A couple of casting news that should be of interest to sci-fi fans: The first has “300′s” Lena Headey (aka Sarah Connor in “The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, gorgeously pictured to your left) playing the baddie in 2000 AD’s “Dredd”, their reboot of the sci-fi character currently starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd himself and Olivia Thirlby as his sidekick, rookie psychic Judge Cassandra. Headey, who is said to already be shooting the movie, will play Ma-Ma, a drug-dealing kingpin who Dredd and Cassandra spend much of the movie battling in a tenement building. In other sci-fi news, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel (or is that prequels?) is currently hoping to cast its female lead, a character name Elizabeth Shaw, very soon, and it’s apparently down to two names: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron. Word is, Scott really wants Rapace, who exploded onto the International scene after “Tattoo”, while the studio wants Theron as a… Continue Reading »
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The latest update on Ridley Scott and Fox’s “Alien” prequel comes from Vulture, and goes something like this: “Lost” guy Damon Lindelof has turned in his draft of the script, and Fox apparently really likes it. Why? Because it can be shot for relatively cheap (re: no expensive action set pieces to chew up the budget), and it can be shot for a PG-13 rating. The plot of the prequel takes place 35 years before the first “Alien” movie, and the lead in the movie is a “female Colonial Marine general”, whch makes you wonder, so where do the space jockeys fit in there? I thought the prequel would be all about them and not humans? Apparently not so much. Also, Natalie Portman is now rumored to be Fox and Ridley Scott’s top choice for that “general” character. Yes, little Natalie Portman. All five foot of her as a female Colonial Marine general. I guess they haven’t learned anything from… Continue Reading »
Who didn’t jump and clap for joy when they read Ridley Scott promising us a couple of “really tough, really nasty” prequels to his hit film “Alien”? I know I did. Now as it turns out, Scott’s ambitious project may have stalled because of budget and rating. According to Blastr, Scott wants a “Hard R” for the movie, and needs about $250 million to make it all happen. Movie studio Fox, on the other hands, wants a PG-13 rating, and wants to give Scott less than the $250 million he says he needs. The PG-13 rating is pretty much a hedge on studio’s bets — the lower the rating, the more audience you can pack into a screening, and the more audience you can get, the more money you can make. My guess is, if Scott and Fox want to make the prequels happen, they’ll have to end up compromising — either Scott gets his Hard R prequels, but decidedly… Continue Reading »
Updated: MTV says there is no truth to the rumor of Arterton meeting with Scott. Goes to show you, reporting what UK tabloids/newspapers say is the dumbest thing you can do. —Original Post Below— So what’s the word on Ridley Scott’s impending “nasty and tough” new “Alien” prequel movie? Word is, British lass Gemma Arterton is planning on meeting with Scott for possibly the female lead. The Playlist reports: [Arterton] is set to have a very early meeting for one of the most high profile projects around: Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequels. Arterton says “Ridley Scott saw ‘Alice Creed’ and loved it. He wants me to meet for Aliens: The Remake, or something.” While it’s obviously early stages, (and Arterton doesn’t seem particularly keen on the project) it at least gives an idea of the kind of casting Scott’s going for. Gemma Arterton got her big start as one of Daniel Craig’s Bond girls, and has parlayed that minor role into… Continue Reading »
One “Alien” prequel? Nope. Try two. That’s what Ridley Scott told the UK’s Independent. He goes on to explain his vision for the prequels: The film will be really tough, really nasty. It’s the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet? Since the prequels will take place 30 years before the events of the first “Alien” movie, you probably won’t see a whole lot of familiar faces from the franchise. Except, of course, those giant Space Jockeys from the first movie, who will be taking center stage this time around. Just who or what are they? And what exactly do they look like underneath that huge spacesuit of theirs…? “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindoff is currently doing a polish on the first prequel’s script, and shooting on the 3D sci-fi film… Continue Reading »
With two “Alien” prequels on our minds, with Ridley Scott his own self behind the camera, our thoughts turn back to the beginning when “Alien” was trying things never before attempted in a Scifi/Horror. In L.A., movie goers trekking to the big premiere event theatres are often treated to something special, with costumes or sets from the movie showcased in the lobby. Back in 79, at the Egyptian, the P.R. boys went all out with set walkthroughs featuring scenes from the Nostromo as well as the original Space Jockey, the giant alien found by the first crew just before creatures started popping out of chest cavities. We don’t know where this Jockey fellow came from or what his deal was, but Ridley promises us an answer when “Alien” returns under his skillful hand. Via Scifiwire.
Or perhaps I should say the original “Alien”. Because of the over saturation of the famous beast, Ridley says (in a recent interview) that he plans to go back to the drawing board and show the creature/machine as it was before the crew of the Nostromo originally encountered it many years ago and had their upsetting, chest popping, face ripping experiences. In a completely awesome interview with Screen Daily, Ridley goes into some passionate detail on what will become of the greatest horror creature in cinema history. The film will be really tough, really nasty. It’s the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would actually go in and clean up a planet? It will take place in the years before that, when they first come across this thing on a planet called Zeta Reticuli. … Yeah, the… Continue Reading »
As most people probably already knows, Ridley Scott is going back to his “Alien” roots — literally, by doing a prequel to his 1979 sci-fi classic. Talking to MTV, Scott has now revealed more details about the upcoming prequel, which according to him is almost ready to go. “It’s set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver's character Ellen Ripley]. It’s fundamentally about going out to find out ‘Who the hell was that Space Jockey?’ The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer’s chair… I’m basically explaining who that Space Jockey — we call him the Space Jockey — I’m explaining who the space jockeys were.” And as to the notorious Weyland-Yutani corporation: “Weyland hasn’t joined Yutani yet, so they go and see Weyland. [The film] is about the discussion of terraforming… Continue Reading »
Can’t say it comes as a big surprise, but the news has struck via the cool kids at Shadowlocked that Ridley Scott is powering his prequel to his seminal “Alien”, in the big 3D. Now before you roll your eyes and call this whole 3D thing a fad, you better stop and just get used to it scooter, 3D rules and it’s here to stay. “Star Wars” and “Alien” art director Roger Christian, practically glowing with Sci-Fi street cred, spoke to the Shadow guys about the upcoming Alien -1 and immediately spilled the 3D beans. “Ridley’s doing the next Alien in 3D.” There’s been a few “Alien” movies in the past few years that have sunk into the “B Movie” category I’m afraid. Asked if Ridley will set the ship straight again, Christian responded, “I do. Ridley told me some of his ideas when we were here in Toronto. He has a very clear understanding of where this should go…. Continue Reading »
Ridley Scott is looking forward to doing an “Alien” sequel. Or, er, prequel. Speaking to Empire, the director gives out a little bit more detail about the setting for his “Alien” movie, which he has boarded to direct after 20th Century Fox bulked at having someone else take over the reigns. Scott tells Empire: “It’s a brand new box of tricks. We know what the road map is, and the screenplay is now being put on paper. The prequel will be a while ago. It’s very difficult to put a year on Alien, but [for example] if Alien was towards the end of this century, then the prequel story will take place thirty years prior. I never thought I’d look forward to a sequel. But a prequel is kind of interesting. I’m looking forward to doing that.” For those wondering, the prequel most likely won’t have anything to do with those giant aliens seen at the beginning of the first… Continue Reading »
It looks like Twentieth Century Fox has gotten its way. The studio balked when a fifth “Alien” movie was brought to it with a director not named Ridley Scott attached, and said it wouldn’t front the bill for the movie unless Scott changed his mind. Hey, who says the studio doesn’t have the power to make things happen? Variety now reports that Scott has indeed been attached to take over the directorial chores on the prequel, which will now move forward. The trade also reports that sci-fi thriller wunderkind Jon Spaihts has been hired to pen the script, which will take place before the events of the 1979 original “Alien” movie, the last time Scott directed an installment in the franchise, which counts four entries so far. In the original, the crew of a commercial towing ship called Nostromo is returning to Earth when it is awakened and sent to check out a distress signal from a nearby alien planet…. Continue Reading »
If and when they end up finally making another “Alien” movie (and at this point, that’s not entirely a sure thing), you probably shouldn’t expect to see Sigourney Weaver reprise her Ripley character in it. And it won’t be because she doesn’t want to be in it, it’s just that the new “Alien” movie is supposed to be a prequel that takes place before the events of the original “Alien” movie, so that would make Ripley’s appearance sort of illogical. Weaver told SciFiSquad pretty much the same thing: Well, I don’t think that Ripley could appear in an Alien prequel because she doesn’t have any access to the creature until the first Alien. But Ridley (Scott) is producing it and that makes me happy. I wasn’t thrilled with the whole Alien Vs. Predator thing. I never saw them, but one of the reasons I died in (Alien) 3 was to not have anything to do with those (laughs). Just because,… Continue Reading »
Looks like that confirmed “Alien” prequel has hit a road bump. According to the guys over at The Playlist, Fox studios is unwilling to greenlight another “Alien” movie without Ridley Scott doing more than just producing, i.e. they want Scott to actually direct it, and is apparently unwilling to hand over the property to an unknown commercial director in Carl Erik Rinsch, who may or may not have gotten the job based on the fact that he’s dating Ridley Scott’s daughter Jordan. Or at least that’s part of the sordid details. Here’s more: Fox obviously owns the property and perhaps they’re even showing owner’s remorse from having approved the legacy tarnishing ‘AVP’ series and want Scott to do it up right and not just assign the gig to one of his trusted lieutenants? Sources at Fox tell EW the studio is not “interested in green lighting the project unless Scott directs himself.” I would link to the EW article, but… Continue Reading »
Collider has confirmed Bloody Disgustings earlier report that Carl Rinsch will be directing a Ridley and Tony Scott produced prequel to the Alien series of films. Collider has Tony Scott himself saying it’s on the way. The first Alien came out in 79 and was the first adult movie I ever saw ( I snuck in). For those of you living under the rock that lives under the rock, the first Alien starred Sigourney Weaver and kicked all kinds of ass. If you haven’t seen it for some strange reason, just go now and see it. I’ll wait. I wasn’t kidding was I? Amazing stuff. You hardly see the adult Alien, I mean I think you see the cat more than that slimy, sneaky beast. The director of the upcoming prequel is turbo talented and Ridley and Tony are just not going to see any more damage done to Ridley’s original. Put this one in the bank. We’ll be all… Continue Reading »
Both the Predator and Alien franchises have gotten some rough treatment lately. Everything since Alien 4 has been of dubious quality. This angers me. You can say with confidence that both these beasties lurk at the pinnacle of our Sci-Fi monster movie pantheon. We’ve reported on a rumour previously that Ridley Scott was mulling over another “Alien” movie but this time the Force is stronger young Jedis. Bloody Disgusting has a source that says Ridley and Tony Scott want to go back to the roots of what made Alien great and do an origin story. One Alien on a starship, newly hatched, just looking for something to love. It’s a feel good kind of story. Carl Rinsch, who does some work for Tony will be behind the camera and 20th Century Fox will do the money thing. Now this is just a rumour of course, so don’t get all hot and bothered just yet. It has a good feeling though.