Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you haven’t revisited John McTiernan’s Predator recently, do yourself a favor and give it a watch. There’s a reason this franchise has survived beyond two weak sequels and two dire spin-offs that saw the title alien hunter facing off against the Xenomorphs from the Alien series. And that reason is simple: the original Predator is, for lack of a more elegant phrase, really goddamn great. It’s one of the best genre movies ever made, melding ’80s military bravura, slasher horror tropes, and testosterone-soaked science fiction into one unforgettable and bloody mixture. Plus, the title alien is just about the coolest-looking monster Stan Winston ever had a hand in creating and that’s really saying something.
My love of the Predator concept vastly outweighs my disappointment with Predators and my genuine disdain for the Alien vs. Predator movies, so the impending sequel/reboot (rebootquel?) has my piqued my curiosity. Although news regarding this movie has been awfully quiet, a new poster has appeared out of nowhere, reminding the world that this project is in the works and seemingly revealing the film’s actual title.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Welcome back to Sequel Bits, the handy-dandy collection of everything you need to know about the follow-ups to movies you (maybe, possibly) already love! In today’s edition:
- Michael B. Jordan is totally down for a Creed sequel.
- Shane Black and Fred Dekker finish their new Predator script.
- Milla Jovovich teases Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
- Robert Carlyle praises the Trainspotting 2 screenplay.
- The Zoolander 2 trailer breaks records.
- The Bond producers won’t give up on Daniel Craig for Bond 25.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
As Disney and Universal continue to butt heads in the ongoing war between their theme park empires, 20th Century Fox is looking to enter the arena in a big way. Armed with the rights to some of the biggest and most beloved movie franchises of all time, they have the right ingredients for something special.
But most of you reading this are in for a bit of a trip if you want to visit the newly announced 20th Century Fox World. The new park and resort is heading to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where it will capitalize on the nation’s increasingly huge tourism industry. Hit the jump for more details.
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Shane Black, who appeared in the original Predator as Hawkins, is writing a new Predator sequel with his writing partner Fred Dekker, and Black is attached to direct as well. It’s been a year since we learned of the deal, and in the meantime Black has directed his next film, The Nice Guys. But his Predator movie is still moving along, and the film’s producer has offered an update that keeps us curious about what the screenwriters are cooking up. Read More »
You might remember that last year, action icon Arnold Schwarznegger offered fans the chance to ride around crushing things with his own personal tank in an effort to raise money for charity. And now he’s back being philanthropic all over again, this time offering fans a chance to come to Los Angeles and blow sh*t up with The Terminator himself.
And in honor of this fantastic chance for fans, Schwarzenegger has released a supercut featuring every single explosion from all of the films that he’s starred in over the years. From Hercules in New York to Sabotage and everything in between, even Twins and Jingle All the Way. Watch the Arnold Schwarzenegger explosions supercut! Read More »
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Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
We’ve got a lot of ground to cover today, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:
- Arnie is optimistic about Shane Black‘s Predator sequel.
- Terminator 5 scribes talk James Cameron, time travel, and deleted scenes.
- Samuel L. Jackson is totally up for another Unbreakable movie.
- Quentin Tarantino wants to make a third Kill Bill someday.
- The M:I5 plane stunt was inspired in part by Uncharted.
- Pacific Rim 2 could help get Hellboy 3 made… if it’s a hit.
- Sinister 2 distributes a series of creepy “collector’s cards.”
- Patrick Wilson shares a photo from the Conjuring 2 set.
- Milla Jovovich gets to work on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
- Donate to charity for a chance to win a role in Star Trek Beyond.
- LeBron James (jokingly) pitches an idea for Trainwreck 2.
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I’m always fascinated with the stories of movies that never were (like Darren Aronofsky’s vision of Batman). So much work in Hollywood never makes it to the big screen. From pitches to development, to years of scripts, casting, and even screen tests, films have a long road before cameras begin to roll. And we only occasionally see remnants of these unmade productions.
Most common are abandoned scripts which have leaked online over the years (like Frank Darabont‘s draft of Indiana Jones 4). Sometimes we get costume tests and concept art, like has happened with Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives. But other times we get a glimpse into the pitching process, be it a video like Kevin Tancharoen’s ‘The Hunger Games’ Pitch Trailer or concept art for an idea that never made it into development. And sometimes a filmmaker posts abandoned concept art and it sparks the fire and a movie is reborn (as is with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film).
Splice/Cube/Hannibal director Vincenzo Natali has been posting some of the early concept art and pitch work that was created for some of his unmade movies, including Neuromancer, Stephen King’s It, Swamp Thing and Predator. Take a look at the Vincenzo Natali Neuromancer It and Predator concept artwork after the jump.
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One of the most iconic movie monsters of all time is none other than the Predator. The alien hunter has been a force to be reckoned with for Arnold Schwarzenegger and plenty of other soldiers and killers on the big screen. Sadly, not all the films featuring the titular creature have been home runs. (We’re looking at you, Alien vs. Predator franchise.) But it’s hard to argue against the fact that they have delivered some pretty slick action.
While we’re waiting for a Predator reboot/sequel from Iron Man 3 director Shane Black to maybe reinvigorate the franchise, we have something that should tide fans over for a little while. A Predator fan started a Kickstarter campaign awhile back to fund a short film called Predator: Dark Ages, pitting the thermal-sighted warrior against the Knights Templar. Now the short is finished. And, yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds. Watch the Predator: Dark Ages short film after the jump. Read More »
Last month after we learned that Sony was discussing a possible crossover movie between 21 Jump Street and Men in Black, I wrote a list of 5 Movie Crossovers That Could Be Ridiculous Fun.
One of my ridiculous ideas was for 20th Century Fox to make Die Hard 24/7: Alien Invasion — John McClane, now head of security at a huge Casino resort either in China (because, well, co-production money) or Dubai, who is working to stop one of the biggest heists in the history of ever (another current trend). As it turns out, the mastermind trying to rob the casino is 24’s Jack Bauer (his daughter Kim is being held hostage, cougar or something, and he is being forced into it). The story starts as McClane vs. Bauer but all hell breaks loose when an alien ship crashes within the state of the art complex, which of course goes into lockdown and a swarm of xenomorphs are let on the lose. The two men must now work together against the bigger threat.
Ridiculous? Yes. One of my favorite comments from the post was “Die Hard/24/Alien Crossover is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. I’d see it at least six times at the theatre.” The idea isn’t completely original, Fox was at one time developing a Die Hard 24/7 film which would have seen John McClane and Jack Bauer team up against a global threat but for whatever reason, the project fell into development hell and we got that horrible 24: Live Another Day event series instead. Anyway, this is just a long intro to present a fan made trailer that was sent to me that almost visualizes my ridiculous crossover movie pitch. Hit the jump and watch the fan made DIE HARD: Alien VS Predator Teaser Trailer.
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