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Alien: Ridley Scott leaves door open to Ripley return

10 July 2017 10:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jul 11, 2017

Ridley Scott confirms the feasibility of Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley appearing in one of his Alien prequels...

Spoilers for Alien: Covenant lie ahead.

Had Neill Blomkamp been given the green light to make his proposed Alien 5 project, then Sigourney Weaver would have been back in the role of Ellen Ripley, in a movie that picked up after Aliens. Blomkamp's project would have forked away from Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.

However, 20th Century Fox has opted to follow Ridley Scott’s line of prequel movies to Alien instead, starting with Prometheus and this year adding Alien: Covenant to the box set.

In spite of disappointing box office for the latest chapter in the story, Scott is still keen to make more Alien prequels. In a new posting from Luis Nostromo, Scott has answered the question as to whether we can expect Ripley in any of them, »

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Alien 5 Was Originally Going To Feature A Totally Different Character

10 July 2017 5:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After leaving his mark on the sci-fi genre with the incredible District 9, director Neill Blomkamp followed up his debut pic with Elysium and Chappie. Admittedly, neither film hit quite the same heights that his first effort did, but they were still impressive enough to catch the attention of same pretty important people in Hollywood. As such, Blomkamp quickly found himself attached to Alien 5, which would reunite him with Sigourney Weaver after working with the actress on Chappie.

From what we heard, his plan was to reboot the franchise, with the fifth instalment in the iconic sci-fi/horror series looking to erase Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. While it never truly got off the ground, the project did take some significant steps forward and seemed to be on the right track for a while, with impressive concept art surfacing last year. Things were looking pretty good for the film then »

- Matt Joseph

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Alien: Covenant Blu-ray Has Over 20 Minutes of Deleted Scenes

3 July 2017 12:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While Fox Home Entertainment has not made an official announcement yet, several online retailers such as Amazon have listed Alien: Covenant for release on August 15. Today we have the first details regarding the special features, which will have nearly 20 minutes of deleted scenes, and over 100 minutes of special features altogether. We also have the cover artwork for the regular Blu-ray, along with the special edition Steelbook and the Target retailer exclusive, along with the special features details for this Alien prequel.

AvP Galaxy reports that there will be a total of 12 deleted and extended scenes on this Blu-ray release, which will run 17 minutes and 58 seconds. There will also be Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott, a Master Class: Ridley Scott that runs 55 minutes and 25 seconds, theatrical trailers, David's Illustrations and five featurettes, Meet Walter (2m 19s), Phobos (9m 8s), The Last Supper (4m 36s), The Crossing (2m 32s) and Advent (6m »

- MovieWeb

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In Defense Of: “Alien 3” (1992)

18 June 2017 7:57 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Let’s face it: The Alien franchise – at least on the big screen – isn’t what it used to be. When Alien: Resurrection released in 1997, it marked a serious turning point for the series, with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet delivering a colorful film unlike any of those that preceded it that ultimately proved pointless in its existence, effectively killing the franchise’s viability at the time not unlike Batman & Robin had done to its own franchise earlier in the year. It wasn’t until 2004 that audiences would see the Xenomorph grace the big screen again (sans Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley for the first time ever) in the crossover film, Alien vs. Predator.

Though a critical failure, that film managed to spin enough of a profit to warrant a sequel in 2007 that immediately dashed any hope AvP had at becoming a long-running cinematic franchise of its own. And so it was that »

- Geoff Cox

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Alien: Covenant - where its box office leaves the series

7 June 2017 9:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jun 9, 2017

The sequel to Prometheus got decent reviews, but its box office could throw the Alien franchise into doubt. We look at the numbers...

In terms of story, Alien: Covenant's conclusion hinted at all kinds of dark possibilities. We won't go over them in spoilery detail here - we've done that before, if you're interested in getting into specifics - but Covenant's conclusion, along with Ridley Scott's clear enthusiasm for the franchise, left clear indications that at least a couple of sequels were in the pipeline.

Right now, though, there appears to be a black cloud on the horizon: the film's box-office. While Alien: Covenant received better reviews than its predecessor, 2012's Prometheus, the latest in a planned string of prequels to 1979's Alien has made a worryingly steep dive in profits over the past couple of weeks.

You only have to take a quick look »

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Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 Pretty Much ‘Totally Dead,’ Director Says

5 June 2017 8:29 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Yes, I know, it’s like we have a serious case of infinite deja vu, isn’t it? It was only last month that we reported that Alien 5 was dead. However, film fans are a persistent bunch, and it certainly doesn’t help that Hollywood is one of the most fickle industries out there. There’s always a chance for something to take off, even long after it’s been confirmed as dead.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, before Ridley Scott went to work on the now-released Alien: Covenant, Chappie and District 9 director, Neill Blomkamp was doing some preliminary work on Alien 5, a film that was going to undo Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and go off in a completely different timeline. However, before we knew it, Alien: Covenant started gaining momentum, and Alien 5 was put on the back burner.

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- Joseph Medina

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Neill Blomkamp says his Alien 5 is “totally dead”

4 June 2017 5:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Some bad news for anyone holding out hope that 20th Century Fox could resurrect Neill Blomkamp’s planned Alien 5, as the filmmaker has revealed to The Verge that the project is “totally dead”.

“I think it’s totally dead, yes,” said Blomkamp. “That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is — it’s just not going to live.”

Asked whether studio politics has played a part, Blomkamp responded that: “Yeah. Ridley Scott was one of my idols growing up. He’s so talented and he’s made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. »

- Gary Collinson

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Neill Blomkamp Says Alien 5 Is Totally Dead

3 June 2017 5:06 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After leaving his mark on the sci-fi genre with the incredible District 9, director Neill Blomkamp followed up his debut pic with Elysium and Chappie. Admittedly, neither film hit quite the same heights that his first effort did, but they were still impressive enough to catch the attention of same pretty important people in Hollywood. As such, Blomkamp quickly found himself attached to Alien 5, which would reunite him with Sigourney Weaver after working with the actress on Chappie.

From what we heard, his plan was to reboot the franchise, with the fifth instalment in the iconic sci-fi/horror series looking to erase Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. While it never truly got off the ground, the project did take some significant steps forward and seemed to be on the right track for a while, with impressive concept art surfacing last year. Things were looking pretty good for the film then »

- Matt Joseph

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Steelbook Revealed; 4K Blu-ray Pre-Orders Rising

26 May 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

On the same weekend Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant premiered in theaters, Fox Home Entertainment shared a first-look at the Alien: Covenant Steelbook Blu-ray set that will be available exclusively at Best Buy in North America as well as other international territories.

The Alien: Covenant steelbook cover art are features a black-and-white Neomorph alien in its early embryonic stage. Inside are two discs; one of which is the Alien: Covenant Blu-ray and other other either the DVD or bonus features.

Whenever Alien: Covenant arrives on home video the 6-Film Alien Collection will debut alongside it. This collection includes Alien; Aliens; Alien 3Alien: ResurrectionPrometheus and its direct sequel, Alien: Covenant.

The Alien: Covenant 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray has been available for pre-order at Amazon since opening weekend as well and currently sits in the #11 spot for all current Blu-ray bestsellers at the moment. That makes it the second-highest selling »

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Ranked: The Alien and Predator Films

25 May 2017 6:44 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Alien: Covenant is the latest addition to the Alien franchise, but how does it stand up against the previous films? To find out, we rank em’ all (including the Predator films).

The Alien franchise has a long and winding history. From lengthy gestation periods between sequels, to lots of conflict between filmmakers and studios, to varying audience interest over the years - I’m amazed that they just haven’t given up yet. Despite all these challenges, the series has persevered for nearly 40 years and gained legions of fans. As of late, the Alien franchise is back in theaters with a prequel storyline being helmed by series originator, Ridley Scott. Predator will also soon be back in theaters with a new film in 2018.

So maybe the Alien and Predator franchises are only linked by a small easter egg in Predator 2, but two fanservice films in the 2000’s made it official. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Top Alien Films

23 May 2017 1:57 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Director Ridley Scott and Katherine Waterston (Daniels) on the set of Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant opened in theaters this past weekend and brought in an estimated $36 million at the box office.

Fox’s film enjoyed a solid global debut performance as the Ridley Scott directed film that is the second of the prequel series and the sixth Alien feature film in the franchise earned $66.3 million globally.

In space, no one can hear you scream. After nearly four decades, those words remain synonymous with the sheer, relentless intensity of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of futuristic horror, Alien. Now, the father of the iconic franchise returns once more to the world he created to explore its darkest corners with Alien: Covenant, a pulse-pounding new adventure that pushes the boundaries of R-rated terror.

The films timeline line up as such:

Engineers create humanity. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charles Holloway discover humanity’s origins »

- Michelle Hannett

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The Lifecycle of a Franchise: "Alien" and its Offspring

22 May 2017 9:47 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Alien: ConvenantThe eight films that encompass the Alien series—including its succession of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs—make up a widely varying compendium of consistencies and contrasts. The latest entry, Alien: Covenant (2017), is no exception. As the critical reviews of this new installment are now sufficiently mingled with the predictably deviating audience reactions, one thing about the popular franchise remains clear: each title will forever be burdened and bolstered by the films that came before it. Of course, this isn’t all that surprising; sequels are usually judged by their precursors. But with the Alien anthology, it’s not just about the quality of one film as opposed to another, it’s about a deference to the fictional narrative construct (few movie cycles are as preoccupied with a generally coherent narrative thread) and the anticipation derived from an incorporation of familiar themes and visual motifs (there have likewise been »

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25th Anniversary: Alien 3 - the theatrical cut vs. the assembly cut

22 May 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here. With Alien: Covenant opening to #1 over the weekend, it's fortuitous timing that today marks the 25th anniversary of Alien3.  The 1992 sci-fi thriller is probably best-known today for two reasons: introducing music video director David Fincher to the world of theatrical features, and knocking all the shine off of the Alien franchise for the first time (and alas! not the last).

 Underperforming at the box office, and outright flopping with critics, Alien³ has never since recovered its reputation; if time has been kind to it, it's only because at least we can now say, "well, at least it's not as bad as Alien: Resurrection" »

- Tim Brayton

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Cover Art & Early Details for Alien 6 Film Collection Blu-ray Set and Alien: Covenant Steelbook

22 May 2017 6:49 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Although Alien: Covenant is now in theaters, its home media release is already being teased by IGN, who have revealed the first look at the film's Steelbook Blu-ray and the six-film Blu-ray collection of the Alien franchise.

Set to be released in Best Buy in the United States and at HMV in the UK, the Alien: Covenant Steelbook is a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD release.

In addition to its standard Blu-ray / DVD release and the Steelbook edition, Alien: Covenant will also be included on the Alien 6 Film Collection, a special Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) release that is expected to include Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Prometheus, and Alien: Covenant (it doesn't look like the Avp films will be included). The six-film collection will be released as a box set with a green cover and as a Steelbook with a blue cover.

Stay tuned to Daily Dead »

- Derek Anderson

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Everything You Need to Know About the 'Alien' Franchise to Understand 'Alien: Covenant'

18 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Like a mysterious parasite that infects your body and results in a demon-faced alien spawn bursting from your chest and rapidly growing into a murderous eight-foot creature, the Alien franchise has made its presence known over the past 30-something years, itself spawning a number of sequels (Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection), crossovers and 2012's it's-not-a-prequel-but-really-it's-a-prequel, Prometheus.

If you've never seen Prometheus -- or if you saw Prometheus, hated Prometheus and had a sort of Ptsd reaction to Prometheus that now renders you incapable of remembering anything that happened in that movie -- you may think the latest installment, Alien: Covenant, is not for you. But it can be! There's even a section in the middle of the movie where it stops to just kind of...explain the plot of Prometheus. But while Covenant proves an easy enough entry point for those new to the Alien franchise, you may still have a few questions. Hopefully, ahead »

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Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ Franchise Is Becoming the Perfect Organism — and ‘Covenant’ Is the Missing Link

18 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Near the end of “Alien 3,” Ellen Ripley delivers her most tragic line: “You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else.” Why should it be any different for us? Sigourney Weaver’s defining character defiantly takes her own life shortly thereafter, marking a moral victory against both the creature and the corporation that have come to shape her existence.

Spanning three centuries — “Prometheus” is set in 2089, “Alien: Resurrection” in 2379 — and more than one life cycle for its embattled heroine, the enduring sci-fi saga is among the most mutable cinematic enterprises ever created. I hope it lasts as long in the real world as it does in its own.

Unlike certain other franchises, “Alien” is neither based on pre-existing materials nor beholden to anything resembling real life. There’s no book for us to say is better, no set-in-stone mythology to upend. Anyone worried about »

- Michael Nordine

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Common Traits Among the Alien Films

17 May 2017 8:36 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Join us as we take an in-depth look at the commonalities across all 7 films of the Alien franchise as we prepare for the release of Alien: Covenant later this week.

What makes a movie franchise a franchise and not just a collection of similar films? Commonalities.

Sometimes it’s just a character by himself that makes it a franchise (Tarzan). At other times a common theme (Final Destination). Sometimes films of a franchise will share a common style if they are all made by the same filmmakers (Jason Bourne), or expand on a singular story (Star Wars). For others, it's a gimmick or hook (Home Alone), or a premise (Planet of the Apes).

The Alien franchise doesn’t necessarily fit into any of these categories; although it has featured all of these traits at one time or another. It started in 1979 with the release of Alien, a sequel came seven years later in Aliens, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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‘Alien’ Revisited: Nearly Four Decades Later, Ripley Is Still the Boundary-Busting Heroine We Deserve

16 May 2017 1:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sigourney Weaver’s face isn’t the first one you see in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” — she’s not even the first name you see, popping up second in the opening credits to Tom Skerritt — but there’s no question that Scott’s 1979 sci-fi masterpiece is a film (and, now, an entire franchise) that lives and dies based on the strength of Weaver’s indelible Ellen Ripley. She doesn’t even begin to emerge as the film’s principal hero until about 45 minutes in, when Ripley steps up in the wake of the kind of calamitous tragedy that still makes the film such a heart-pounding to watch, nearly four decades on.

Scott’s choice to ultimately center his film around the strength of a female character was hardly the kind of thing that other late-’70s action-driven blockbusters dug into (screenwriter Dan O’Bannon first wrote Ripley as a male lead, »

- Kate Erbland

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Review: ‘Alien: Covenant’ is a Nihilistic Journey into Extraterrestrial Hell

16 May 2017 11:10 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The numerous financial forces that conspired to put Alien: Covenant on thousands and thousands of screens the world over have ensured that their investment will be sold, from the title on down, with more clarity and promise than its predecessor. Whereas 2012’s Prometheus was able to get by plenty well through mysterious marketing, a very rare is-it-or-is-it-not play with decades-old iconography, Covenant is being sold, in posters and trailers and TV spots, as everything you’d expect and just about nothing that would really raise any eyebrow. Except, of course, why the nearly octogenarian Ridley Scott, after having the opportunity to go balls-out weird with his flawed, sometimes majestic sci-fi epic, would commit such time and energy to what is, at first glance, clearly a retread.

Then you get a bit deeper into the thing — such as, say, actually seeing the movie, which I think counts for a lot — and »

- Nick Newman

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‘Alien’ Movies, Ranked From Worst To Best

15 May 2017 11:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The genius of the “Alien” franchise — and the temptation to continue it ad infinitum — is that each of its installments has been so markedly different. From the ominously sparse thriller that first introduced the world to the Xenomorphs, to the steroidal orgy of muscles and machine guns and alien mucus that James Cameron fashioned out of its sequel, to the fascinatingly garbled industrial sludge of “Alien 3,” and so on… this series has proven to be as endlessly adaptable as the extraterrestrial monster that inspired its title.

So, when people complain that “Alien: Covenant” isn’t an “Alien” movie, it’s hard to know what they mean. Apart from strong women, two-mouthed nightmares, and the dark promise of outer space, there isn’t much that runs through this series and ties it together as a stylistically coherent whole. On the contrary, the saga is defined by its flair for change, »

- David Ehrlich

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