Neil Blomkamp Hired for ‘Alien’ Movie

After teasing fans that he had planned an “Alien” movie that didn’t pan out with the studio, director Neil Blomkamp (District 9) revealed this week on his Instagram that 20th Century Fox has hired him to make the movie after all, according to Variety.

Blomkamp said the idea for the “Alien” film was on his mind while he was filming his current movie, Chappie (opening March 6), which features Sigourney Weaver. He told the world Fox didn’t bite on the idea, and the director released a bunch of the concept art that he had worked up featuring Ripley (Weaver), Hicks (Michael Biehn), xenomorphs and some interesting new stuff. Check it out:

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Del Toro To Try Scaling Mountains of Madness Again!

madness1Director Guillermo Del Toro, bless his geek heart, has decided to take another run at getting his dream project — a faithful adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic tale At the Mountains of Madness — off the ground and into multiplexes.

The Mexican maestro is so dedicated to this project that reviving ATMOM was one of the reasons Del Toro turned down a chance to direct Star Wars — Episode VII!

Del Toro had gotten pretty far into preproduction on ATMOM with none other than Tom Cruise in the lead role way back in 2011 when Universal suddenly pulled the plug, nervous about the flick’s unavoidable R rating and a budget that was anything but cheap.
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“Honest Trailer” Parodies Prometheus

Ridley Scott’s highly-anticipated, somewhat underwhelming Prometheus is available on Blu-ray/DVD today, packing a bunch of alternate and deleted scenes, commentaries and all the usual good stuff to this kinda/sorta/more or less prequel to the Alien franchise.

I enjoyed Prometheus for what it was — probably because I was the only person in the world who didn’t expect Scott to answer all the questions in the Alien universe — and I posted a review to that effect after I saw it in the theater. I am looking forward to watching the Blu-ray because I want to see what was left out. Interestingly, Scott refused to cut together an extended version of the movie for this release, because he says the version seen in theaters is his “director’s cut.” So the extra  footage is on the disc, just not edited into the movie.

To have a little fun with the movie, here is a so-called “Honest Trailer” that pokes holes in the regular trailer with a cynical voice-over telling us what we’re not really going to see…

My favorite line is the bit about the woman “who can only run in straight lines” — I was practically shouting in the theater for her to “take a hard right! Or a left, even!”

Fox Engineers a Prometheus Sequel

Well, 20th Century Fox officially announced that there will be a sequel to Prometheus, with Ridley Scott involved, and it should be in theaters in 2014 or 2015.

In addition to Scott, whose role is so far unclear — will he direct or just produce? — Noomi Rapace (Shaw) and Michael Fassbender (David) are signed for the sequel. Co-writer Damon Lindelof (Lost), however, “might not be available,” so new writers are being considered. Lindelof has already pitched his ideas for a follow-up, and it is unknown if any of his ideas will be incorporated into the next movie.

“Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it,” says Fox president of production Emma Watts, in announcing that the studio is “actively pushing ahead” with the sequel.
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Prometheus’ Engineer FX

Here is short video clip (which could be considered a minor spoiler if you have not seen Prometheus yet) that explains what went into realizing that Engineer’s sacrifice at the very beginning of the movie. Turns out the SFX were quite involved and the artists went to great lengths to make the DNA “war” look believable.

If you haven’t seen Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus yet, what are you waiting for?


Prometheus (2012) (Non-spoiler)

For a long time now, director Ridley Scott and co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof have been preaching that Prometheus has “Alien DNA,” but little did moviegoers suspect just how literal that description would be. I thought it meant the movie would have background elements that related to the 1979 classic’s universe that were not in-your-face; but, like the crew of the vessel Prometheus, I was wrong, so wrong.

The story begins in 2089 with a pair of scientists, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discovering ancient cave paintings that confirm their belief that an alien species (dubbed the Engineers) seeded human life on Earth and left a star map as an invitation to come visit the parent species when we became sufficiently advanced. Enter dying wealthy eccentric Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), who funds Shaw and Holloway’s voyage 35 lightyears (about 205 trillion miles) into deep space because he wants to meet his maker before he dies. When the Prometheus crew arrive at their destination, what they find is nothing they expected.
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Prometheus’ “Quiet Eye” communiqué

I know, I know, just recently I was complaining about all the Prometheus trailers, but this is a bit different; it’s one of those would-be viral videos, and as such it doesn’t spoil the movie by showing anything important to the plot, unlike the plethora of trailer spoilers.

This clip features Noomi Rapace (star of the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels) as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw making her plea to wealthy Mr. Weyland to fund her… pet project. But the really interesting thing about this clip is the Yutani corporation logo splashed over Shaw’s communication. Does she work for Yutani, or did Yutani make the communications gear? Fans of the Alien series know the Weyland-Yutani corporation owned the Nostromo, so when did the companies merge?

Prometheus Has Landed (with another clip)

OK, I’m practically drooling in anticipation of of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, but even I’m starting to think that 20th Century Fox is releasing too much teaser material. All the available trailers and viral-marketing clips and more trailers are combining to paint a pretty clear picture of what the movie is about, potentially spoiling everything.

And now comes another new international poster (yawn), which was really unnecessary, and a video clip showing the Prometheus spacecraft landing. It’s clear that the sequence is pretty heavily edited, but it’s still interesting in the sense that it depicts the crew of the spaceship as a well-oiled machine.

The June 8 release date is rapidly approaching, so I think Fox should dial back on the spoilers and ratchet up the tease factor; that’s the best strategy for getting people interested in an Alien-related movie.

Newest Prometheus Trailer Launched!

Can a trailer be too good? We know all too well that trailers can be very, very bad (I’m looking at you, John Carter), but can they be great without spoiling everything? I think they can be, and as proof, I submit this international trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

We’ve seen quite a number of teaser clips, viral videos and trailers for this movie — and, for my money, each one has gotten better — and this latest continues the trend. We get to see a lot more of what’s happening, but nothing is really spoiled for us. There’s screaming, gore, mystery and shadows galore, but it’s not like the clip gives everything. Or even much, in the final analysis. But one thing is for sure. The visual style confirms that we are definitely in the Alien universe.

I think everything looks great, from the design of Prometheus herself to the spacesuits to the weird little… creatures, to the performances of the actors. (I love Noomi Rapace sobbing, “We were so wrong!”)

Robot in a box

Well, it ain’t Gwyneth Patrow‘s head in a box, but it’ll do…

Just in case you’re not sufficiently weirded out by Prometheus, check out this slick Apple-style commercial for the David 8 model of synthetic person from Weyland Industries. Michael Fassbender‘s Prometheus character is a David…

So there you have it: Fassbender in a Box!