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"Alien vs. Predator" Scribe Responds To Weaver

23 July 2015 10:31 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Appearing at London Comic Con last week, Sigourney Weaver spoke about her history with Fox's "Alien" franchise and seemingly suggested that Fox's early plans to make "Alien vs. Predator" back before "Alien 3" in 1993, was what caused Ridley Scott to drop out of the project and what made her decide to kill off the Ellen Ripley character.

Now Peter Briggs, who penned the original "Alien vs. Predator" spec script back in 1991 (but is uncredited on the final 2004 film) has responded to the criticism in a letter to Bloody Disgusting. Briggs penned a draft which was at Fox for over a decade until Paul W.S. Anderson came onto the movie and did his own version, and says that the third "Alien" began filming almost a year before his spec script even arrived at the studio:

"Maybe they were in a panic about 'Alien 3'... I have no idea. And so when »

- Garth Franklin

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Stx launches sales division

22 July 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Top brass at Robert Simonds’ studio have ended weeks of speculation and confirmed to Screendaily the hire of John Friedberg as president of international sales.

In a clear statement of Stx’s global ambitions the executive, who arrives from Block Entertainment where he most recently served as evp of international sales and distribution, will assemble a team, build a slate based on Stx’s development and production pipeline and explore strategic partnerships.

The initial sales roster will include Mile 22, in which Peter Berg will direct Mark Wahlberg, and an untitled Jackie Chan action film that Martin Campbell will direct. It remained unclear at time of writing whether Stx would scout third-party titles.

The sales slate does not cover the first four films that Stx will release in the Us. Blumhouse International and Sierra/Affinity handed international sales on psychological thriller The Gift, which Stx is scheduled to open on August 7.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Nerd Alert: Ant-Man Shrinking Science, Star Wars Oculus Rift and More

22 July 2015 10:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? Star Wars gets an incredible Oculus Rift Vr trailer, the science of shrinking in Ant-Man is broken down and a Jurassic Park "special edition" puts everyone in high heels. We also have a sneak peek at future 8-Bit Cinema episodes and discover "everything wrong" with the first three Mission: Impossible movies. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

The Science of Shrinking in Marvel's Ant-Man

With last weekend's release of Ant-Man, which follows Paul Rudd's Scott Lang as he gets shrunk to the size of an ant by wearing an incredible suit, VSauce teamed up with Paul Rudd himself for a new video, where they break down the science of shrinkage. »

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Sigourney Weaver says Alien vs. Predator “really depressed me”, caused Ridley Scott to scrap plans for an Alien sequel

20 July 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sigourney Weaver was at the London Film and Comic-Con this past weekend, during which she spoke about her iconic role as Lt. Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise, revealing that she was “really depressed” by the spinoff Alien vs. Predator, and that the crossover caused Ridley Scott to pull out of a proposed Alien sequel.

“Well, yes – because I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs Predator,” said Weaver when asked if it was her choice to have Ripley killed off in Alien 3. “[Alien vs. Predator] really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies. I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game but at the time, it was, as [Aliens director] Jim Cameron said I think publically, ‘why would you want to do that?’ It’s like making Alien meets the Wolfman. In fact Ridley Scott was about to direct a third one, until this was announced, »

- Gary Collinson

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Weaver On Avp Fail & Promise Of "Alien 5"

20 July 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

This past weekend's London Comic Con saw many stars turning out for panels, one of them being "Alien" series lead Sigourney Weaver. Though it has been nearly twenty years since she last played Ellen Ripley, the role will arguably remain her most iconic and the actress was happy to talk about the ups and downs of the part with The Radio Times during the event.

Weaver has expressed disappointment in the past with how Fox treated the "Alien" franchise, specifically the "Alien vs. Predator" films of which she's not a fan. While the first "Alien vs. Predator" film hit in 2004, the project had actually been in development at the studio since the early 1990s.

In fact, it was because of that early development that Weaver apparently decided to quit the series in 1993 with the third film (before later returning for 1997's "Alien Resurrection). Asked if it was her decision to »

- Garth Franklin

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Apocalypse Now Now: District 9 Writer Teri Tatchell Will Adapt Novel

18 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Good news out of South Africa yesterday. Variety reported that South African author Charlie Human's urban fantasy novel Apocalypse Now Now will adapted to film by District 9 and Chappie writer Teri Tatchell. "South Africa has always pushed through the usual limits of my imagination and 'Apocalypse Now Now' is no exception," Tatchell said. "Charlie has actually upped the game and obliterated them all altogether."The novel centers on the kingpin of a smut-peddling high school who's dating the girl of his dreams. After she's kidnapped, he and a supernatural bounty hunter are plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town's underworld to save her while facing a brush with the Apocalypse.Apocalypse Now Now will be a South-African Canadian co-production. And what is the Canadian connection? Why...

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District 9 screenwriter to adapt Apocalypse Now Now

17 July 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that the acclaimed urban-fantasy novel Apocalypse Now Now is in development over at La-based Xyz Films.

Oscar nominee Terri Tatchell (District 9) has been set to pen the script for the film, which will see Canada-based production company Redlab Digital collaborate with Xyz Films on the production.

The novel, written by Charlie Human, tells the story of “the kingpin of a smut-peddling high school who’s dating the girl of his dreams. After she’s kidnapped, he and a supernatural bounty hunter are plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town’s underworld to save her while facing a brush with the Apocalypse.”

“South Africa has always pushed through the usual limits of my imagination and ‘Apocalypse Now Now’ is no exception,” states Tatchell. “Charlie has actually upped the game and obliterated them all altogether.”

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- Scott J. Davis

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See New Art Featuring Ellen Ripley from Neill Blomkamp's 'Alien' Sequel

17 July 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

It's been a couple months since we last received word on that new Alien sequel in the works from director Neill Blomkamp (Chappie, District 9). Similarly to Deadpool, this is another Fox movie that seems to be happening thanks entirely to fan support. With Deadpool it was an overwhelmingly positive reaction to leaked footage that eventually got that movie going, and with this new Alien sequel it was essentially Blomkamp-created fan art that fans jumped on, convincing Fox to make it. To prove it's still happening, Blomkamp revealed another piece of concept art on Instagram -- this one featuring Sigourney Weaver (who's returning as Ripley) standing alongside a scarred Hicks (Michael Biehn). Check it out.   #alien going very well. Love this...

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Neill Blomkamp Shares More Aliens Concept Art; Project Is “Going Very Well”

17 July 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After generating a tremendous amount of buzz following those striking first pieces of concept art, all has been quiet on Neill Blomkamp’s anticipated Alien reboot-cum-sequel – at least, until now. Taking to Instagram, the District 9 and Elysium director has shared a new image for the film, all the while adding that the project itself is “going very well.”

It is essentially a status update that confirms Alien 5 – or whatever it will end up being titled – is still simmering away in development, as Blomkamp hunkers down to bring his vision to life at Fox. Once again starring Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Michael Biehn’s refigured Hicks, the artwork emphasizes the tone of the filmmaker’s project, and we understand that the reboot will attempt to combine the haunted-house-in-space elements from the first film with the action-oriented feel of Cameron’s adorned sequel, Aliens.

Without further ado, here is said picture. »

- Michael Briers

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Neill Blomkamp Reveals Ripley & Hicks In More Concept Art From His 'Alien' Movie

17 July 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Remember a few weeks ago when we wrote about movie franchises that maybe should never have been franchised in the first place? “Alien” could be one of them. Ridley Scott’s terrifying original is still remarkable, and James Cameron’s sequel “Aliens” managed to expand the universe by switching genres into the action war movie to great effect. But from “Alien 3” through the “V. Predator” team-ups to Scott’s recent “Prometheus,” all the other films in the series have been disappointing from one degree to another.  It remains to be seen if Neill Blomkamp can revive the series successfully. The South African at the helm of “District 9” was also behind the deeply disappointing “Elysium” and “Chappie,” has moved on to develop a new “Alien” picture that would see the return of Sigourney Weaver to the role of Ripley, moving alongside a potential sequel to “Prometheus.”  “Alien” fans cooled »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Apocalypse Now Now’ Movie Adaptation in the Works (Exclusive)

17 July 2015 7:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Charlie Human’s urban fantasy novel “Apocalypse Now Now” is being developed as a Canadian-South African production, Variety has learned exclusively.

Terri Tatchell, who received an Oscar nomination for the “District 9″ script, has been tapped to adapt “Apocalypse Now Now.” Her credits include “Chappie.”

Canadian production house Redlab Digital, in collaboration with Los Angeles-based Xyz Films, has acquired all film rights to the novel. The movie will be produced by Nicholas Sorbara for Redlab Digital, Sean Drummond and Michael Matthews for South Africa-based Be Phat Motel, with Todd Brown from Xyz Films as executive producer. Xyz Films is handling global sales.

The novel centers on the kingpin of a smut-peddling high school who’s dating the girl of his dreams. After she’s kidnapped, he and a supernatural bounty hunter are plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town’s underworld to save her while facing a brush with the Apocalypse. »

- Dave McNary

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Neill Blomkamp’s Alien Movie Reveals New Concept Art

17 July 2015 6:14 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

District 9 and Elysium helmer Neill Blomkamp has provided a small update, as well as a new concept art design, for his new Alien movie in 20th Century Fox’s franchise featuring Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Michael Biehn’s Hicks. Check it out in the gallery below! Blomkamp posted the image on Instagram along with a tag reading: “#alien going…

The post Neill Blomkamp’s Alien Movie Reveals New Concept Art appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Script News: Edge, Fixer, Outcasts, Now

17 July 2015 4:55 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Edge of Normal

Bold Films has picked up Matt Venne's film script adaptation of Carla Norton's 2013 novel "The Edge of Normal". Michel Litvak, Matthew Rhodes, Andrew Deane and Lisa Zambri will produce.

The story follows a woman who escaped captivity from a sadistic sexual predator when she was a teenager. Ten years later, she remains haunted by her memories as she struggles to pull her life together and is drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a clever psychopath who seems to know her every move. [Source: Variety]

The Fixer

Fubar Films has optioned "House Of Cards" writer Bill Kennedy's thriller script "The Fixer" at Rumble Entertainment. Filming aims to begin later this year.

Set in the gritty intersection of the Los Angeles nightlife and organized crime, the plot follows a mob fixer who retires to repair his broken personal life but is soon drawn into the criminal underworld »

- Garth Franklin

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Neill Blomkamp Reveals More Alien Art

17 July 2015 1:31 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Back in March, District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp sparked a firestorm of interest by revealing some concept artwork for an imaginary Alien movie. Such was the online enthusiasm that his fantasy became a reality, with Alien studio Fox immediately getting behind making the film for real. Since then all's been quiet, presumably while Blomkamp actually gets on with the business of figuring out what the film is. But he's just released another design to demonstrate that Alien 5 (or whatever it ends up being called) continues to tick over. It's "going very well" Blomkamp says.Once again, the new pic reiterates that Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's melty-faced Hicks (he got sprayed by acid in Aliens, remember) are front and centre of the project. Depending on what day it was, Blomkamp indicated earlier this year that his Alien would either somehow be set between Aliens and »

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[Media] - "Untitled Neill Blomkamp/Alien Project" Neill Blomkamp reveals new concept art

16 July 2015 4:40 PM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Neill Blomkamp ("District 9" and "Elysium") has provided a small update, as well as a new concept art design, for his new "Alien" movie in 20th Century Fox's franchise featuring Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks. Blomkamp posted the image on Instagram along with a tag reading: #alien going very well. Love this project. At this point, it's uncertain precisely what route the new film will take, but the continued use of Weaver and Biehn's likenesses (as featured in the previously-revealed concept designs) seems to indicate a likely return to the franchise for the pair. Blomkamp told ComingSoon.net in February : [Sigourney] knows about it and part of it was just inspired by speaking to her on set when we were filming ‘Chappie,' and getting her thoughts »

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[Media] - "Alien" Neill Blomkamp reveals new concept art

16 July 2015 4:40 PM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Neill Blomkamp ("District 9" and "Elysium") has provided a small update, as well as a new concept art design, for his new "Alien" movie in 20th Century Fox's franchise featuring Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks. Blomkamp posted the image on Instagram along with a tag reading: #alien going very well. Love this project. At this point, it's uncertain precisely what route the new film will take, but the continued use of Weaver and Biehn's likenesses (as featured in the previously-revealed concept designs) seems to indicate a likely return to the franchise for the pair. Blomkamp told ComingSoon.net in February : [Sigourney] knows about it and part of it was just inspired by speaking to her on set when we were filming ‘Chappie,' and getting her thoughts »

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New concept art from Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 featuring Ripley and Hicks

16 July 2015 2:44 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) continues with development on his Alien sequel/reboot, the filmmaker has taken to Instagram to share a new piece of concept art from the fifth instalment of the classic sci-fi series, which features Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) alongside Hicks (Michael Biehn)…

See Also: Neill Blomkamp has had to change his Alien 5 story due to Prometheus 2

At this point, little is known about Blomkamp’s plans for his Alien movie, with conflicting reports from the director suggesting that it will / won’t ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.

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Blomkamp Offers Brief "Alien 5" Update

16 July 2015 10:17 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"District 9" and "Elysium" helmer Neill Blomkamp has posted a new piece of concept art from his proposed new "Alien" project along with offering a brief update on where the project currently stands, saying only it is "going very well".

Blomkamp rocked the online movie world in January when he posted concept art designs for a direct follow-up to 1986's "Aliens". At the time he said the designs were unofficial, but he'd happily take on the project. Fox then took him up on the idea.

#alien going very well. Love this project

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jul 16, 2015 at 12:07pm Pdt

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- Garth Franklin

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Visual Effects Companies Cinesite, Image Engine Merge

2 July 2015 11:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Munich — Leading visual effects companies Cinesite and Image Engine have merged, giving the two entities a combined staff of over 525 VFX and animation staff at their studios in London, Vancouver and Montreal.

Cinesite, which opened its doors in London in 1994, has contributed BAFTA and Academy Award nominated and winning visual effects to films including “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Iron Man 3,” the Harry Potter series of films, and “The Golden Compass.” It is working on productions including “Now You See Me: The Second Act,” “Ant-Man,” “Spectre,” “The Last Witch Hunter,” “Gods of Egypt,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Revenant.”

Founded in Vancouver in 1995, Image Engine has built a strong reputation for producing high-quality visual effects for film and high-end television. Nominated for an Academy Award for its work on Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9” in 2009, the studio has gone on to work on such high-profile productions as “Elysium, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »

- Anna Robinson

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