Academy Award Nominee To Direct Blade Runner Sequel

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Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct the Blade Runner sequel for Alcon Entertainment. Read all the Blade Runner sequel director, cast and crew details after the jump.

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Neill Blomkamp debuted his ideas for a new Alien film via concept art that very clearly showed Hicks, the hero from Aliens who is killed in the opening shots of Alien 3. And his first comments on video about the project, released yesterday, seemed very clear. “There’s Alien, and Aliens, then this film,” he said. That, along with comments from Sigourney Weaver about giving Ripley’s story a proper ending, all made a clear point: this upcoming film will basically ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.

But now Blomkamp says his intent is not to undo the third and fourth movies — it’s just that he wants his film to connect to Alien and Aliens. Read More »

Neill Blomkamp Says He “F*cked Up” ‘Elysium’

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For his second film, Neill Blomkamp chose to follow District 9 with a vision of class warfare as seen through a sci-fi lens. Elysium, starring Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, and Jodie Foster, has some great concepts and in many cases is executed well. But the movie faltered significantly, with Copley’s over the top villain contrasting with the grimy and ugly underclass seen in detail in the first act, and then, well, whatever Jodie Foster was doing, which just didn’t click. Now Blomkamp is being more candid than we ever see from most directors, saying “I feel like I f*cked it up” when talking about the movie. Read More »

James Cameron Visits Avatar Land Bioluminescent Forrest

Its been a while since we’ve heard anything about Avatar Land, Disney World’s upcoming theme park land based on James Cameron‘s epic Avatar franchise. Last we heard, construction had begun on Pandora in January 2014 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida. Today we get an update which gives us a preview of some of the creative process including some of the really cool looking interactive features of the bioluminescent forrest currently in the works. Watch a video of James Cameron discovering the progress being made as he visits the Avatar Land Bioluminescent Forrest behind closed doors.

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Hugh Fleming Star Wars

This edition of Star Wars Bits jumps all over the timeline. Below, read about the following:

  • Own the first ever autographed cast photo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Oscar Isaac says he’s “in the dark” about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Dave Filoni offers a fascinating look at the development of Star Wars Rebels
  • See some images from a new Star Wars poster book.
  • Read an excerpt from Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi.
  • What locations does the Millennium Falcon show up at in The Force Awakens?
  • A fascinating, new rumor has surfaced about Luke Skywalker‘s role in The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars Rebels finale 6

Darth Vader’s appearance may be the headline when it comes to Monday’s Star Wars Rebels season one finale, but there’s lots more going on. A daring rescue, menacing Star Destroyers, three way lightsaber battles, and pimped-out Tie Fighters — things are about to get big. A trailer for the episode, which is called Fire Across the Galaxy, has just come online and it’s really fantastic. Good enough that we decided to highlight it on its own instead of in Star Wars Bits.

Below, watch the awesome season one Star Wars Rebels finale trailer. Read More »

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Blomkamp's Alien

Fox is making Neill Blomkamp‘s new Alien movie, and Sigourney Weaver is definitely on board to reprise her Ellen Ripley role. And while we still don’t know the story, despite the teasing glimpses provided in concept art such as the pieces above, we do know something new: Blomkamp’s Alien will basically disregard Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection as the director says he’s designing the film to sit in sequence after Aliens.

Check out a video interview with Blomkamp and Weaver discussing the next Alien film, below.  Read More »

ernest cline armada synopsis

Considering this site is called “Slashfilm,” we don’t cover a lot of books. But most books aren’t written by Ernie Cline. Cline first hit our radar as the writer of Fanboys, the Star Wars fan story directed by Kyle Newman. He then truly hit a home run with Ready Player One, a massive sci-fi adventure influenced by movies, music, video games and more. It’s currently being developed into a movie by Warner Bros. That’s why Cline’s work fits so well on this site. Those who live and breathe pop culture will truly appreciate it.

His second novel, Armada, sounds like it further explores some of the concepts he’s played with before. The movie rights were picked up last year and, finally, Random House has announced an official release date for the book: July 14. Along with that, we now have the cover and a full synopsis. However, in that synopsis is something very odd. It seems Cline is drawing heavily from The Last Starfighter. Could that actually be? Read the Armada synopsis below. Read More »

Gary Whitta interview

To promote the pre-order of his first novel, Abomination, screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, After Earth) sat down with us for an extensive interview spanning his career thus far. Over the course of this week we will be posting the parts of this interview broken up into digestible thematic bites — we’re calling it “/Film’s Week Of Whitta”.

If you missed it, Gary Whitta talked about Star Wars on Monday. On Tuesday he talked about his journey from video game journalist to screenwriter and the post-apocalyptic Oliver Twist script that got him into the business. Today we return with the third installment, which focuses on Whitta talking about his biggest produced film projects, Book of Eli and After Earth, as well as his upcoming novel Abomination. Read the next installment of the Gary Whitta interview after the jump.

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