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There's a lot that fans already know about Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie, even though it hasn't yet gone into production. The film was, after all, announced by Fox only after Blomkamp shared concept artwork on social media (something he's continued to do post-announcement), and Blomkamp has given interviews talking about where the movie falls within the series' mythology. Now Michael Biehn, whose character Hicks from 1986's Aliens has appeared in the released concept art, has spoken about what he knows about the project. "The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed," Biehn explained during
- Graeme McMillan
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
How you feel about "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection" will probably determine how you feel about Neill Blomkamp's planned (but seemingly stalled-out) fifth installment in the long-running sci-fi/horror/action franchise, which is rumored to be a direct continuation of James Cameron's "Aliens" that will completely ignore the events of the third and fourth entries in the series. Given those films' less-than-beloved reputations, I assume that most fans wouldn't mind Blomkamp rescuing Newt (Carrie Henn) and Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) from their grisly fates in "Alien 3's" bummer prologue. In a new interview with Icons of Fright, Biehn seems to confirm that Blomkamp's vision would pick up where "Aliens" left off, with Hicks, Ripley and Newt reconvening 20 years after the events of James Cameron's 1986 sequel. "The basic idea is acting like 'Alien 3' and '4' never existed," Biehn told the site, later adding: "I know »
- Chris Eggertsen
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, »
Last month came word that Neill Blomkamp's direct sequel to "Aliens" had been put on hold by 20th Century Fox due to the pending production of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Covenant" which starts filming in Australia in February.
Scott, an executive producer on Blomkamp's project, is rumored to have been the one behind the decision to put the rival project on hold - to both Blomkamp and Fox's chagrin. Along with Sigourney Weaver, actor Michael Biehn was tipped to be returning for the film which would see him reprise the role of Cpl. Dwayne Hicks from the 1986 classic.
The veteran actor recently spoke with Icons of Fright about the film, which seems to be indefinitely shelved at this point, and revealed that the new film would've dealt with not just his return but that of Newt with a late twentysomething actress being sought for the part:
- Garth Franklin
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
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, »
Producers didn't want to make it. Many fans were outraged by it. To this day, David Fincher won't talk about it. Released in 1992, Alien 3 was a violent and some would say disappointing contrast to James Cameron's triumphant, Reagan-era Aliens.
Where Aliens formed the near-perfect chapter to Alien, reintroducing Sigourney Weaver's Ripley as an emotionally wounded survivor who faces down her inner demons, Alien 3 served as a mercilessly downbeat coda. The treasures that Ripley managed to snatch away from the loathsome aliens at the end of the 1986 sequel - a surrogate daughter in Newt, a faithful partner in Hicks - were eliminated during Alien 3's opening credits. Ripley the triumphant victor was recast as a lonely warrior at the end of her journey. »
When I joined the Icons of Fright team as a contributor a few years back, the first interview I conducted was with a childhood hero of mine, Michael Biehn. Biehn and his wife/producing partner Jennifer Blanc-Biehn were in Los Angeles, doing a signing at Burbank’s Dark Delicacies and were both nice enough to take a few moments out of their schedule to chat about the film they were signing for, The Victim (interview here). It was a big deal to me, and something that helped push me into working my ass off as a writer, and a real turning point for me on a personal level. This previous week, I spoke to Biehn about what’s happened since our first interview, his role in XLrator Media’s mobster comedy series 24 Hour Rental (now available via Hulu), and about what to expect from director Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 film, »
- Jerry Smith
Director James Cameron's 1986 thriller Aliens is still considered a classic of sci-fi and horror cinema. If you're a die-hard fan of this sequel, with some spare cash to burn, Japanese watch company Seiko has announced that they are reissuing the same watch worn by Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley in the film. However, there are only 6,000 watches that are available for purchase on Seiko's Japanese website.
The original watch, dubbed the Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000, was actually designed by famed auto designer Giorgetto Giugiaroto, which has a panel sticking out of one side of the watch that features chronograph buttons. This watch was also the first in the world to employ an analog quartz chronograph movement. Here's how the official Seiko website describes this unique design after you translate the text from Japanese.
"We remake the world's first analog quartz chronograph that has been adopted in the sci-fi movie of the 1980s. »
To Kill a Mockingjay: Lawrence Brings Ya Franchise to Inevitable Denouement
The last tony gasp of Suzanne Collins’ celebrated Hunger Games franchise is steered, at long last, to a close courtesy of director Francis Lawrence, who has been responsible for three film entries in the quartet. In the tradition of several other series, the final novel was split into two separate films released a year apart in order to capitalize on the popular momentum of the property, a trick which only does a severe disservice to the longevity of this Ya dystopia.
Familiar and recycled themes and ideas aside, it is one of the more moderately intelligent mainstream machines, but that’s not saying much. While the memory of 2014’s Mockingjay: Part 1 is left in the hazy dust of its unnecessarily elongated exposition, the final sequence fares better as a piece of entertainment thanks to some minor moments of tension »
- Nicholas Bell
Next year is the 30th anniversary of James Cameron's Aliens and in the film's honor Dark Horse and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are re-releasing the Aliens comic. Also: a Q&A with Jax Menez Atwell, a new Night People clip, and a trailer for Scarred.
Aliens 30th Anniversary: Press Release: "Milwaukie, Or—In 1988, Dark Horse’s Aliens comic debuted, with stunning art by Mark A. Nelson and a script by Mark Verheiden, taking the comics market by storm. For the thirtieth anniversary of the Aliens film, Dark Horse and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are releasing an oversized hardcover edition of the unabridged and unadulterated series!
This must-have collector’s edition delivers 184 pages of original black-and-white art, each panel more horrifying than the last.
In deep space, a salvage crew is attacked by seemingly unstoppable monsters. The marines are called in, but they need someone with experience. Soon »
- Tamika Jones
Last week, The Rants MacAbre brought aboard Dawn & Jen of the Women in Caskets Podcast for the first part of their Alien-centric podcasts, discussing Ridley Scott’s Alien, James Cameron’s Aliens as well as Alien: Isolation and Ellen Ripley in general. The in-depth discussion touched upon everything from Ripley’s tragic story arc to Scott’s naturalistic […] »
- Fangoria Staff
With only a few short months before Alien: Paradise Lost gets production underway, Ridley Scott has added well-known screenwriter John Logan to help Scott's vision come to life. Logan's resume reads as such:
The hope for Logan is that he will improve on the groundwork that Prometheus laid. As Alien: Paradise Lost will be a direct sequel from the previous film. There is yet to be much more detail outside of Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender returning to travel the universe. However, there are rumors that this new film will begin to reveal what truly created the Aliens that Sigourney Weaver fights many years in the future.
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
Ridley Scott.s 1979 Alien is a horror and science fiction classic. Constantly aped, but never topped, it remains influential to this very day, and has spawned sequels, prequels, and spinoffs everywhere from movies to comics to video games. As successful as the franchise has been, however, there.s one regret that Scott has, he wishes he.d maintained a tighter grip. The 77-year-old director is hard at work on his follow up to Prometheus, now titled Alien: Paradise Lost. Talking to IGN, The Martian helmer revealed that he wishes he hadn.t let other filmmakers get their hands on the property. He said: I let the other one [Alien] get away from me . I shouldn.t have. While some of the subsequent sequels haven.t been particularly grand, especially the woeful Alien Vs. Predator films, James Cameron.s addition to the franchise, 1986.s Aliens, is certainly a worthy successor. That »
Director: Francis Lawrence
Running Time: 137 minutes
Synopsis: Katniss and the District 13 rebels turn their eyes to the Capitol, but Katniss has only one mission, kill President Snow.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 marks the final chapter in the Hunger Games series. That’s right, there is only one last journey to take with Katniss Everdeen (unless Peter Jackson ever gets his hands on it, he loves overextending a book) and be warned – it’s dark. The dark tone is everywhere you look from the dark brown /grey and black uniforms to the murky grey skies and buildings. Gone are all those lovely warm »
- Kat Hughes
Scream Factory's giving horror film anthology fans another item to scribble on their holiday wish lists with the December 22nd Blu-ray release of Joseph Sargent's Nightmares, and we have a look at the movie's cover art and list of bonus features:
Press Release: On December 22nd, 2015, Scream Factory brings you four tales of horror, complete with shocking twists that will freeze the scream in your throat! The fan favorite horror anthology Nightmares brings a supernatural twist to popular urban legends. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, Nightmares includes a new audio commentary with executive producer Andrew Mirisch and actress Cristina Raines as a bonus feature, as well as the original theatrical trailer and radio spots. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
In Nightmares, a pack of cigarettes, a video game, a pick-up truck and a stately colonial home all become key elements in four »
- Derek Anderson
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