directors roundtable

Around the end of every year, The Hollywood Reporter releases one-hour roundtable video interviews with writers, actors, directors, and more. Often the filmmakers will discuss their work with a surprising amount of honesty. This year is no different, and once again, they’ve found a few filmmakers you’d want to spend an hour with, including directors Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Ridley Scott (The Martian), and Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs).

After the jump, watch the one-hour long chat.

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alien covenant

If you want to get nerds shouting at each other, bring up Prometheus. A misunderstood masterpiece? A flawed, fascinating misfire? A low point for the Alien series? You’ll find all of these opinions and more floating around the internet, which means that the upcoming Alien: Covenant is facing down a variety of expectations. For some fans, it has to redeem the previous movie. For others, it needs to deepen the mythology that was introduced in Prometheus. Director Ridley Scott, riding high off the success of The Martian, certainly has his work cut out for him.

But today’s headline does not come to us courtesy of Mr. Scott. It comes to us courtesy of costume designer Janty Yates, who revealed that Alien: Covenant will be set ten years after the crew of the Prometheus was wiped out and Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) set out in search of the Engineers’ home planet.

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Katherine Waterston Starring in ‘Alien: Covenant’

Katherine Waterston in Alien

This is not a bad year to be Katherine Waterston. The actress broke out last year with Inherent Vice, and since then, she’s delivered an emotional performance in Steve Jobs and shot the highly anticipated  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The actresses’ next job? A starring role in Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant.

Learn more about Scott’s film after the jump.

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Alien Covenant Creatures

Not too long ago we learned that the official title for Prometheus 2 would be Alien: Covenant, with the story making a direct connection to director Ridley Scott‘s 1979 classic sci-fi horror Alien. The sequel will follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovering what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

And now we have some details on what kind of aliens we can expect to eat up the new crew on this presumably doomed expedition, and fans of the original franchise are going to be very happy. Read More »

Alien Prequel Trilogy

Within the past couple weeks, Prometheus 2 officially got a new title and a synopsis detailing the sequel to the prequel to the Alien franchise from director Ridley Scott. The movie is called Alien: Covenant, and the fast track for this project ended up pushing back Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 to an undetermined time, and if Scott’s new plan for the Alien franchise continues, it might be a long time before we see that movie.

At a press conference in Sydney, Australia where Scott is in pre-production on Alien: Covenant, he revealed that this will actually be the first in a new trilogy that will lead us all the way back to the original Alien from 1979. More below! Read More »

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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the opening of blade runner 2

Blade Runner 2 is aiming to shoot this summer. Years ago the sequel didn’t sound like such a great idea, especially after some Alien fans felt burnt by Ridley Scott‘s return to the Alien universe, Prometheus. Once Scott stepped out of the director’s chair for Blade Runner 2, replaced by director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), the sequel gained more interest from fans. Not all fans, of course, but nobody should write off seeing the third collaboration between Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins, especially after Sicario.

Still, Scott remains heavily involved in the project, and once again, he’s teasing the sequel’s opening sequence.

Read more about it after the jump.

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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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New Prometheus 2 Title

Just under a couple months ago, director Ridley Scott revealed that the title of Prometheus 2 would more directly tie into the Alien franchise with the official title of Alien: Paradise Lost. The project is currently in active development, so much that it pushed back Neill Blomkamp’s developing Alien 5 until further notice, leaving him to take on another sci-fi project in the meantime. However, according to Scott, there’s a new Prometheus 2 title in place. Read More »