You may remember the mysterious appearance on Instagram some concept art by Neill Blomkamp for something very… Alien. Of course, alien is a concept not unfamiliar to Blomkamp whose breakthrough film was 2009’s District 9, but tackling one of the biggest sci-fi franchises of the last 40 years seems a little bit outside the norm. How can Blomkamp, who seems to have the rare privilege to make big-budget high-concept *original* films, throw himself into a movie series that’s more often than not the subject of such stringent studio interference? But it’s all legit. Blomkamp has admitted it now in a new interview, and more than that, he says that the only thing that’s holding up any real progress on making it a reality is he, him and himself. (more…)
Ridley Scott‘s films have been the subject of many critical divides and sparked a number of debates amongst his fans. Which is great; that’s what film making is all about, individual perceptions and being able to walk away with diverse theories and conclusions. Blade Runner, upon its first release way back in 1982, was subject to a critical mauling and failed at the Box Office. There was rampant in-fighting over the script and the famous: “is he, or isn’t he,” in reference to whether Deckard was a replicant or not (the fact that it’s left up to the viewers is something that a director would never get away with nowadays, what, with test audiences not happy until they have a full-blown conclusion). That’s how the fight about Blade Runner‘s narrative running through the theatrical cut came about; with test audiences and studio executives demanding that the storyline was spoon-fed to them rather than being more evasive. Thank god for the final cut, which is an absolute masterpiece – not just within the sci-fi genre – but as a standalone film. Scott has a knack for dividing critics and audiences alike, and the same thing happened with the fantastic Prometheus (Yes, you heard me right: “fantastic”). (more…)
Word on the street a couple of weeks back, was that Ridley Scott was really happy with the Blade Runner 2 script, but that he would not be directing the long awaited follow-up to the original science-fiction masterpiece. This piece of news was well sourced and came straight from the horse’s mouth. Well it turns out that a certain someone is still undecided about the next project that they plan to pick up – and that certain someone is Ridley Scott – who is currently working on The Martian (a big screen adaptation of Andy Weir‘s popular space survival movie). Therefore, it looks like Scott will have a big decision to make when he has wrapped post-production on The Martian next year. Will Scott direct Blade Runner 2, or will he direct Prometheus 2? (more…)
With the imminent release of Exodus: Gods and Kings upon us, Ridley Scott has been popping up here and there offering tidbits on various projects he is involved with including the widely anticipated follow-up to the Box Office smash hit Sci-Fi Prometheus and the follow up to perhaps one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of our time: Blade Runner. Scott had initially stated that the script for the Blade Runner sequel had been completed and he was happy with it, and with this news we all naturally assumed that he would be back on the director’s chair to helm the beefy sequel after finishing work on the Matt Damon starer The Martian. Turns out that is not the case (…yes, horrible news indeed). (more…)
Prometheus was an adequate enough introduction back into Ridley Scott‘s Alien universe. A lot of questions were left unanswered, but that is part of the beauty of the Science Fiction genre; a sense of mystery, room to theorize, to talk with others and debate and learn in a reciprocal manner. It’s not any secret that Ridley Scott is a Sci-Fi auteur; master of his craft. He creates movies that have individuals’ thinking for themselves and developing their own interpretations (Blade Runner and whether Deckard is a replicant or not anyone?). With Prometheus, it seems one of the main problems that irked some of the fans was the fact the movie wasn’t a direct prequel to the Alien series as was originally planned. Some were annoyed that Damon Lindelof had been called in to tinker with the script (which makes one wonder how Lindelof haters feel about Green Lantern‘ scriber Michael Green penning the sequel) . The fact it is set in the same universe should have been enough to suffice no? Apparently not! Apparently people wanted more of the same. Well, word on the street is that Ridley Scott has been dishing some dirt on his plans for the highly anticipated sequel. (more…)
It’s time to read between the lines again. Ridley Scott made some recent comments about Prometheus 2 that have many Alien franchise fans scratching their heads and shaking their fists in the air. You’ll notice I didn’t say Prometheus fans, because 99% of them would rather be known as Aliens fans first. While talking with Yahoo! about his current schedule, which might just be the most hectic in Hollywood, well second most hectic, Samuel L. Jackson is in everything and must be number one when it comes to a hectic Hollywood shooting schedule. What did Ridley say that has such a large portion of Aliens franchise fans in an uproar? (more…)
Are you one of the many fans who just can’t wait to revisit the world of replicants that Ridley Scott brought to life in Blade Runner? Maybe you can’t wait to get back to the Prometheus to see just how much further the events of the crew tie into the entire Alien mythos. Perhaps you are just a Ridley Scott fan who can’t wait to see what the prolific film maker has to offer next. Well, no matter which of those categories you may reside in, we have some good news for you today. (more…)
Do people even want Alien 5? While Ridley Scott‘s own Prometheus didn’t set the world on fire, it’s still getting a sequel. That film series is set generations before the events in Alien and it seems its sequel will move even further and further away from the universe created back in the late 70’s. So if a new Alien film was in the works, where would it fit in? What would it be about? Who would be in it?
According to Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver, she would be keen to star. (more…)
There are a few simple rules regarding conversation in my house:
1. No politics
2. No religion
3. No insulting the films of Brian De Palma or David Cronenberg
4. Those who mention Prometheus will be shot
It’s not that I despise Prometheus (the first half is actually quite good), it’s just that the very thought of the movie’s squandered potential irks me to no end. So count me as someone who is actually looking forward to the sequel, as I hope (maybe against hope) that Ridley Scott & Co. can actually stick the landing this time, instead of dropping a giant, somewhat phallic-looking spaceship on my dome. Unfortunately, one of its busiest stars cast a shadow of doubt upon when we’re actually going to see the continued adventures of Elizabeth Shaw and the severed head of David the Robot today, thus meaning I can’t set a defined date upon which I can revisit and possibly revise my “house rules”.
It looks like Damon Lindelof has taken his final internet ass-kicking on Twitter as the prolific writer/producer has seemingly deleted his Twitter account. I know cyber-bullying is a hot issue right now, but to think that even a Hollywood player like Lindelof can have his ego so shattered that he gives up his Twitter account… Well boy, I don’t know. (more…)