aliens sequel

Neill Blomkamp‘s proposed Aliens sequel is probably not going to get made. The District 9 director ignited a whole tank full of flammable internet passion when he revealed that he was developing a direct sequel to James Cameron’s 1986 classic, which would’ve ignored the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection and followed Ellen Ripley and a no-longer-dead Corporal Dwayne Hicks on a new horror-tinged sci-fi adventure. Fans were split: some loved the idea of revisiting these characters while others thought it was an insult to the franchise and to the flawed-but-fascinating sequels.

In any case, Ridley Scott, the godfather of this whole series and the director of the original 1979 Alien, put an end to Blomkamp’s movie by moving ahead with Alien: Covenant, the sequel to his Alien prequel, Prometheus (this probably sounds very confusing to non-initiated). However, this hasn’t stopped actor Michael Biehn, who played Hicks in Aliens, from chatting about Blomkamp’s vision, which would have reunited Ripley with Newt, her surrogate daughter.

For word on what could have been with Blomkamp’s Aliens sequel, hit the jump.

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We’ve got a couple of casting updates, a seemingly cancelled project, and much more. After the jump:

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back adds Robert Catrini.
  • Social Network‘s Abhi Sinha joins Conjuring 2.
  • Warner Bros. pulls Project XX from its schedule.
  • Peyton Reed imagines a Bring It On sequel.
  • Simon Pegg talks about writing Star Trek Beyond.
  • Bruce Willis responds to that Die Hard 6 fan pitch.
  • No, Daniel Radcliffe won’t be back for Cursed Child.
  • The original Aliens comic is getting a fancy deluxe edition.

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alien covenant plot

It’s been an interesting couple of months for the upcoming Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel. As The Martian continues to hang around at the box office and build some unexpected awards season momentum, director Ridley Scott has had plenty of opportunities to tease the upcoming film and he’s said a lot of things. Like how it was titled Alien: Paradise Lost and how Spectre writer John Logan is currently rewriting the script. And then over the weekend, word surfaced that the film was being retitled and now, it’s completely 100% official.

The next movie in the Alien series is titled Alien: Covenant and 20th Century Fox has released a title treatment and an official plot synopsis and everything. Interestingly, the shreds of plot align with much of what we’ve heard in the past year, but with a few key differences.

In space, no one can hear you read the new Alien Covenant plot synopsis after the jump.

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alien paradise lost writer

Prometheus was a thousand and one razor-sharp ideas crammed into a bag made of paper – the whole thing bursts and cuts you deep the moment you start poking it too hard. Ridley Scott‘s Alien prequel has ambition in spades and it’s jaw-dropping on a technical level, but its story is a total mess. If this series is going to survive another installment, Alien: Paradise Lost will need a solid foundation.

And it looks like Scott has turned for help to someone he has worked with before. Three-time Academy Award nominee Spectre writer John Logan has reportedly been brought on board to rewrite the screenplay. Hit the jump for everything we know about the new Alien Paradise Lost writer.

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Cool Stuff: Joey Spiotto’s Alien Next Door Book

Alien Next Door book

We’ve featured artist Joey Spiotto‘s work many times on the site over the past few years. You might recognize his little Golden Book parody covers or his fictional band Vinyl record cover art. Now Joey is coming out with a new book titled Alien Next Door from Titan Books and officially licensed by 20th Century Fox. The book imagines a new caring side to the legendary science fiction alien monster from the Alien movie franchise.

Alien Next Door is a cute, fun coffee table book which will surely make for a great gift or stocking stuffer for your favorite sci-fi geek this holiday season. Hit the jump to get a preview of some of the art in the Alien Next Door book and learn more about how it came about. The book is available now for around $11 online.

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Neill Blomkamp Alien room

After all that fuss, it looks like the only Alien sequel we’ll be getting in the foreseeable future is Ridley Scott‘s. Director Neill Blomkamp has confirmed that his Alien movie has been put on hold indefinitely, and that he’ll be moving on to other projects. See the Neill Blomkamp Alien announcement after the jump.  Read More »

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Rebecca Ferguson in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

Rebecca Ferguson came seemingly out of nowhere to steal the show in this summer’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and now it seems she’s at the top of everyone’s casting wishlist. Up to and including Ridley Scott‘s for Alien: Paradise Lost, according to a new report. Meanwhile, she’s also entered talks for The Snowman with Michael Fassbender.

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Jacob Hall’s Favorite Movies of All Time

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Hi, /Film. My name is Jacob Hall and my favorite movies are part of me on a molecular level. Cut me open and the films that have defined my life come spilling out in a great, red heap. So when I was asked to introduce myself to you guys, the community, via a list of my favorite movies of all time, I prepared myself for some gritty, Robert-De-Niro-in-Ronin-style surgery. This list is me being cut open for your amusement.

Read on all about my favorite movies after the jump.

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alien: paradise lost

No one in the universe wants a sequel to Prometheus more than director Ridley Scott, who has been talking about a follow-up to his Alien prequel ever since it left audiences baffled and divided three years ago. Now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, the film that once was Prometheus 2 has charted a course for an early 2016 start date and Scott has been slowly spilling plot details to anyone who will listen. The latest news: the survivors of the first film will be joined by a new crew of characters. After all, what good is an Alien movie without a body count?

Everything we know about this so far can be found after the jump.

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