Briefly: Jon Spaihts immediately became a writer to watch when he was tapped to write an Alien prequel for Ridley Scott, after his scripts Shadow 19 and Passengers drew interest from studios and actors. Now his Alien prequel has become Prometheus in the hands of Damon Lindelof and Mr. Scott, so it seems it’s time for Mr. Spaihts to move on.
So Jon Spaihts is continuing his relationship with Jerry Bruckheimer, for whom the writer is already tapped to pen an adaptation of the graphic novel World War Robot. Now he’s sold another pitch to Bruckheimer, and while we don’t know the details of the story, it is being called a ‘space adventure.’ [Variety]
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Besides the reveal of Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man costume, and today’s Dark Knight Rises news, easily the biggest piece of movie news to be revealed in the past several weeks is that Ridley Scott‘s rumored Alien prequel had evolved into a whole new original story called Prometheus. The brand new sci-fi story is said to have “Alien‘s DNA” but will actually be “a new, grand mythology and universe,” according to Scott himself. The script was written by Damon Lindelof, based on an original draft by Jon Spaihts, and it’ll star Noomi Rapace.
So now that the green light has turned on, that’s the Internet’s cue to start speculating. One website seems to think clues to the film can be found in another of Spaihts’s scripts which also features a “Prometheus.” What does it refer to? Read more after the jump. Read More »
Consider yourself warned. An Australian outlet evidently got a copy of the latest script for the Alien prequel due to be directed by Ridley Scott, and subsequently put together quite the rundown of what goes on after the title page. We’ve got quite a few of the details to relay to you, but it’s all spoilerish as hell, so if you don’t want to know too much, this is your cue to stop reading. Read More »
“What happened to Olivia Thirlby?” I asked this very question to a friend a couple weeks back, while riding the tube in London. The actress broke onto the scene with a small role in the Paul Greengrass-directed Oscar-nominated United 93, and proceeded to go on a tear, starring in some of my favorite indie films of 2007/2008: David Gordon Green’s underrated adaptation of Snow Angels, Jason Reitman’s Oscar-nominated film Juno, and Jonathan Levine’s The Wackness. She has since made appearances in a few New York City-short films, including Brett Ratner’s segment of New York, I Love You, Daryl Wein’s SXSW mumblecore romantic comedy Breaking Upwards, and John Hindman’s The Answer Man.
Many people I’ve talked to believed this now-23-year-old actress had the potential to be Hollywood’s next big thing (and I too was on the bandwagon). And not for a lack of trying, Thirlby was called in to audition for a role in George Miller’s scrapped Justice League movie and the role of Trixie in The Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer. But she seems to have disappeared from the indie spotlight as of late.
Good news: Thirlby has landed a role in a big budget film produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted/Nightwatch). The science fiction action story follows a group of American tourists visiting Moscow Russia when an alien invasion occurs.
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When Jon Spaihts was hired to write Ridley Scott’s new Alien film, part of the backstory was that he’d landed the gig on the strength of his script Passengers, which landed on the 2007 Black List of best unproduced screenplays. Keanu Reeves has long been attached to the film, with his shingle Company Films trying to get it made for the past couple years. Now the picture is finally moving forward, and a director is on the verge of being hired: Gabriele Muccino, who directed Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds. Read More »