Alex Proyas

Fake Feminist Sci-Fi Films of the Fifties

Before the recent advances in Hollywood due to the #metoo and #timesup movements, there were science fiction films that showed strong women.  Characters like Ripley in Alien and Sarah Conner from the Terminator franchise showed women that were smart and capable without turning into damsels in distress at the sign of the first man who could help them.  While women in sci-fi films of the past were often just eye candy, some films are so misogynistic that it is either painful or hilarious to watch them (often both).

In the 1950s, as the feminist movement gained traction, some films seemed intent in showing strong women that were only waiting for a man to come along and melt their cold hearts.  Others showed that when women had power they became either crazy, violent, or both.

These movies all felt feminist to viewers when they were released but to the modern eye they really support the patriarchy of the times.  Here are the most egregious examples.

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Opening weekend has not been kind to director Alex ProyasGods Of Egypt and neither have movie critics. The film earned a paltry $14 million at the box office domestically and another $24 million world-wide, and sits on a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Deadpool remained the top film for the 3rd week and while Gods Of Egypt came in second, critical reviews for the film, along with the pre-release poor press about white washing roles will keep many movie goers from taking a chance on the film during its theatrical run. Over the weekend Proyas took to Facebook to vent his obvious frustrations about movie critics and the state of the critical Blogosphere industry. (more…)

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You guys… I bring you this news because it is my job to do so, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy doing this to you. Let’s just get this done quick, like ripping off a Band-Aid. Gods of Egypt has released its first theatrical trailer. It’s… interesting to say the least. Besides the cast for a movie set in ancient Egypt being pretty damn white-washed, the special effects are big and bad and unapologetic. Every shot seems like a glorified flex-fest between Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gerard Butler (The latter totally plucks out the former’s eye, by the way. Because that’s what you do when someone is unfit to be king, right?). Read on for the actual premise of the movie, and the trailer itself. (more…)

James O’Barr Says Make His ‘Crow’ Sam Witwer

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Sometimes it seems that getting a remake of The Crow off the ground is almost as difficult as trying to get a third Ghostbusters made, but with movement happening on the latter, what will it take to get progression on the former? Of course, you’re immediate reaction may be, “Why does it need to?” the vitriolic distaste for remakes drives fan culture, and not all of it unjustifiably cynical. Still, some people want to see The Crow fly again, but damned if the Powers That Be can’t figure out a way to make it happen, especially since they keep losing directors and leading men. So let’s go right to Crow creator James O’Barr, who would he want as The Crow? Hint: he’s already fought vampires, Superman and Cylons. (more…)

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In some news related to Game of Thrones that has absolutely nothing to do with The Red Wedding or those involved, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the cruel but charming Jaime Lannister, is in talks to star in Alex ProyasGods of Egypt. The Wrap reports Coster-Waldau will play the god, Horus, in Summit Entertainment’s mythic, fantasy epic.

Proyas, probably best known for the Will Smith flick, I, Robot, had a hand in shaping the script along with screenwriters Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama. Gods of Egypt is set in – surprise! – ancient Egypt and will follow, “Horus, the god of the sky, who teams up with a human thief and Hathor, the goddess of love, on a magical quest to avenge the death of his father, Osiris.”

I’m betting 10-1 in this version, Horus and Hather are brother and sister. And lovers. What? Gods and incest go together like a couple of Lannisters. … Which, means terribly, so scratch that, I just really wanted to work that incest angle in here. Anyway, Coster-Waldau, a god? Seems like a no brainer to me. Can’t wait to learn more about this flick. As of now, no production start date has been set, and obviously, still a bit of casting to be done.

What are you thinking about Gods of Egypt? Interested? Hopefully we aren’t in for another Clash/Wrath of the Titans or The Immortals.

Source: The Wrap via Digital Spy

Proyas and ‘Eureka’ Co-Creator to ‘Evolve’ for ABC

Alex Proyas has mad props from the nerd community for such classics as Dark City and The Crow (and I, Robot if you’re counting, but who does?), but he hasn’t yet gone to the next level and made a TV nerd obsession… Until now.

Proyas is teaming up with Jaime Paglia, co-creator of the long-running Sy-Fy hit Eureka, to create a new series for ABC based on the book trilogy Toxic City from British Fantasy Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Tim Lebbon.

The series is called Evolve, and it will follow a group of ordinary people who sneak back into the quarantined city of Los Angeles two years after a mysterious biological agent is released in the city. What they find there is a city full of people with super-human abilities, and the government has a vested interest in keeping these people trapped in the LA city limits. ABC will likely be prepping Evolve for the 2013/14 TV season.

So the series sounds like a combination of Revolution and The 4400? Could be interesting. What do you Bastards think?

Source: Deadline

Director Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) has recently signed on to direct an adaptation of a graphic novel by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden.  The story is titled Joe Golem and the Drowning City and revolves around a steampunky-styled version of 1970s New York City that has taken an unexpected plunge beneath the surface of the water.

Numerous characters come together and must fight against an evil of some sort and… well, just read the official summary below and you’ll pretty much get it.

In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. Those unwilling to abandon their homes created a new life on streets turned to canals and in buildings whose first three stories were underwater. Fifty years have passed since then, and the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats, poor people trying to eke out an existence, and those too proud or stubborn to be defeated by circumstance.

Among them are fourteen-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind. When a seance goes horribly wrong, Felix Orlov is abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits, and Molly soon finds herself on the run.

Her flight will lead her into the company of a mysterious man, and his stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, whose own past is a mystery to him, but who walks his own dreams as a man of stone and clay, brought to life for the sole purpose of hunting witches.

I’ve never had the pleasure of reading it, but from that little description it sounds pretty cool.  With Mignola and Golden in the writing credits and Proyas at the helm, this could turn out to be a dream-team of awesome.  Unfortunately, the project may be a while before it sees production, as Proyas is currently attached to a long list of other projects.

 

Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the info.

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