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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Did you know Neill Blomkamp’s got a new film out? Probably not, because, even though Chappie has been moderately successful, all everyone’s been talking about is the director’s recently announced Alien project. Part of that’s down to Chappie being a lazy cut-and-copy exercise from Blomkamp’s own earlier work, but mainly because his new Alien is the most exciting thing to happen to a franchise in years (and, after Alien: Isolation, that’s saying something).
Blomkamp released some unofficial concepts for a new Alien movie back in January and since then it’s gone from being some pretty polished fan art to a resuscitation of a presumed dead franchise; following the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his posts, 20th Century Fox announced they were going to actually make the movie, with both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn confirming they’d look to »
- Alex Leadbeater
House Of Cards’ Kate Mara is strengthening her ongoing relationship with Fox as the actress has now signed up to star in its upcoming sci-fi thriller Morgan. While this will be Mara’s third sci-fi collaboration with the studio, it’s touted as the first for its director, Luke Scott. Son of filmmaker Ridley Scott – who recently directed Mara in The Martian – Scott will make his break into features on the movie.
The forthcoming flick is set up at the studio via Scott Free Productions, with Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Elishia Holmes all on board to produce. The trio developed the pic in-house alongside Luke Scott and writer Seth Owen, whose screenplay landed on the 2014 Blacklist – a celebrated collection of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.
In its early stages, the sole scrap of story information on the pic also surfaced today:
“The story of Morgan centers on a »
- Gem Seddon
Like the genetic matter those brainy Engineers scatter about in Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s DNA is a potent filmmaking force in its own right. Two of his offspring, oldest son Jake (Welcome To The Rileys, Plunkett & Macleane) and daughter Jordan (Cracks), have already directed movies and now the third, Luke Scott, is joining them with his debut film Morgan. The sci-fi thriller has just added Kate Mara to its cast list.Mara will be joined by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy, who impressed Sundance audiences with her turn in buzzed-about horror The Witch. Morgan's plot focuses on a corporate risk-management consultant, although the actual corporate risk-management depicted on screen will likely be kept to a minimum when the consultant is summoned to a remote lab to evaluate an artificial being with a view to its termination.There’s shades of Ex Machina in Seth Owen’s 2014 Black List script, although it also taps into Ridley’s A. »
I have never been the biggest fan of Ridley Scott. Aside from Blade Runner and, to a lesser extent, Thelma and Louise, his films have just never really grabbed me. Yes, that includes Alien not grabbing me. So, I wonder what his son, Luke Scott, has taken from his father and what he is developed on his own, as he is making his directorial debut with the film Morgan. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Kate Mara ("House of Cards") has signed on to the project along with up and comer Anya Taylor-Joy. Mara is continuing to establish herself as a very good actor, and if she is the lead in this film (which I am presuming), I'm glad she's getting that opportunity. Taylor-Joy may be an unknown name to most of you now, but she made a big splash at this year's Sundance with her film debut in The Witch, »
- Mike Shutt
Alien is one of the more beloved cinematic franchises in movie history. That.s why when Neill Blomkamp first teased that he was working on a new edition to the series, the world-wide movie community went ballistic. This hysteria then went into overdrive when it was teased that he.d been doing so with Sigourney Weaver - and it became cataclysmic when it was confirmed that Blomkamp.s vision would become a reality. But there.s more! The South African filmmaker has now hinted that there will be more than one new Alien adventure from him coming in the future. Blomkamp, who is currently doing the rounds promoting his upcoming film, Chappie, recently sat down with Empire about his vision for the future Alien films when he teased that he has enough ideas to expand into multiple stories. He explained, When I met Sigourney [Weaver] on the set of Chappie, »
Ask anybody who likes the Alien movies what the biggest problem with the franchise is and you’ll probably get an answer along the lines of: “Everything they did after Aliens.” Which would be something of a glib reply, of course, but not an entirely unfair one.
After all, David Fincher’s follow-up, Alien 3, is credited with having made some of the worst narrative judgement calls in the history of any franchise, ever. And the decision to bring back Ripley after her death for another go-around in Alien: Resurrection… well, “she’s a clone” was never going to do the series justice, was it?
Last week, it was revealed that Neill Blomkamp, the South African director behind the modern sci-fi masterpiece that is District 9, and not quite so great (but still interesting) second and third features, Elysium and Chappie, has signed on to deliver a brand spanking new movie. »
- Sam Hill
Blomkamp Discusses Creative Process For New Alien Film. Chappie director Neill Blomkamp conducted a podcast with Empire Magazine, revealing some exclusive details about his upcoming Alien movie. During the interview Blomkamp discusses mental roadblocks, his anxiety about each film that he creates potentially being his last and how working with Sigourney Weaver [...]
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- Victor Stiff
Sigourney Weaver is already helping her Chappie director Neill Blomkamp continue plotting Alien.s resurrection with an all-new installment, but what about another one of her other properties that.s returning from the dead? Paul Feig is rebooting Ghostbusters with an all-female principal cast, but will Weaver have some part to play in the new film? Screen Rant caught up with the actress during a recent Chappie press junket and broached the subject. While the 65-year-old actress would love to be included in some way, it looks like nothing is yet set in stone. They might have us pop up as marshmallow men or something and then destroy us. I don.t know. I hope they will think of some silly way for us to be in it. Maybe I could play that ancient librarian who goes [makes noise]. By "us," she.s likely referring to some of her original »
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