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Variety reports that actor Tom Cruise is in talks to headline director Alex Kurtzman’s “The Mummy” reboot for Universal Pictures. Universal recently tapped Kurtzman and “Fast & Furious” producer Chris Morgan to oversee their classic monster franchises such as “Dracula”, “Bride of Frankenstein”, “The Wolfman”, and “The Mummy” in a shared cinematic universe.
Cruise is currently filming Paramount Pictures’ “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” with director Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai”). Cruise was also in negotiations to reteam with his “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman for the sci-fi film, “Luna Park »
- J.B. Casas
Variety is reporting that Tom Cruise is in talks to take the lead in Universal's reboot of their The Mummy franchise. Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange and Passengers) is penning the script. Alex Kurtzman (Stark Trek and Into Darkness, Aliens and Cowboys) was asked by Universal to start up their monster films again, along with Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7). He will direct the pic. What we have assembled before us is some serious studio firepower. The film is to be set in present day, unlike its predecessors, and the Universal monster films will all tie in together at some point. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other's installments before culminating in an "Avengers"-style tie-in film.Oh, goody...
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Slated for a March 24th, 2017 theatrical release, The Mummy is expected to be the first of many Universal Monster movie reboots, with the ultimate goal being to create a shared cinematic universe including Wolf Man, Dracula, Van Helsing, the Bride of Frankenstein, the titular characters from Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Phantom of the Opera, and more.
Comprised of a sizable creative team of ten writers, the Universal Monsters reboot initiative is being headed by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, with the former set to be in the director's chair for The Mummy reboot. »
- Derek Anderson
Update: Well, that was fast. Deadline reports that the story from their sister site is bunk. Move along, nothing to see here. According to the team behind Universal's developing monster movie cinematic universe (sigh), the films will be so much more than just creature features. “This is not a heightened world. We’re exploring issues of family identity and questions of ‘where do I belong in the world?’ ” screenwriter Chris Morgan, who is teaming with Alex Kurtzman to oversee the brain trust responsible for these movies, told Variety. At any rate, that whole this-aint'-just-a-monster-movie spiel is possibly what convinced a major A-list star to jump aboard. THR reports Tom Cruise is in talks for "The Mummy." Seriously. There are little in the way of details about what the Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus," "Doctor Strange," "Passengers")-penned script will be about, but I'd wager Cruise's involvement will depend on who is directing. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Update: Contrary to today’s report, Deadline has relayed a statement from Universal which reveals that Tom Cruise isn’t involved in the studio’s Mummy reboot.
“Both Universal and the star’s people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film,” reports Deadline. “He is currently filming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Mission: Impossible 6 begins shooting next August.”
Original Story: According to Variety, Universal has found a star for their upcoming reboot of The Mummy in the form of Tom Cruise. The actor is currently in talks to lead the film, which is being penned by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts and is one of several movies that will help launch the studio’s new franchise of monster flicks.
- Mark Cassidy
The Martian has become director Ridley Scott's biggest movie ever at the global box office with $487.4M through Sunday. Of that, $213M comes from domestic in an all-time best for the helmer, and $274.4M internationally. The latter figure tops Gladiator and its $270M and leaves only Prometheus ($277M) standing in the way of a career international high. And this is all before before China and Japan even release meaning $500M is in sight. The Martian lands in the Middle… »
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
Potential "Alien: Covenant" Spoilers Ahead
An intriguing but completely unconfirmed rumor regarding Ridley Scott's upcoming "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Covenant" has gone up at Scified today which says that not one but Two xenomorph aliens will be seen in the upcoming film, and that Fassbender's android character David will play a part in creating one of them - a creature akin to the 'ultramorph' creation seen in Jon Spaihts' original script draft for "Prometheus":
"The movie will have two monsters, one is new and both are different yet similar to the Xeno DNA. The New Monster is a New Event, so it's nothing created before the Events of the end of the First movie.... it's created by an event in the movie... and this new monster is going to be based off of the original concept that Alien drew influence from.
This idea is something they had planned »
- Garth Franklin
Last week, 20th Century Fox confirmed that director Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel is called Alien: Covenant. It will tie into the overall Alien movie universe, and is considered the second chapter in a prequel trilogy. In the film, the crew of the colony ship Covenant is bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. Today, Scified has new insight into this plot, and their sources claim that two xenomorph aliens will be wrecking havoc in the movie. And yes, David, playing God, has a hand in creating one of them.
None of this information has been confirmed by the studio or Ridley Scott. So it's only being considered a rumor for now. »
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
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
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. »
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- Oli Davis
20th Century Fox
Prometheus 2? Alien 5? The eighth movie in the xenomorph series (eleventh if you still accept Predator as part of it)? Whatever you view it as, it’s happening. A sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus that will tie into his original sci-fi classic, 20th Century Fox have announced Alien: Covenant, set for release on 6th October 2017.
After years of teases and rumours this is real cause for celebration. Scott’s flying high after the return-to-form of The Martian and the promise of getting some more insight into where those drooling monsters actually come from (actual answers this time) is tantalising.
Although it’s only just been officially announced, we actually know quite a lot about Covenant already, thanks in no small part to an excitingly in depth synopsis of the movie’s story and its role in the wider Alien mythology. Let’s break it down. »
- Alex Leadbeater
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. »
It’s about two years until the scheduled release of Ridley Scott‘s next, Alien-connected, film, but that’s not too early to try to get it on your radar. Now officially titled Alien: Covenant, the follow-up to Prometheus has an official synopsis that (sort of) connects it directly to the original franchise. A colony ship finds a […]
The post Alien: Covenant Title And Title Treatment Announced appeared first on FilmReview.com. »
- Marc Eastman
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