien: Covenant crew are preparing to film in Australia later this year, but when that commences, Noomi Rapace, who starred in the first film and is one of two characters who survived the conclusion, will not make an appearance. Ridley Scott told Yahoo Australia that the Swedish actress will not reprise her role, and that they are "still casting" the main roles. The 36-year-old actress played Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, the leader of a late »
If you’ve ever picked up a camera, tried to wrangle actors, or sat down to write a script, you know that making movies is not an easy endeavor. There are a lot of moving pieces and continual obstacles to overcome, and even those who’ve been at it a while admit it’s difficult. This even includes some filmmakers who make it look almost effortless, like Ridley Scott, who recently revealed how hard the process is, and why he loves it so much. Over the course of his career, Ridley Scott has delivered some true classics, like Alien and Blade Runner, and some modern marvels, like 2015’s The Martian. But even with more than 35 directorial credits on his resume, with more in the works, and over a hundred producing bows, Sir Ridley told The Guardian that making a movie is still really damn hard. He »
Just how many xenomorphs can we expect in Alien: Covenant? Director Ridley Scott already promised multiple variations of the vicious alien creatures in the forthcoming Prometheus sequel -- “We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy," he promised The Wrap -- but if this new casting call put out by Australian talent agency McTv is any indication, we could be looking at multiple full-grown xenomorphs in the film. Here's the breakdown: Age Range: 8-40 Physical Attributes: Skinny and very tall and skinny and very short but strong and very physically agile. Other Skills: Fast in Movement. Acrobats, Dancers, Gymnasts, Contortionist, Cirque du Soleil type performers As die-hard fans of Scott's original Alien know, that film's xenomorph was played in large part by 6'10" Bolaji Badejo, a London-based design student who was hired for his tall, thin frame. For scenes requiring more specialized physical movement, the creature »
- Chris Eggertsen
Ridley Scott is getting set to dive back into the Alien world he helped create. While Prometheus was his first foray back into that world, it was treated almost as a separate story that gradually tied more and more into the original series of films. This time, with Alien: Covenant, Scott will be firmly rooted back in the world of the Xenomorphs, hence why it's no longer titled Prometheus 2. This will be an Alien movie, folks. Directed by Ridley Scott.
The film is set to enter production in April and, as such, casting is underway. Avp Galaxy has gotten its hands on the first official casting call for the film, which is seeking a group of actors with unique skills. Read for yourself:
"[Seeking] skinny and very tall or skinny and very short, but strong and very physically agile. [Performers who are] fast in movement, acrobats, dancers, gymnasts, contortionists, Cirque du Soleil-type performers. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The Martian represents Sir Ridley Scott‘s grand return to science-fiction and what a return. Unfortunately, the director behind Blade Runner and Alien was not nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. But that’s no matter, as his inspiring, exciting, and funny “comedy” (as the Golden Globes called it) will stand the test of time. Drew Goddard‘s (The Cabin in the Woods) script […]
- Jack Giroux
Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling will step in front of the cameras for the Blade Runner sequel this July, as Alcon Entertainment has officially marked that month for the beginning of principal photography, with Warner Bros. Pictures now on board to release the film in North America and Sony set for international distribution:
Press Release (via The Playlist): Los Angeles, CA, January 25, 2016 – Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute Alcon Entertainment’s follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner in all overseas territories in all media; with Warner Bros. Pictures distributing in North America and Canada through its output agreement with Alcon, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the film starring Ryan Gosling (The Big Short) and Harrison Ford (Star Wars) who is reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green »
- Derek Anderson
Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute Alcon Entertainment's follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner in all overseas territories in all media. Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing in North America and Canada through its output agreement with Alcon, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The studios have still not set a release date for the Untitled Blade Runner Project quite yet, but the official announcement did confirm that production is set to begin in July 2016.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the Untitled Blade Runner Project starring Ryan Gosling (The Big Short) and Harrison Ford (Star Wars) who is reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, »
The time is fast-approaching for any longstanding bets of a Blade Runner sequel to be paid up. Despite the practically interminable development time (almost 35 years) the film has had, it looks like momentum has finally caught for Blade Runner 2, as Alcon Entertainment, Sony, and WB have finally announced that the film will begin shooting this coming July.
That's right. While all of us are kicking back watching The Bfg, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek Beyond, Blade Runner 2 will officially be in production. On board as director is Denis Villenueve, who has been on a role with films like Prisoners and Sicario. Returning to the franchise will be Harrison Ford, who seems to be making a pretty penny off of long-awaited sequels as of late, and joining the Blade Runner mythos will be talented pretty boy Ryan Gosling.
Check out the official press release below:
"Los Angeles, CA, January 25, 2016 – Sony Pictures Releasing »
- Joseph Medina
You’d think that the week that saw the unveiling of the Oscar nominations would see a monopoly on coverage across the Internet’s biggest film sites. While it’s true that a storm brewed quickly over the inevitable snubs – racially motivated or otherwise – there was a lot more besides the celebrations and outrage to delight and horrify movie fans.
The comic book movie machine marches on, with new revelations about Marvel, Fox and DC’s biggest projects, and there were potentially massive reveals for Star Wars, Fast & Furious and Alien. And remarkably, it all sounds like good news – especially the suggestion that Marvel’s greatest cult hero might be about to get the worthy stand-alone he’s needed for years.
Behold, the biggest revelations from the last seven days in movie news…
12. Darth Vader Is Back In Rogue One LucasFilm
According to industry leading site Making Star Wars, »
- Simon Gallagher
As Ridley Scott gears up to go into production on his Prometheus sequel / Alien prequel Alien: Covenant, the filmmaker spoke to Coming Soon about the project at the Golden Globes, stating that he is shooting for a “hard R” with the film, and is looking to top the chestburster scene in Alien with something “much worse”.
“I think I’m going to do a pretty hard R,” states Scott. “I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much worse. »
- Gary Collinson
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Guillermo del Toro will develop Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, with an eye toward directing the movie. As we noted in November 2014, John August has written the screen adaptation, based on a popular trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz that featured illustrations by Stephen Gammell. The filmmaker was recently attached to direct a remake of Fantastic Voyage, so it's not clear when this one might be made. [Deadline] Alien: Covenant: Director Ridley Scott is preparing to shoot Alien: Convenant, the next installment in the sci-fi series, and made his intentions clear about the adult tone of the movie he'll be making. "I’m going to do pretty hard R, pretty tough," he said. Referring to the infamous kitchen scene...
- Peter Martin
"Alien" is one of the series that's managed to maintain its hard-r edge throughout its many sequels. From film series like "The Expendables" and "Die Hard," There are plenty of examples of movies that started out as no-holds-barred affair, and have devolved into more accessible films. This has never been the case for "Alien." Even the prequel film, "Prometheus" went all-out, not only showing plenty of violence and gore, but also forcing us to sit through a self-inflicted c-section.
But can the "Alien" series retain that R rating for its next entry? In a backstage Golden Globes interview, director Ridley Scott, in response to the idea that he's one of the few directors making science fiction for adults, said, "That's why I'm doing it, dude. I’m going to do pretty hard-r. Pretty tough." This, of course, is in reference to the upcoming "Prometheus" sequel, "Alien: Covenant."
Scott went on »
- Joseph Medina
Speaking backstage at the Golden Globes last weekend ahead of flying out to Sydney for filming on the new 'Alien,' Scott revealed a few details about his plans for the picture and confirmed he's aiming for a "pretty hard R" rating:
"I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn't sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I'm going to try and do that again this year, »
- Garth Franklin
Untitled Blade Runner Sequel
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Following his expertly crafted studio pulp items such as Prisoners (2013) and this year’s Sicario, we’re excited to see what Denis Villeneuve will bring to the long gestating sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner. While Scott’s been busy juggling his planned trio of Alien prequels, a screenplay from original writer Hampton Fancher has received a co-writing credit from Alien: Covenant’s Michael Green. Notably, Harrison Ford is also on board, joined by matinee idol Ryan Gosling. As Villeneuve finishes up post-production on his 2016 title Story of Your Life, he’s confirmed pre-production is well under way for what he cites as his dream project.
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros. (domestic/international).
Release Date: The sequel is expected »
- Nicholas Bell
With the exception of Alien vs Predator, a movie that has been all but forgotten thanks to some voluntary worldwide hypnosis that you don’t remember, the Alien series has trafficked in just enough extreme violence to warrant R-ratings on each and every entry. The original 1979 film, its three increasingly wonky sequels, and the 2012 prequel Prometheus have […]
- Jacob Hall
Ridley Scott's multiple Oscar nominated film The Martian, screenplay by Drew Goddard, stars Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney with Jessica Chastain as Commander Melissa Lewis in charge of Nasa's mission to Mars. Dariusz Wolski's cinematography, Arthur Max's production design, Harry Gregson-Williams' score, mixed with The O'Jays, Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, Donna Summer, Vicky Sue Robinson, Abba and David Bowie's Starman add to the journey. The director of Alien starring Sigourney Weaver, Blade Runner with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young, and Prometheus with Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron, is also a dog man.
The Martian: "You'd be amazed what the equipment's like … "
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Surprisingly left out of the Best Director mix in the Oscar nominations announced yesterday, the silver lining for Ridley Scott is that there will be no distractions as he gears up to start production on "Alien: Covenant." As he has been for a while now, he's very confident about the "Prometheus" follow-up that will eventually connect to the first "Alien" movie, and says he won't be holding anything back. Read More: Retrospective: The Films Of Ridley Scott In fact, Scott revealed following the Golden Globes that he'll be going for “a pretty hard R” rating for the movie, which perhaps isn't such a big deal since "Alien vs. Predator" is the only movie in the franchise to have been released with a PG-13 stamp. But more than all of that, Scott is aiming to top the famous chestburster scene from "Alien." Reflecting on the first film, Scott says that during the previews of "Alien, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After Ridley Scott won a Golden Globe for The Martian, talk backstage turned to his next film, Alien Covenant. The 78 year old director revealed that he's going to tackle the next Alien movie in a very different way. "I think I'm going to do a pretty hard R." He then revealed how the first Alien (1979) inspired his decision to make "Covenant", scarier than most films in the franchise. "I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much »
For years people have been speculating about a Cloverfield sequel. Where did the monster come from? Was it killed at the end? How did Rob and Beth’s Coney Island date end? These were lingering questions that begged answers in some form. Probably a new found footage movie from the point of view of the military, or perhaps that guy on the Brooklyn Bridge we see for a second shooting another, equally exciting document of the monster’s attack. But, after eight years of silence, any follow-up looked dead in the oily water; director Matt Reeves moved on to the Planet Of The Apes and J.J. Abrams, well, did Star Wars.
But no – in a move more audacious than the title-less reveal of the original, we’ve just learned that not only does a new movie exist, titled 10 Cloverfield Lane and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Sir Ridley Scott may have been snubbed in yesterday’s Oscar nominations, but he has plenty to help take his mind off that. Next up for the prolific filmmaker is Alien: Covenant, the long anticipated (and delayed) sequel to Prometheus and prequel to his original Alien movie. Talking after the Golden Globes this Sunday, the director dropped
- Josh Wilding
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