Ridley Scott's sequel to the divisive Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, has wrapped, and the Alien Anthology Twitter account has shared a stylish new behind-the-scenes pic of the director alongside a grinning Katherine Waterson (Inherent Vice). There seems to be little doubt that her character's look pays homage to Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, and rumor has it that Daniels may actually be the iconic officer's mother. You can check out some more Bts images Here and Here. “Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the ‘synthetic’ David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.” Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demien Bichir and Danny McBride, and is set to hit theaters on August 4, 2017. »
Warning: There is a potentially major Alien: Covenant spoiler below. Proceed no further if you're sensitive to that kind of thing. ....... ....... ....... Back in June, The Playlist reported that Katherine Waterston would be playing Ellen Ripley's mother in Alien: Covenant, the Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel which just wrapped filming with director Ridley Scott. While that's an unconfirmed bit of information, this wrap photo posted to the official Alien Anthology Twitter today certainly shows Waterston looking very, very Ripley-esque: Filming has wrapped. The next phase begins. #AlienCovenant pic.twitter.com/tH19MTGjfB — Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 19, 2016 Indeed, with her close-cropped hair, light-colored top and over-the-shoulder holster, the look of Waterston's character closely resembles Ripley's from Aliens. If nothing else, the photo will certainly fuel further speculation on the link between the two women. I mean, look, it's already happening! Thanks for the content, guys. Alien: Covenant hits theaters on August 4, 2017. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Such is the gravity of post-production and CGI work on Hollywood’s marquee releases, that some of 2017’s biggest releases are already beginning to wrap filming. Just yesterday, we brought you the news that The Mummy, Universal’s modern redo of the cult supernatural thriller, had completed principal photography in London and now, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant will join it in post.
That’s according to the ever-active Alien Anthology Twitter feed (thanks, Collider), which has also unearthed what is surely the final set photo of Covenant, spotlighting Ridley Scott opposite Inherent Vice breakout Katherine Waterston.
Filming has wrapped. The next phase begins. #AlienCovenant pic.twitter.com/tH19MTGjfB
— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 19, 2016
Joining a crew of spacefaring explorers that comprises Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz and Danny McBride as the vessel’s captain, details remain few and far between regarding Alien: Covenant‘s plot, »
- Michael Briers
Back in April, production began on 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated Alien: Covenant, which not only serves as a sequel to 2012's Prometheus, but starts a new trilogy that will help bridge the gap to the original 1979 classic Alien. Today we have word that production has officially wrapped, along with a final photo from the set with director Ridley Scott and star Katherine Waterston.
The set photo debuted through the Alien franchise's official Twitter, which teased that "the next phase begins" after filming has wrapped. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't reveal too much, although we haven't seen or heard too much from the set since filming began. We did see a set video earlier this month that revealed a Xenomorph, along with previous glimpses of Michael Fassbender and Danny McBride on the set. Unfortunately, we won't be getting a glimpse of this movie at Comic-Con, since 20th Century Fox is skipping the convention entirely. »
The crew of the colony ship Covenant 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. The sequel to Prometheus looks to inject more horror than its predecessor and according to the following Tweet, filming has wrapped! Filming has... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Filming has officially wrapped on Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant" and to celebrate the end of filming a new official behind-the-scenes photo has been released featuring both Scott and the film's leading female star Katherine Waterston. The picture comes as James Cameron's "Aliens" celebrates it 30th anniversary this week.
Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with "Prometheus," the story begins with the colony ship Covenant bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.
Filming has wrapped. The next phase begins. #AlienCovenant pic.twitter.com/tH19MTGjfB
— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 19, 2016 »
- Garth Franklin
Production on the first movie in Universal’s planned monsters universe, The Mummy, has officially wrapped. Shooting has been taking place in London over the past few weeks, but that all came to an end at the weekend as Tom Cruise and co. completed proceedings on a location shoot in the heart of the city.
Just Jared managed to post one final set pic which you can see below.
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) July 16, 2016
Here’s the synopsis, as provided by Universal.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping »
- Paul Heath
Before Ridley Scott decided to press ahead with his Prometheus sequel / Alien prequel Alien: Covenant, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was gearing up to enter the Alien universe with a sequel to the first two movies, which would have saw Sigourney Weaver returning as Ripley alongside her Aliens co-star Michael Biehn as Hicks. Although it is now on indefinite hold, Weaver has revealed to EW that she’s still committed to the project and feels it will deliver a satisfying ending for her character.
“We have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now. It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending. The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, »
- Gary Collinson
The untitled Neill Blomkamp “Alien” film is set to feature the return of Sigourney Weaver (Ripley) and Michael Biehn (Cpl. Hicks). Even though the plot for the film is currently unknown, we have been provided with some awesome concept art that showcased a scarred Hicks, a battle ready Ripley, and an all grown up Newt. Earlier last year, it was revealed by Blomkamp that his new Alien film will take place after Aliens, and ignore the events of Alien 3 and 4. “My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to Alien and Aliens. That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection, I just want it to be connected to Alien 1 and 2.” The Aliens sequel was set to be released next year, however, the filming of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus-sequel caused Fox to shelve Blomkamp’s project. »
Ryan Lambie Jul 15, 2016
How does Star Trek Into Darkness's plot hold up three years on? Ryan takes a closer look...
It's often the case that post-screening conversations are as much fun as the cinema visit itself. Whether a film's good or bad, sitting and dissecting a movie over a drink or during the car journey home is as much a part of the theatre-going experience as buying popcorn or the joyful sense of anticipation as the lights go down.
Sometimes, it's the most bewildering movies that provoke the most enjoyable discussions. I can still remember the exchanges I had with a friend after watching 2012's Prometheus: why did Rafe Spall tickle that evil-looking space snake? Why did Old Man Weyland hide aboard a ship that was his in the first place? Why didn't Charlize Theron run »
Ridley Scott is just about done filming "Alien: Covenant" in Sydney, Australia where he's been working on the project for a good few months. The "Prometheus" follow-up is slated to hit in August next year and was the cause of another project set within the "Alien" universe being put on hold - Neill Blomkamp's proposed direct sequel to "Aliens".
There's still hope the film will go ahead though, Scott himself is an executive producer on it and series star Sigourney Weaver is still quite keen to revisit. Speaking with EW this week, the actress revealed a few more scant details about the story which will serve as a different conclusion to Ripley's story:
"I hope it won't be a few (years). I hope it'll be a couple. But we'll see... It's a great story and it's satisfying to me to give this woman an ending…The script itself has »
- Garth Franklin
While Sir Ridley Scott is currently shooting Alien: Covenant in Australia, Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien sequel remains on hold. Because Scott was adamant about his follow-up to Prometheus reaching theaters first, Blomkamp and star Sigourney Weaver have gone off to work on other projects, at least in the meantime. There was — and there probably still is — some doubt over whether the sequel will get made, […]
- Jack Giroux
I’ve already logged my complaints with Neill Blomkamp’s revisionist Alien 5, and truth be told, I wouldn’t mind a bit if the project ultimately fell by the wayside. Needless to say, that viewpoint puts me at odds with series star Sigourney Weaver, who is eager to see Blomkamp's vision realized -- though it sounds like it may be awhile before that happens. "[20th Century] Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie [Alien: Covenant]," Weaver told EW in a recent interview. "That was too bad because we would have already done it by now." Indeed, as previously reported, Alien 5 was backburnered to make room for Alien: Covenant, the Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel that’s currently shooting in Australia with stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride, among others (you can watch Drew’s recent interview with McBride and his Vice Principals co-creator Jody Hill below, during »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sigourney Weaver has two big cameos this summer, in the Pixar movie Finding Dory and the Ghostbusters remake, which is in theaters this weekend. And as such, she has been on the press trail quite a bit, where she has dropped little tantalizing tidbits about the impending Alien 5 to be directed by Neill Blomkamp of District 9 and Chappie fame. Last month, Weaver, who is set to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley in this sci-fi sequel, confirmed that the movie will gloss over Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. Now, she says that the sequel, which doesn't have a title yet, will finally give Ripley a proper send off. So we can look for it to be Sigourney's final bow as Ellen Ripley.
"It's a great story and it's satisfying to me to give this woman an ending. The script itself has so much in it that's so original, but also really satisfies the, »
For anyone eagerly awaiting Neill Blomkamp‘s take on the “Alien” franchise, we’re at the point in time where there’s going to be a lot of talk, but very little action. With the movie on hold at the moment thanks to Ridley Scott, and his desire to make his multiple “Prometheus” prequel movies that will eventually […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ryan Lambie Jul 14, 2016
We take a look at some of the most memorable and freaky floating brains and flying heads in the history of cinema...
For some reason we've yet to discover, cinema has, for decades, been home to all manner of sentient, disembodied heads and floating brains. Note that we’re not talking about decapitations here - though goodness knows that cinema is home to plenty of those, from Japanese samurai epics to modern slasher horrors.
No, we’re talking about movies where heads and brains remain sentient even when they’re stuffed into jars or colossal things made of stone. Sometimes used for comedic effect, at other times for shock value, they’re a surprisingly common phenomenon in the movies. Here, we celebrate a few of our absolute favourites - though you’re sure »
Despite bursting onto the scene with a series of dark and twisted concept art, not to mention a genuinely gripping premise, Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 has put into a cryogenic sleep over at 20th Century Fox, opening up the path for Ridley Scott to push full steam ahead with 2017’s Alien: Covenant.
On ice and positively not cancelled, various tidbits for Blomkamp’s proposed sequel continue to find their way online, with a recent report revealing that the follow-up will effectively split from canon, ignoring the stories of both Alien 3 and Resurrection in the process.
Now, series stalwart Sigourney Weaver has weighed in on the matter, revealing the the South African filmmaker – best known for District 9, Elysium and Chappie – has crafted a fitting conclusion for one Ellen Ripley.
“It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending… The script itself »
- Michael Briers
Ryan Lambie Jul 13, 2016
If the casting of Danny McBride as a crew member in Ridley Scott's forthcoming Prometheus sequel (and Alien prequel) Alien: Covenant had you thinking he might be in the film to provide a bit of levity, the actor himself has dispelled that possibility in a new interview.
Speaking to Hitfix, McBride explains how he went in for a meeting with Scott without even knowing what film he was there to talk about - it was only when he saw some diagrams of space ships that he began to suspect. He then goes on to reveal that, as he read the script, he realised that his character - a pilot aboard the Weyland-Yutani exploration ship, Covenant - is far from a comic foil amongst all the deep-space hideousness. »
“We’re really, really fortunate on this because Marvel and Kevin Feige have really embraced the character, and nobody knows it as well as Marvel,” said Rothman. “It is another crown jewel of Sony’s for sure. [The title] is relevant to the story because it takes place in high school and there is a scene — that I guess I can give a little thing — at a homecoming dance. I’ve actually seen the dailies of it because we already did the high school shooting of it in the first couple weeks. It’s fantastic! But it’s also a homecoming to Marvel. And a homecoming to the cinematic universe that Spider-Man belongs in. So it’s a pretty unprecedented deal between two studios, »
- Gary Collinson
Have you heard about Alien: Covenant? The film that was Prometheus 2 then Alien: Paradise Lost, before it adopted its current title, may be in trouble. Not the kind of trouble that Prometheus faced (namely, putting Damon Lindelof in charge of the script) – this is much worse. Ben Child at the Guardian has added up all the info we have on Covenant so far and come to the conclusion that Ridley Scott is seemingly just making the film up as he goes.
The changing title is just the start of it. Lindelof was re-hired to pen the Prometheus sequel, then fired. The idea to keep the xenomorph out of the picture was introduced, then dropped, while long after filming began with Noomi Rapace replaced on lead character duties by Katherine Waterston, it was announced that Rapace would return for the sequel after all.
Alien: Covenant isn’t the first of »
- Brogan Morris
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