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O’Connor will leave her position as a senior v.p. for production at Sony Pictures to take the new job, where she will help Pascal make several marquee films and develop new projects.
O’Connor served as a senior production exec at Sony, working with Pascal for 17 years on projects like “Zombieland,” “District 9,” and the “Amazing Spider-Man” films. The newly-named executive will run both film and television endeavors.
Among Pascal’s projects are the relaunch of Spider-Man, which is being made in conjunction with Marvel, and a Barbie live-action film.
Deadline originally reported the news.
- James Rainey
Rachel O’Connor is stepping down as senior vp production at Sony Pictures to join Amy Pascal at her new production company, Pascal Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. O'Connor is expected to oversee both film and television in her new post. A longtime associate of Pascal’s, O’Connor has overseen such features as Zombieland, District 9 and the Amazing Spider-Man films. At Pascal’s new venture, which is based at Sony, O'Connor will find herself working on such projects as director Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters, a new adaptation of Little Women and a live-action Barbie film.
- Gregg Kilday
As I mentioned last time out, this series has officially returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent (or now recent-ish) Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be attempting to do just that, time will still tell if it’s something that gets stuck with or not. Again, if nothing else, this continues to give you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my »
- Joey Magidson
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Jeffrey Grover, Lin Shaye, Robert Longstreet | Written by Carlyle Eubank, William Eubank, David Frigerio | Directed by William Eubank
Nothing to do with the no-budget semi-zombie horror film of the same name, frequently found populating the shelves of Poundland and cheapo DVD outlets everywhere; The Signal is a classy Laurence Fishburne joint, casting the big man as a government agent on the trail of bionically superpowered kids and the titular alien (?) signal.
District 9, Chronicle and Catfish (yes, really) are among the unlikely points of reference here, being a story in which a group of pretty young teenagers take off on a roadtrip in search of an elusive Internet figure who lures them out into the middle of nowhere. Once there, things get pretty weird, leaving young Ms sufferer Nic (Brenton Thwaites) waking up in a mysterious government facility, separated from his best pal and girlfriend. »
- Joel Harley
No, despite the rallying cry of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" did not make the cut. Nor did Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity." We're not sure who Popular Mechanics polled in its list of The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies as Chosen by Scientists, but participating scientists and engineers are in awe of these ten films and their portrayals of science, from astrophysics and artificial intelligence to extraterrestrial life and societal collapse. Read More: Meet the Superstar Behind "Interstellar"'s Amazing Science What are they missing? Though their scientific accuracy may hang in the balance, "Metropolis," "Children of Men" and "Minority Report" come to mind for their exaggerated parables of crumbling future worlds not far from our own. How about "Solaris," "District 9," "Close Encounters," "Gattaca" and "Primer"? Or "Moon," for its highly specific »
- Ryan Lattanzio
E4 prepares to welcome Aliens and Tripped to its schedules, two newly commissioned sci-fi comedy dramas…
As we expanded upon here, there’s plenty for fans of UK sci-fi and fantasy TV to get excited about over the next year or so.
Freshly commissioned to join the likes of Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell, Humans and more, are Tripped and Aliens, original sci-fi comedy dramas coming to E4.
Tripped began life as Alt, a parallel world comedy pilot written by Doctor Who and Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel’s Jamie Mathieson. In its first incarnation, Alt starred Craig Roberts and Gethin Anthony as the stoner and his mate who find themselves tripping between multiple parallel universe versions of their own lives and running from an assassin in the process. Now, the newly named Tripped features The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison and newcomer George Webster as Danny and Milo. Writing duties »
About a week ago, a short film called "The Leviathan" appeared online and immediately got the attention of sci-fi lovers. The film became so popular that it got the attention of 20th Century Fox, which just announced that it will turn the project into a feature film. "The Leviathan" is directed by Ruairi Robinson, who is best known for being the first director attached to Warner Bros' live-action "Akira" movie. The short film is written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and contains creature design by Jordu Schell, one of the main designers on "Avatar." Fox already attached Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) to produce and Neill Blomkamp (director of "District 9" and "Chappie") to executive produce. Uhls will provide the screenplay. Check out the short film below and here's the plot synopsis: By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds. Faster than light travel was made »
It's been a good week and a half for Irish director Ruairi Robinson. After his proof of concept/pitch trailer for sci-fi movie The Leviathan caused quite a stir on the Internet, it soon attracted the attention Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), who attached himself to the project as producer, and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, who came on board as executive producer. Now, courtesy of Variety, we have found out the movie has found a home at 20th Century Fox, with the studio picking up the project up to expand it into a feature film. Robinson will direct from a script by Fight Club's Jim Uhls, with the story, taking cues from literary sources like Dune and Moby Dick, concerning a 22nd century where faster than light travel is achieved by harvesting the eggs of massive flying whales. For those who haven't seen the pitch trailer, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Crafting an impressive short with ideas to burn is becoming an ever-more popular means for first-time filmmakers to get their foot in the studio door. Dracula Untold’s Gary Shore got his start that way, and this year’s Pixels was born from Patrick Jean’s video game-referencing work. Now Dutch ads and short film director Mischa Rozema has scored a deal with Warner Bros. on the back of his pitch film, Sundays, which you can watch below. Rozema’s concept, which he wrote with Kevin Koehler, finds Brian Petsos as a man who begins to realise that he himself and the world around him are not what they seem – indeed, the whole universe appears to be slowly falling apart. But can he trust even his own senses? The short definitely has overtones of The Matrix, Inception and even District 9 in its use of grungy visual style and dystopian ideas. »
So far it seems like the buddy cop element isn't the focus this time around
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- Christopher Campbell
Read More: Why We're Too Quick to Write Off New Directors Since Ruairi Robinson's epic short/teaser "The Leviathan" hit the internet on March 16, multitudinous views on YouTube and Vimeo and fan chatter has led to some big names taking notice. Deadline has reported that "X-Men" writer-producer Simon Kinberg has joined the feature length project as a producer. Jim Uhls ("Fight Club") will be writing the screenplay. Finally, and most notably, "District 9," "Elysium" and "Chappie" director Neill Blomkamp has joined the project as an executive producer. As Deadline points out, Kinberg has a first-look deal with Fox, which might prove beneficial for the project. Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2001 short film "Fifty Percent Grey," an intriguing animated film which follows a soldier’s afterlife experience. Robinson put the short for "The »
- Casey Cipriani
Neill Blomkamp probably wouldn't be where he is today without the help of Peter Jackson, who produced District 9 after the younger director's gig helming a Halo movie fell through. Now Blomkamp is a big deal, especially with his plans to make the next Alien sequel, and it's his turn to be the benefactor. According to Deadline, he's teaming with Simon Kinberg -- writer of X-Men movies and producer of Blomkamp's Elysium and Chappie -- to oversee a feature by Ruairi Robinson based on a very hot proof-of-concept short that made the rounds on the internet last week. Based on that viral video (watch it down below), The Leviathan has been described as "Moby Dick in space," and in an interview with Film School Rejects, Robinson personally...
- Christopher Campbell
Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson owes an awful lot to the power of the Internet. His sci-fi short, The Leviathan, made its humble debut on Vimeo and YouTube last week with nary a studio or big name attached to it, but soon accumulated a staggering two million views across both video sharing platforms. Now, the project has garnered some real, A-lister attention in the form of Simon Kinberg along with District 9 and soon-to-be Alien helmer, Neill Blomkamp.
That’s according to a report published by Deadline, who bring word that the creative filmmaker expressed an interest in the intriguing, futuristic property shortly after it went viral. Such an agreement now means that Kinberg – who is honing his sci-fi chops through work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens – will assume first-look responsibilities should Robinson want to take The Leviathan to the silver screen with studio backing, which is a crucial »
- Michael Briers
At the same time, writer/director Neill Blomkamp ("District 9," "Chappie") has also joined the project as executive producer. Jim Uhls ("Fight Club," "Jumper") has already penned the screenplay for the feature.
Ruairi Robinson ("The Last Days on Mars") created the 3.5 minute proof-of-concept piece which is set in the 22nd century and follows involuntarily drafted pilots who hunt giant whale-like flying creatures through the skies. In a week the short has racked up nearly two million views.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Big news! Remember that awesome proof-of-concept teaser called The Leviathan we posted a week ago? It attracted some attention and now has two more major producers working on it. Deadline is reporting that fellow sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp (of District 9, Elysium and Chappie) is joining the creative team to develop as executive producer, plus screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (of This Means War, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four) will produce the project. Ruairi Robinson, the director behind The Leviathan, wrote on Twitter that he "could not hope for a better team to do this movie with." Hopefully this means the short proof will actually be made into an entire feature, because I already want to see more of it. As of yet, there is no mention of a studio deal but it sounds like there is something brewing. Deadline does mention that Simon "Kinberg's first-look deal with Fox »
- Alex Billington
There was a little bit of an uproar following the announcement of a new film in the Alien franchise from District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp. It wasn't because the film was being made necessarily, but moreso because he said this new film would share DNA with Alien and Aliens, and then this new film would come next. That implied that he would basically ignore Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, for better or worse. But he's since backtracked saying, "I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection," but it will just be more connected to the first two films. But now he's being asked about Prometheus too. Some are wondering how 20th Century Fox's approval of this project effects the future of Prometheus 2, which is still supposed to happen, and is being developed concurrently with Alien 5. In short, Blomkamp told Empire (via ComingSoon) that his »
- Ethan Anderton
I'd say it's fair to call Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) a visionary filmmaker, but as far as him being a quality storyteller, that's another thing. So, it's safe to say I'm a little wary of his upcoming Alien feature, which he recently discussed with Empire (via Den of Geek) and has said a few changes had to be made because Ridley Scott felt it "was bumping Prometheus 2 a little bit." Blomkamp made the change to minimize any kind of conflict with the Prometheus sequel. He also adds there is already a title for the film that is "kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title." I'm not entirely sure what that means considering we're going to know the title sooner or later, but it seems safe to assume it isn't Alienses. As for any kind of plot, so far all he's said »
- Brad Brevet
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 »
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