Raised by Wolves is a hardcore slice of science-fiction. From showrunner Aaron Guzikowski and director Ridley Scott, the series effortlessly blends thought-provoking drama and the fun of watching androids obliterating humans with the awesome power of their voice. It’s a show that doesn’t feel alien to Scott’s own sci-fi universes. Consider Raised by Wolves to be Blade Runner or Alien‘s cool cousin.
The epic series began as a spec script from Guzikowski, who generally writes movies, not shows, with the exception of The Red Road. The screenwriter’s breakout script was Prisoners, which caught the eye of Mark Wahlberg and led to Guzikowski’s earliest writing gigs, including Contraband. Guzikowski’s most ambitious project, without question, is Raised by Wolves. It’s epic in scope, although not without intimacy.
When writing the series, Guzikowski was listening to “a ton of John Carpenter,” the Nosferatu score, and “a lot of ’70s Tangerine Dream,” and it shows in the series. Recently, the showrunner told us about the experience of crafting his immersive sci-fi series with Sir Ridley Scott.
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It’s sort of hard to believe, but legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator, Alien) has never directed an American television show – until now.
Scott is behind the camera for the first two episodes of Raised by Wolves, a new HBO Max series which explores some concepts that Scott has been fascinated by throughout his entire career. Check out the newest trailer below, which gives us even more context for the central conflict that takes place in the show’s far-flung future.
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Ridley Scott is the latest feature film director to make the leap to TV. The All the Money in the World director is set to make his TV directorial debut with the sci-fi drama Raised by Wolves, which has just received a series order from TNT. The series will be written by Aaron Guzikowski, the screenwriter behind Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed Prisoners, who will also serve as showrunner.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
The folks behind the Papillon remake faced the massive challenging of finding an actor worthy of succeeding Steve McQueen in the lead role, and eventually they decided Charlie Hunnam was the guy to do it. Now they’ve moved on to filling the Dustin Hoffman role, and this time they’ve got their eyes on a small-screen standout. Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek is reportedly looking to join the film being directed by Michael Noer (Northwest) from a script by Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners). Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Once upon a time, Paramount had ambitions of opening a new Friday the 13th reboot in spring 2015. When that didn’t work out, they decided to release the film in fall 2015 instead. Fall 2015 became summer 2016, and then early 2017. A less persistent person (or studio, rather) might have given up by now, but not Paramount. They’re going to reboot Friday the 13th, damnit, no matter what it takes.
As of now, that means starting at square one again. Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski has been tapped to write a new script, while previously attached director David Bruckner (V/H/S) has dropped out. More about the new Friday the 13th reboot writer after the jump. Read More »
It’s like something out of a mad scientist movie: Universal is building its own brain trust like a Frankenstein’s monster version of the Pixar brain trust. We know that two key players in this team are Chris Morgan (Fast/Furious) and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), with Kurtzman writing and directing a new Mummy picture. Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) was recently confirmed to be on board to write a new Wolfman movie. Now Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series creator/writer) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Now You See Me) are confirmed as part of the group as well. We’ve got more details on the evolving Universal Monsters franchise plan below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Universal has been working hard to get a Marvel-style Monsters franchise off the ground. Their efforts kicked off this year with Dracula Untold, which included a hastily tacked-on epilogue to fit in with the rest of the universe, and will continue in 2016 with the Mummy reboot.
Now it looks like the Wolf Man could be the next to get a 21st century makeover. The studio is reportedly courting Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski to pen the script. More details on the Wolf Man reboot after the jump.
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The Sundance Channel is getting into the prestige TV game, and is following up Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake with six-episode series The Red Road, which has James Gray directing the first episode. (Not to be confused with Andrea Arnold’s 2006 film Red Road; this isn’t a remake of that movie.)
The show stars Martin Henderson, Jason Momoa, Julianne Nicholson and Tom Sizemore, and follows “a sheriff struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring Ramapo Mountains, home of the Ramapo Mountain Indians.” In other words, yep, this covers some of the same geography as the film Out of the Furnace, and features the same population that wasn’t all that psyched about Scott Cooper’s film.
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Summer only officially started a few days ago, but for those who don’t want a long procession of super-powered tentpoles, summer movie fatigue is here in full force. If you’re in that crowd the fall festival season may seem like a great promise on the horizon, and one of the first films in that season is Denis Villeneuve‘s Prisoners. The story follows a family (Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello) whose daughter is kidnapped; Terrance Howard and Viola Davis play another couple whose child is also missing. Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal factor in to the plot, too.
We just saw one fairly heavy trailer for the film a few weeks ago, but now there is already a second. Like the first look at the movie, this positions Prisoners as a tense and very promising fall entry. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been a while since we’ve received any significant updates on Timur Bekmambetov‘s action-oriented Moby Dick adaptation, but the project’s apparently still simmering over at Universal and has just brought in a new writer to help with one specific stumbling block: the budget.
Over the past year, we’ve seen several big action adaptations get scrapped or put on hold for financial reasons, including Disney’s Lone Ranger, Warner Bros.’ Akira and Arthur & Lancelot, and Legendary’s Paradise Lost, and it seems Universal is also treading carefully. Aaron Guzikowski, who previously wrote Universal’s Contraband, is in negotiations to rewrite the Moby Dick script with the specific aim of trimming costs. More details after the jump.
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