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It's a good day to be a replicant: "Blade Runner," one of the most beloved and highly influential science fiction films of all time, will finally be getting its long-discussed sequel, set to shoot in the summer of 2016. And what's more - Harrison Ford will be back as futuristic private eye Rick Deckard in a story set "several decades" after the original film.
And, to add icing onto the cake, the producers have picked out probably the best filmmaker for this material not named Ridley Scott (and depending on your thoughts on Scott's return to the "Alien" franchise, "Prometheus," this could be a better choice) - "Prisoners" filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. In short: this movie is going to be awesome.
- Drew Taylor
After directing a new "Alien" film, called "Prometheus," director Ridley Scott signed on to direct a sequel to his "Blade Runner" sci-fi film. But recently came word that he won't be directing, just producing. Today, Alcon Entertainment has announced that Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) is in final negotiations to direct "Blade Runner 2" and that Harrison Ford is confirmed to reprise his role of Rick Deckard. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. "We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on 'Prisoners,'" said Alcon Entertainment. "Hampton [Fancher, writer of original film] and Michael [Green], with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn't be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team." »
Regardless of whether he liked the first film or not, something in Harrison Ford’s programming has swayed him to sign up for the long discussed Blade Runner 2, following an official statement from the studio (via Deadline). Not only that but the films original director, Ridley Scott, has stayed true to his word and will be keeping well away from the filmmaking throne, leaving space for Denis Villeneuve, who is in now in talks to helm the project.
“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, »
- Nicholas Staniforth
Harrison Ford is getting a late-in-life career boost by recreating all the projects that made him famous in the first place.
First he came back for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, then he reprised his iconic role as Han Solo for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Now, it looks like he’ll be donning his rain soaked trench coat once more for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel.
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The original film, directed by Ridley Scott, was set in a futuristic Los Angeles and focused on android-hunting police officer Rick Deckard (Ford), who struggles with the questions of morality and what it really means to be human.
Released in 1982, the film faced initially poor reviews and a tepid box office performance. After the release of Scott’s Director’s Cut in 1992 the film began to get the recognition it deserved as a critical piece of sci-fi »
In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.
We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.
News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).
Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »
That cult movie you love from 30 years ago? It’s coming back as a remake. Did the last attempt at a movie adaptation of a well-loved comic book hero not go so well? Don’t worry, they’re rebooting it. Does your favorite childhood film no longer appeal to newer generations? One word: remake.
On Wednesday of last week we were greeted with the news that Neil Blomkamp’s next film would be another addition to the Alien franchise. This film will likely be a remake or reboot of the original film based on the confusion of Prometheus that will hopefully be explained by the end of Prometheus 2 (a sequel after Alien: Resurrection 20 years later just doesn’t make sense to me). Fans everywhere were excited for the announcement. Even if you don’t particularly like movies with Xenomorphs in them, the news wasn’t really that surprising. A »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
This week Neil Calloway is wary of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film…
When Neill Blomkamp released some of the artwork for his proposed Alien film, I was impressed – concept art for science fiction films is often better than the films themselves – and mentally filed it in my “great unmade films” drawer. It sat there alongside the Gladiator sequel scripted by Nick Cave, in which Russell Crowe’s character is resurrected and fights in various battles throughout history, Return of the Jedi directed by David Lynch (he was offered it, and turned it down because he did not want to helm a science fiction film where he was not in control of the material; ironically his next film would be an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. I cannot imagine what Lynch’s version of Jabba’s Palace would look like) and the unmade Jurassic Park sequel that featured dinosaurs, obviously, »
- Neil Calloway
Yesterday it was reported by THR that production had been shut down on Mission: Impossible 5 in order to provide time for director Christopher McQuarrie to come up with a “new and improved finale” for the latest chapter of the blockbuster spy series.
According to the initial report, Paramount executives were disappointed with the ending to the film and were demanding reshoots to the finale. Well, it seems that might not be the case after all, as McQuarrie has now taken to Twitter to debunk the story, stating that filming had never wrapped, and the plan was to take “a short break to prep the finale properly”.
Mission: Impossible 5 is set for release on July 31st, with Tom Cruise in joined by fellow franchise veterans eremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames and new additions Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Alec Baldwin (Still Alice).
- Gary Collinson
According to The Hollywood Reporter, production has been halted on the upcoming action sequel Mission: Impossible 5 to allow director Christopher McQuarrie time to come up with “a new and improved finale” after the original ending was deemed unsatisfactory by Paramount executives.
The site goes on to report that there are no major concerns at the studio, with a high level executive reportedly responding to a question about whether the fifth instalment in the blockbuster spy series is seriously behind schedule with the comment, “Are you kidding? We made World War Z.”
Paramount recently moved up the release of Mission: Impossible 5 from December to July 31st. Joining Tom Cruise in the cast are fellow franchise veterans eremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, and new additions Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Alec Baldwin (Still Alice).
- Gary Collinson
Following in the footsteps of yesterday’s massively exciting news that Neill Blomkamp is officially directing an Alien film for 20th Century Fox is yet another thrilling bit of information, which should be music to your Xenomorph-loving ears. Read on for… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
As the long-awaited release of Mad Max: Fury Road draws ever-closer, an international trailer has arrived online for the latest chapter in George Miller’s iconic post-apocalyptic action series, although by the looks of things it doesn’t offer up any new footage from the Tom Hardy-headlined film. Still, it’s pretty great, so check it out below…
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
As Alien 5 is announced, here's a look at what we know about the sequel so far, and our questions, fears and hopes about what it might hold.
From a bystander's perspective, the story of Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 project seems to have moved with all the speed and agility of the franchise's title monster. What began as a collection of artwork on Instagram in the early part of the year had morphed into a distinct possibility by February.
While on the press tour for his latest sci-fi film, Chappie, the director indicated that Fox was keen for him to make an Alien sequel, and that Sigourney Weaver had also been interested in getting involved. The problem, it seemed, was Blomkamp's own disillusionment with the Hollywood system; "I just wasn't sure if I was going to do another film - like, at all," he told Uproxx.
As we now know, the situation has changed. »
Back in January, Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) posted a bunch of concept art for an "Alien" film (see below) that he has been working on. He said that he has never discussed the project with 20th Century Fox. Later on, Blomkamp said revealed that while working on "Chappie," he would often think about making a new "Alien" movie and even spoke to "Chappie" actress Sigourney Weaver about reprising her Ellen Ripley role. Now comes word that 20th Century Fox has officially signed a deal with Blomkamp to develop a new "Alien" film, which will be completely separate from "Prometheus 2." "So I think this is officially my next film," the director wrote on Instagram. According to insiders, Blomkamp's movie takes place years after the "Prometheus" sequel. Ridley Scott is on board to direct "Prometheus 2" and produce Blomkamp's "Alien." Concept Art: (click to enlarge) »
Over the past few months director Neill Blomkamp, whose robotic crime movie "Chappie" opens next month (and who, contrary to Twitter scuttlebutt, is very good indeed), has released a series of cryptic images over his Instagram account that suggest he was in the process of developing a new movie set within the "Alien" universe. Well, it looks like that is very much the case, as Deadline is reporting that Blomkamp has been hired to direct a new installment in the franchise, to be produced by series overlord Ridley Scott. True to form, Blomkamp took to Instagram, posting a photo of the xenomorph and saying it's "officially my next film." Zounds!
Deadline was quick to point out that Scott is still actively developing a sequel to "Prometheus," which he will once again produce and direct. There is no timeline on either project but both are moving forward (even without workable scripts »
- Drew Taylor
The rumours are true: Alien is coming back for a new movie.
The news sent social media into a frenzy, as fans expressed their pleasure and dismay.
Digital Spy rounds-up the best reactions on Twitter below:
1. Many generally celebrated the news
— Maurice (@followmaurice) February 19, 2015
— Victor Kyle Chavez (@reptilekyle07) February 19, 2015
New Alien Film Tweet: I'm hopeful, but I also know better. We'll see.
— Adam Griffin (@Griffmoy) February 19, 2015
2. The majority praised Neill Blomkamp's appointment as director
What is it about the Alien franchise that has made it so enduring? Ripley’s a hell of a female character for sure, but then the undying terror of a faceless, yet iconic monster only bent on destruction is also a good enough catalyst that everyone from Ridley Scott to James Cameron to David Fincher to Ridley Scott again would want to grapple with it.
If anyone was to continue the franchise and tie Prometheus back to its origins, it would be director Neill Blomkamp, whose District 9 still feels like something of a spiritual successor to Scott’s horror masterpiece. Now Blomkamp, fresh off his upcoming Chappie, is getting that opportunity by signing a deal with Fox for a new Alien sequel.
The film will presumably be an extension of Prometheus 2, which is currently in production and set for 2016, and Scott will serve as an executive producer on the new film. »
- Brian Welk
Blomkamp rocked the online movie world last month 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.
The other week in an interview, he then went on to say that Fox was actually keen to do the movie, but he himself was the hold up as he wasn't sure he wanted to tackle a major studio movie.
Then a few hours ago he posted the following image:
Um... So I think it's officially my next film. #alien
A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Feb 18, 2015 at 3:55pm Pst
Shortly after, 20th Century Fox confirmed the news to Variety and indicated that this will be a »
- Garth Franklin
20th Century Fox has confirmed to HitFix that Neill Blomkamp is indeed now officially set to make an "Alien" sequel, as the director stated today on his Instagram account, which any hardcore "Alien" fan should be subscribed to already. We've also confirmed that this will not be a direct follow-up to "Prometheus," but will take place after "Prometheus 2," which Ridley Scott will produce. I'm curious how any of that will work now. If you saw the initial imagery that Neill Blomkamp released online, he's obviously envisioned a film that ignores pretty much anything that takes place after the ending of James Cameron's "Aliens." It's the sort of thing that I'm used to seeing from hardcore fanboys, but I'm not sure I've ever seen a series that hates its own continuity with quite the vigor that the "Alien" franchise does. Fox is confirming that the film will take place after "Prometheus 2, »
- Drew McWeeny
What started out as some wishful thinking with concept art on Instagram, has now turned into a deal at 20th Century Fox, and Neill Blomkamp's next film after Chappie will be a brand new Alien film, that will apparently be produced by Ridley Scott and take place after Prometheus 2. Come inside to learn all there is at this point.
I can't begin to describe how giddy I am at this bit of news that's come out. Last month, Neill Blomkamp stirred up Alien fans by posting concept art on a new Alien movie he had been tinerking with. While the art and ideas shown off looked increidble, the sad part was that he only posted the images because he said nothing would ever come from it. Fans weren't the only ones impressed with the concept, however, as the images captured the attention of 20th Century Fox and they've »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
It started with District 9 writer/director Neill Blomkamp killing some time during post-production on Chappie, but his concept art originally made for fun will now become a reality, as 20th Century Fox has signed Neill Blomkamp to direct a new Alien movie.
Variety confirms what Blomkamp recently posted to Instagram: that a new Alien film will be the writer/director's next movie. Blomkamp worked with Sigourney Weaver, who played protagonist Ellen Ripley in four Alien films, in his upcoming movie, Chappie, and he incorporated the actress in his concept art, along with Michael Biehn, who memorably portrayed Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in James Cameron's Aliens, a character who was unceremoniously killed off at the beginning of Alien 3. Weaver last played Ellen Ripley (albeit a clone of Ripley) in 1997's Alien Resurrection.
Could both Weaver and Biehn come back for this new Alien movie? That still remains to be seen, »
- Derek Anderson
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