We’re in the middle of an Oscar season that’s more unpredictable than ever before, especially following Sunday’s particularly nutty Golden Globes. But in all the unknown, one possible indicator has appeared to (hopefully) make our Academy Awards forecasts a little easier.
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‘The Martian’ won Best Motion Picture Comedy at the 2016 Golden Globes on Sunday.
Ridley Scott is certainly ambitious, if nothing else. In addition to directing not one, not two, but three new Alien prequel films, the director also has his sights set on a big screen adaptation of The Prisoner, the cult favorite TV miniseries that originally aired in 1968 and was eventually remade on AMC in 2009 with Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel. Does Ridley Scott have time for all of these projects? Is there something he’s not telling us? Does he have a clone?
More and more details continue to trickle out regarding Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel / Alien prequel, Alien: Covenant. We know Michael Fassbender is returning, we know Katherine Waterston has a primary role as leader of a new crew of explorers, and we know that the new trilogy of films (yes, trilogy, apparently) will explore not only where Engineers come from, but where Xenomorphs came from (nope, not the Xeno-stork). Today brings another interesting detail, which may explain the lack of Noomi Rapace’s involvement.
In case you couldn’t tell by how much Ridley Scott’s been talking about it in interviews as of late, Alien: Covenant (aka Prometheus 2) is very much happening. The film begins shooting early next year for a 2017 release, with Michael Fassbender returning to reprise the role of handsome synthetic David. Although Scott was previously eyeing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation breakout Rebecca Ferguson for a leading role, the director has instead cast another rising mega-star: Katherine Waterston.
Ridley Scott is really committed to this whole Alien sequel thing. Although he once said that Prometheus was more of a spiritual prequel, the director’s sequel to that film has evolved — much like the Xenomorphs — into an actual prequel to the Alien series. As such, Scott says Alien: Covenant will feature all the different stages of Xenomorphs, from the eggs to the chest-bursters to the full-blown Queen Aliens. So basically, yeah, this is an Alien movie.
A couple of months ago Ridley Scott gave a curious quote to a German website about the future of the Prometheus / Alien franchise. After being translated to German and back to English, the quote was a bit confusing, but basically indicated that Scott had plans for at least two Prometheus sequels. Prone as he sometimes is to excess and abrupt changes of mind, Scott has revealed that the upcoming Alien: Covenant is actually the first in a new trilogy that will eventually tie Prometheus to the original Alien film.
Earlier today, Matt Singer wrote an article all about the “Legacyquel” phenomenon where “beloved aging stars reprise classic roles and pass the torch to younger successors.” Recent examples include Creed, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Days of Future Past. One film that almost got added to that list is the now-defunct Aliens sequel where director Neill Blomkamp’s proposed follow-up would’ve had Sigourney Weaver returning co-star alongside a now-grown Newt, who would be the franchise’s new action hero.
Following reports of his potential involvement over the summer, Kenneth Branagh is official set to helm 20th Century Fox’s remake of director Sidney Lumet’s classic Murder on the Orient Express, itself based on Agatha Christie’s famed mystery novel of the same name. Branagh will pull double duty in the remake, taking on the lead role originated by Albert Finney in the 1974 film.
For a while it didn’t seem like Ridley Scott would ever make his long-promised (threatened?) sequel to Blade Runner, which suited most fans of the classic dystopian sci-fi flick just fine. But when director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins signed on, suddenly Blade Runner 2 was not only actually happening, but it sounded like a great idea. Although he was previously only rumored for a role in the sequel, Ryan Gosling is now confirming his part in the film, while Scott has offered details on what we might expect from the opening scene.