After struggling to secure a director for a while now, upcoming action thriller Narco Sub has hired Brian Kirk, known best for helming episodes of Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. Liam Neeson is set to star in the new film, which will once again find him playing a government official taking on some very bad dudes.
Another day, another batch of information from director Neill Blomkamp about his upcoming Alien project. Previously, we learned that the new film would take place between Ridley Scott’s Alien and its sequel, Aliens, and although it’s avoiding Alien 3 and Resurrection, it’s not going to mess with the canon established in those films…somehow. Blomkamp’s new project also won’t interfere with Prometheus 2, though the director reveals that he did have to make some changes to keep the films from overlapping.
Alien is now widely considered to be one of the best sci-fi/horror films ever made, but originally Fox didn't want to make it. In fact, it was only the success of another one of the biggest sci-fi films of all-time — Star Wars — that convinced the studio to give director Ridley Scott the greenlight. So, without Chewbacca, there would be no xenomorphs. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which focuses on Alien!
Even though Ridley Scott’s been talking up this Blade Runner sequel for some time now, it was still uncertain whether or not Harrison Ford would return to reprise the iconic role of Rick Deckard in the new film. Now it looks like Han Solo isn’t the only iconic role Ford is reprising. In addition to the return of Ford, Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve has been tapped to helm the sequel, based on a script co-written by original Blade Runner scribe Hampton Fancher.
“Hey, young movie. Why can’t you be more like that older movie, ‘The Goonies’? Everyone loves ‘The Goonies.’”—says some studio executive in the tone of a parent who isn’t mad, just disappointed. And so now that ‘Monopoly’ movie that was once set to be directed by Ridley Scott will be more like ‘The Goonies.’ But we all know that ‘Monopoly’ can try as hard as it wants, but it will never get the same kind of affection and attention as ‘The Goonies.’
Happy new year! And, really, what better way is there to ring in 2015 (besides a thousand bad ‘Back to the Future Part II’ jokes) than some sweet concept art from a movie that never was and likely never will be? Yesterday, ‘District 9’ and ‘Elysium’ director Neill Blomkamp tweeted out a whole bunch of images from an ‘Alien’ movie he was working on, apparently by himself and without the authorization of 20th Century Fox. (“This has nothing to do with the studio,” Blomkamp tweeted, adding “They didn’t really even know I was working on it ha.”)
There was already some controversy leading up to the release of Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings,’ as the director dismissed the white-washing of the cast of the film, which is set in ancient Egypt. Scott brought even more criticism down on both himself and the film when he explained that he wouldn’t have been able to get funding by casting “Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such” in the lead role. Although the film has already been released in the U.S., it’s still causing controversy, as both Egypt and Morocco have officially banned the release of Scott’s latest film.
Director Ridley Scott has certainly come under quite a bit of fire lately for the white-washed cast of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ and his explicit dismissal of his critics. But Scott isn’t letting the negativity get to him, as he’s still moving ahead and giving updates on two high-profile sequels: ‘Prometheus 2’ and ‘Blade Runner 2.’ In a new interview, Scott opened up about the plot of the former and the reassuring simplicity of the latter.
The controversy over the mostly white casting of Ridley Scott’s new Biblical epic ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ continues to draw controversy, mostly because Scott himself continues to say controversial things. Last month, when asked by Variety why he chose to fill the parts of Middle-Eastern characters with the likes of white men like Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, Scott explained that he couldn’t “mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such.”
You could comfortably bake several loaves of bread—plus a cake or two—in the time it takes to get through ‘Exodus.’ This film does run an hour shorter than Cecil B. DeMille’s famous version of ‘The Ten Commandments’ from 1956, but at times it feels just as long; maybe longer.