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After Close Encounters of the Third Kind became a hit, Columbia Pictures wanted a sequel. Director Steven Spielberg did not, but the one thing he wanted less than a sequel was for Columbia to make one without him. So he set about developing a much darker, horror-tinged film that would act as a follow-up to Close Encounters. It was originally called Watch the Skies (which was also an early Close Encounters title) and eventually referred to as Night Skies. John Sayles scripted, and Rick Baker was hired to design the alien concepts.

Rick Baker has been posting images of his designs on Twitter, and they’re wonderful to see. Several will look very familiar, too. Because while Night Skies was never made, concepts from the film ended up in several other Spielberg projects. E.T. adopted several big ideas from Night Skies, and films such as Poltergeist and Gremlins took concepts and pointers. (A theater marquee seen in Gremlins also advertised Watch the Skies.) See more below. Read More »

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  • Disney chief Alan Horn promises to reveal Episode VII director “soon”
  • Special effects artist Rick Baker hopes to return for more Star Wars
  • Episode VII fan art speculates on what we’ll see in the new trilogy

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Over the weekend, Mondo opened their fourth gallery show in Austin, Texas and it was without a doubt their biggest yet. The theme was Universal Monsters and it featured not only brand new work by the legendary Drew Struzan, but all new screenprints and art from the likes of Martin Ansin, Kevin Tong, Scott Campbell, Mike Mitchell, JC Richard and others.

We posted a few of the earlier images at this link but, after the jump, check out our favorites from the rest including stunning posters for Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Bride of Frankenstein and many more. Read More »

Sequels in all stages of production – from hypothetical, to development, greenlit, filming and finished – are all featured in today’s  Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • A prequel to the video game Tekken might be on the way from the director of Ong Bak. Or not according to the creator.
  • Not only would Andrew Stanton be open to making Finding Nemo 2, he feels Pixar will continue to make sequels after Monsters University and beyond.
  • Watch an awesome 15 minute interview with Rick Baker, in his studio, talking Men in Black 3 monsters.
  • Men in Black 3 didn’t have a lot of deleted scenes.
  • Check out a teaser poster for Red 2
  • Iron Man 3 starts shooting today and just got their budget increased.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron starts shooting June 2.

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After years away from sci-fi, director Ridley Scott is returning to the genre in a big way this summer with Prometheus, and he aims to stick around for a while. Scott already has hopes of working on Prometheus 2 sooner rather than later, and is currently in the middle of developing some kind of sequel to Blade Runner. Also after the jump:

  • Check out some gorgeous Prometheus concept art
  • Iron Man 3 filming at the Cape Fear Club in North Carolina
  • Will Catching Fire leave North Carolina for Georgia?
  • Still more specifics on Grown Ups 2 filming in Marblehead, MA
  • Watch some behind-the-scenes footage from Piranha 3DD
  • See how award-winning artist Rick Baker makes an MIB3 alien

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With Men in Black 3 screening this week for early press, and the film opening on May 25, there are a few items related to the movie showing up now. So after the break, we’ve got two MIB clips, a bunch of great photos of the alien designs created by Rick Baker, and a pretty amusing reference that shows up in the film. Plus, just because we’re on the sci-fi angle, there’s a bit of incidental detail about the now-shooting Star Trek sequel. Read More »

We’ve got a lot of odds and ends to cover in today’s Sequel Bits, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • MIB3 helmer says shooting with an incomplete script was either “genius” or “really stupid”
  • Vehicles from Mad Max: Fury Road revealed
  • Benedict Cumberbatch says lovely things about his Star Trek 2 colleauges
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 may have a new title
  • Percy Jackson casts stars from Community, Reno 911!, and Dodgeball
  • Chris Tucker is not so excited for Friday 4

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In today’s Sequel Bits, you’ll learn about a fourth film maybe in the making, a sequel that’ll never be and an animated spin-off that might still be in the works. After the jump read about:

  • Special effects legend Rick Baker possibly revealing details of a fourth Men in Black film.
  • Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) wrote a hard R-rated treatment for Ghost Rider 2 which was rejected by Marvel. And you can read it.
  • How one company is still hoping to make their feature-length animated Terminator film, Terminator 3000 despite being told otherwise.

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