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Say what you want about Prometheus, but it had a pretty great cast that included Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba. That’s some raw talent right there, and why not, when you’re Ridley Scott you can recruit that kind of talent just as easily as a xenomorph tears apart a crew of space truckers. So in making Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost Alien: Covenant, you know that there are a lot of people who’d be willing to take Scott’s call, like Danny McBride, for example. Yes, the Eastbound and Down, Pineapple Express and This is the End star is the latest name attached to Covenant. (more…)

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After winning the coveted Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical for The Martian last Sunday, Ridley Scott did what he does second best: talk about his future projects. Scott seems to be particularly chatty these days about his next movie Alien: Covenant, the halfway between prequel, sequel and reboot of the Prometheus and Alien series. No new specific plot details were offered, but in a general way, Scott confirmed the content of the film, and he said it will be worthy of a “hard R” rating. And while it’s good to know that Scott won’t spare us the blood and gore in his new Alien movie, it’s worth pointing out that squeamishness was not one of the problems with Prometheus. (more…)

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Ridley Scott is reportedly in early talks to bring a version of 1960’s cult TV series The Prisoner to the big screen. The project has been in development at Universal for a while now, and it has had interest from none other than Christopher Nolan back in 2009 (although nothing came of it). The original series centred around a secret government agent who is kidnapped by unknown assailants the moment he resigns; finding himself in an idyllic yet bizarre seaside village, he is known only by the moniker Number Six. Over the 17-episode one-season run, Number Six attempts escape, evades the balloon-like “Rover,” and keeps his secrets secret in order to stay alive. (more…)

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Granted, it’s Star Wars day and you, like millions of others, will be making your way to a theater near you at some point today to see The Force Awakens, but let’s not forget that there are other space movie franchises out there. To wit, we have a new piece of casting news from Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost Alien: Covenant. Ridley Scott‘s looking to move quickly on making this his next project, and there’s already a release date in place for 2017, so he better start filling that spaceship with new, fresh faces… That will be hugged! And so it’s begun with Inherent Vice actress Katherine Waterston. (more…)

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It’s been less than a week since 20th Century Fox announced a name change for Ridley Scott’s follow up to Prometheus, which is being touted as the first “official” Alien prequel, Alien Covenant, which is currently in the pre-production stages. The movie will feature a new ship, The Covenant, and its crew stumbling across a planet believed to be a paradise, but is “actually a dark, dangerous world – whose sole inhabitant is the ‘synthetic’ David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition”.  (more…)

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It’s been quite a year for Alien developments. Way back in February, we started seeing hints that a new Alien sequel was in development under the supervision of District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, and then production began ramping up on Ridley Scott‘s sequel to Prometheus. In the last couple of months though it’s Scott’s movie Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost Alien: Covenant that has taken prescience, while Alien 5 was put on “indefinite hold,” but now “indefinite” seems not so definite. One of the stars of the Alien franchise, Michael Biehn, is saying that his next adventure in the Alien universe merely awaits the release of Scott’s. (more…)

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Over the weekend, Ridley Scott let slip the new title for the sequel to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant. Now 20th Century Fox has confirmed that title change and released an official synopsis along with the premiere date of October 6th, 2017 for the film. There’s an interesting lack of mention for Noomi Rapace‘s Elizabeth Shaw in the synopsis… what might that mean for the character and movie? (more…)

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There was a lot of hype around Prometheus before it was released in the Summer of 2012. Fans wondered what mysteries would be revealed in the film, who was the space jockey, where did the xenomprphs come from, and why was the company so obsessed with them? In the end though, those questions were only barely half answered, and even with those partial answers, most fans just wished that Ridley Scott hadn’t tried in the first place. But if you were one of those people disappointed in the non-answers of Prometheus, Scott says don’t worry, answers will be made available in the upcoming sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost. (more…)

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It was a tremendous shock when earlier this year District 9 director Neill Blomkamp posted to Instagram a number of pieces of concept art for a new Alien film; and it was even more of a shock when, a short time after that, Twentieth Century Fox said they were greenlighting Blomkamp’s vision for the franchise’s new entry. Then Chappie crashed and burned, and there was an imperative for Blomkamp to deliver not just a great chapter of the Alien saga, but to salvage some of that District 9 mojo. But now there’s mojo-interuptus as Blomkamp’s Alien has had to take a back seat to Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost. (more…)

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Over the better part of two decades, Matt Damon has been the saved (Saving Private Ryan) and on more than one occasion, he’s managed to save an entire country (Invictus) and even the world (Elysium). Last year, he essayed Dr. Mann (Man) in Christopher Nolan‘s magnum opus of time, space, and love, Interstellar. To quote one character, Mann was the “best of us,” except he wasn’t the best of us, not by several million light years. This time out, though, Damon gets to indeed play the “best of us,” an irony-free, nearly super-heroic botanist inadvertently stranded on Mars (left for dead by his mission crew after a category awful dust storm) and forced to fend for himself, Robinson Crusoe-style (not to be confused with Robinson Crusoe on Mars, an entirely different film from a more innocent, more naïve time, i.e., 1964). Damon’s hero-botanist, Mark Watney, may be an every-man on the surface, but he’s also a science hero with a big brain and vast reservoirs of scientific knowledge, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. (more…)