19 items from 2015
After being dropped by The Weinstein Company back in March, the sci-fi thriller Passengers has a new lease on life, with The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum now circling the project. Sony picked up Passengers late last year, with the studio considering this sci-fi love story a major priority. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) was previously attached to direct when the project was at The Weinstein Company, which had originally been set for release on April 3, 2015.
Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) wrote the screenplay, which follows a colonist (Keanu Reeves) travelling with over 5,000 passengers on a century-long journey to a new world. The colonist's sleep chamber malfunctions, causing him to wake up 90 years before any of the other passengers. Faced with dying alone on this ship, he wakes up a female journalist, when they realize that they need to save everyone else on board. Rachel McAdams was initially set to »
Oh what a difference an Oscar nod makes! Just recently, The Imitation Game helmer Morten Tyldum found himself nominated for the Best Director Academy Award. And now, the prestigious honor of simply being on the shortlist appears to have sent his Hollywood stock rising, as Deadline reports that Sony is keen for him to direct Passengers.
Dubbed a sci-fi love story, the project’s been kicking around for a few years now. Penned by Doctor Strange and Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, it bears a compelling central premise, so it seems surprising this wasn’t already put into production:
Passengers takes place on a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet and has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger, »
- Gem Seddon
Jon Spaihts ("Doctor Strange," "Prometheus") penned the script which is set on a spacecraft transporting thousands of colonists. A malfunction takes place in one of its sleep chambers, causing a single passenger to be awakened ninety years before anyone else.
Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he decides to wake up a second passenger, thus beginning a unique love story. Neal Moritz, Ori Marmur, Stephen Hamel and Michael Maher will produce.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Well, it was only a matter of time…
In what is sure to be a wise move on Paramount Pictures’ part, the studio has shifted the release of the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise to avoid confrontation with Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, bringing the date forward almost a full five months to July 31st 2015.
Mission: Impossible 5 was originally slated to arrive on Christmas Day, one week after the release of J.J. Abrams’ surefire blockbuster. Mi:5 becomes the second film to move clear of The Force Awakens after Kung Fu Panda 3, which will now land in March 2016.
Mission: Impossible 5 is directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), and sees franchise veterans Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner returning alongside Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Sean Harris (Prometheus).
- Gary Collinson
Marvel has entered into negotiations with 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor for an unspecified supporting role in their Phase Two sequel Doctor Strange. Variety's sources reveal that talks are in very early stages, but the studio is "very high" on the actor for a role. Benedict Cumberbatch was confirmed as the title character back in October.
We also reported last month that Marvel was eyeing Morgan Freeman to play the Ancient One. In the comics, the Ancient One was the previous Sorcerer Supreme, who served as a mentor to Stephen Strange. However, it isn't known if that story will be told in this Marvel Phase Three adventure, following an August report that revealed Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, starting with the character already established as a superhero.
Ranking any franchise is a personal and difficult process, but the Alien series represents its own challenges. Were you more affected by the intimate shocks of the 1979 original, or the more action-led 1986 sequel? Were you impressed by Alien 3's commitment to its bleak tone, or irked by its soupy darkness?
You're sure to have your own opinions as to how the Alien movies should be ranked, though we'd wager that, like us, you'd place the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs quite far down the list. But then there's Ridley Scott's prequel, Prometheus, a film some might rank far above Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky Alien Resurrection, and perhaps even David Fincher's Alien 3.
Accepting, then, that the ranking below is very much down to personal taste, »
It was the hammer-headed Xenomorph from Ridley Scott's 1979 "Alien," with its macabre, womblike set design, that won famed surrealist H.R. Giger his Oscar in 1980 for Best Achievement in Special Effects. Now, Icarus Films and KimStim have announced the joint acquisition of North American distribution rights -- including theatrical, home video and TV -- to "Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World," directed by Belinda Sallin. 2015 release date forthcoming. Giger, who died in 2014, designed out-of-this-world sets and scenes for "Poltergeist 2," "The Other Side," "Alien 3," "Species" and "Prometheus," to name a few, along with mind-bending cover art for Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Debbie Harry and Danzig. Giger was recently featured in the terrific documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," chronicling the thwarted attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky, who approached Giger to contribute VFX designs, to mount the Frank Herbert »
- Ryan Lattanzio
During its fraught production, Alien 3 went through dozens of drafts. We look at some of the story ideas that never made it to the screen...
For 20th Century Fox, and writer-producers David Giler and Walter Hill, it took nearly six years to figure out an answer to that question. Certainly, when Aliens was in production, director James Cameron had some ideas about a sequel; he once spoke about the prospect of Ripley, Hicks and young Newt - a makeshift family thrown together by that film's events - meeting up again for a second sequel to Alien.
A year after Aliens came out, Cameron was unequivocal »
Take another look @ footage, including the 2014 Comic-Con cast panel session, supporting the upcoming science fiction/fantasy feature "Tomorrowland", written by Damon Lindelof ("Prometheus") and directed by Brad Bird ("Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol"), starring George Clooney ("Gravity") and Britt Robertson ("Under The Dome"):
"What’s good about the future and what’s scary about it," said director Bird. "We wrestle with those things in a slightly mythical way..."
"...a Florida girl 'Casey Newton' (Roberston) dreams of the future...
"..while watching the launchpads @ 'Cape Canaveral' being disassembled.
"She goes exploring one day...
"...and after landing in a bit of trouble, finds herself in possession of a mysterious pin.
"Her discovery of the pin, and the vision of this futuristic land it reveals, leads her to 'Frank Walker' (Clooney)...
"...a hermit and failed inventor who knows more about 'Tomorrowland' than he wants to tell..."
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- Michael Stevens
“Everybody’s gone out of their mind. You’re not the only one, Max.” Moviegoers last saw Max Rockatansky roaming the desert wasteland in 1985, but longtime fans of writer/director George Miller’s apocalyptic road rage series will be reunited with the widowed wanderer in May of 2015, when Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters. You can get a taste of the post-apocalyptic mayhem to come in a new batch of film stills featuring Nicholas Hoult as Nux, Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Tom Hardy as Mad Max, and several more manic characters.
“From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing »
- Derek Anderson
A collection of new images from George Miller's highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road have surfaced online, and one of them features Charlize Theron in the heat of battle... with one arm! It looks like the photos are scans from a magazine, I just can't tell which one. They originate from here (via: AICN). There's also some storyboard art from the film for you to check out. I'm expecting this to be the most entertainingly badass movie of the 2015.
The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
- Joey Paur
Back in the 1990s, when Fox were trying to pull together the strands of Alien 3, a potentially fascinating concept of a wooden planet full of monks was dreamt up by director Vincent Ward. That idea never made it to the screen, and has since become one of the most interesting "what if" scenarios in science fiction cinema.
But here's another one: it seems that District 9's Neill Blomkamp also had a shot at directing an Alien movie. A project successfully kept under wraps by Fox, this apparently abandoned Alien sequel only came to light when Blomkamp put some concept art examples up on his Instagram feed.
"Was working on this," he casually wrote. "Don't think I am anymore. Love it though."
Given Blomkamp's track record in the sci-fi genre, »
His CV has one or two projects lurking on it that remained frustratingly out of reach – the much-heralded but still unmade Halo film fits that category – but District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has shown a welcome willingness to share when he knows the movies won’t go ahead. He has apparently been quietly developing his take on an Alien franchise sequel, and shared some imagery via Twitter. Admitting that the idea had no official input from 20th Century Fox, which controls the rights to make any Alien follow-ups and seems more committed to having Ridley Scott direct (or at least produce) a Prometheus sequel, Blomkamp enthusiastically showed off intriguing artwork that included a look at Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in human and alien-hybrid form and appears to include Michael Biehn as Hicks.No plot details were given, and it definitely appears that Blomkamp won’t be going ahead with what was called Alien: Xenomorph, »
It’s been a long time coming (it started shooting in July 2012), but we’re now just over five months away from the release of the post-apocalyptic action sequel Mad Max: Fury Road, and thanks to Reddit we’ve got some new images from the film, which you can see right here…
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
- Gary Collinson
While Chappie will surely break new ground as one of the few original sci-fi releases of 2015, director Neill Blomkamp, known for genre favorites District 9 and Elysium, was actually attempting to bring a more familiar franchise back to the big screen. It appears that he was working on a true sequel to the 1986 release Aliens, though in an unofficial capacity. He has released some of the concept art, though with no real context to why or what he was truly planning.
As everyone knowns, director Ridley Scott returned to his roots by directing the Alien prequel Prometheus, which came after two less than well received Alien Vs. Predator movies. It's possible that 20th Century Fox was also planning a true sequel, which is hinted at in art that features Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and Michael Biehn as a badly scarred Hicks. We also get to see the Alien Queen on the loose, »
Considering what a disappointment that Alien prequel Prometheus turned out to be, it would be a blessing if 20th Century Fox saw fit to get another director to enter the world that Ridley Scott created, but has since left stale. Enter District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, who has his film Chappie arriving in March, who revealed some concept art on Twitter for some kind of Alien project that he was working. Blomkamp began to tease the project on Twitter by saying, "Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph." However, we found that's a little bit deceiving after he revealed more. Here's what Neill Blomkamp posted on Twitter, by way of Instagram, sometime last night: Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:30pm Pst Wtf? A photo »
- Ethan Anderton
Looking back at Prometheus (and especially at the special features on the Prometheus Blu-ray), it may have been better if someone other than Ridley Scott had directed a new Alien movie. Perhaps the man for the job should have been District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp, who recently posted some concept art for an Alien film he was working on, although it appears to be in an unofficial capacity. Hit concept art is interesting because while some of it could have easily fit into a new Alien sequel such as the Queen and the Engineers' ship, there are also some intriguing drawings such Ripley strapped with an explosive device and standing next to a facially scarred Hicks (his scarring presumably the result of the acid blood he took to the face in Aliens). It's possible that these designs were just a leisurely activity for Blomkamp, something he may have wanted to pitch to Fox, »
- Matt Goldberg
“Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph,” director Neill Blomkamp tweeted off on New Year’s Day, setting off a firestorm of fan speculation. Was the “District 9” and “Elysium” director — who has his latest sci-fi film “Chappie” arriving in March — working on the next “Prometheus” film or another spin-off from Ridley Scott’s “Alien”? “Woulda rocked. Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created,” he later said, suggesting he was developing some kind of related xenomorph film, and that the project had fallen apart. Well, apparently not. Or at least not anymore. While Blomkamp did post six Instagram photos that looked like concept art and drawings inspired from “Alien,” “Aliens” and “Prometheus,” Blomkamp came clean. “Ps this has nothing to do with the studio,” he wrote on Twitter. “I just feel like I might do something else instead. In which »
- Edward Davis
A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:49pm Pst
Blomkamp revealed that he was working separately from studio 20th Century Fox to develop the Alien movie, with the film now unlikely to ever see the light of day.
"This has nothing to do with the studio. I just feel like I might do something else instead. In which case why not show some work," he wrote on Twitter. "They didn't really even know I was working on it."
The artwork also includes renderings of a Xenomorph, »
19 items from 2015
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