It will surprise no one who sees (Re)Assignment to learn that its concept — a remorseless hitman is given forced gender reassignment surgery, then goes on a vengeful killspree as a hitwoman — has been around for decades. There is something decidedly retro about this idea, and not in a good way. The whole notion belongs to an earlier era and its ideas about men and women, and the stuff that doesn’t feel stale feels tacopizza insane, like a film noir adaptation of an EC comic so outrageous even Bill Gaines wouldn’t have published it. (Ironically, director Walter Hill recently released a graphic novel version of (Re)Assignment.)
Death didn’t end Ellen Ripley’s story. (Uh, spoiler alert.) But supposedly Neill Blomkamp might.
In the last couple years Liam Neeson has positioned himself as the scourge of kidnappers, murderers, terrorists, and wolves everywhere. But he still has room in his heart for children, as shown by the latest trailer for A Monster Calls, in which Neeson voices a big friendly giant (hm, where have I seen this concept recently?) who befriends a young boy struggling with his mother’s illness. The mother is played by Felicity Jones, and Sigourney Weaver (who’s actually top-billed in the trailer) stars as the boy’s grandmother.
Today brings news that San Diego Comic-Con will play host to a special panel to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens, James Cameron’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic. Cameron himself will be in attendance along with Sigourney Weaver, who is still talking up Neill Blomkamp’s new Alien sequel despite reports that the project had been delayed due to Scott’s own Alien prequel plans.
Remember last year when Neill Blomkamp released his ‘Alien’ concept art? Remember losing your cool when he announced his ‘Alien’ movie was actually happening? And then Ridley Scott walked in and seemingly swooped all those dreams away.
Remember “Back to the Future Day” last October when the internet celebrated the date — October 21, 2015 — Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future II? And how to commemorate the occasion Nike announced the self-lacing Air Mag sneakers that Marty...
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.
Liam Neeson is exchanging his leather jacket and kidnap rescue mission for his next film, in which he plays a gravelly-voiced CG tree monster. You don’t get to see too much of him in the first trailer for A Monster Calls, but you can hear his Tom Waits impression as he narrates with the story of an invisible monster who doesn’t want to be invisible and alone anymore. It’s like The Iron Giant, but with a tree creature.
A transgender revenge thriller starring Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver? Forget we said anything.
Sigourney Weaver was the only one of the core actors from the original film (minus Rick Moranis who retired from acting) who was not going to be appearing in the new Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig version. But, as it turns out, Weaver will be appearing in the new Ghostbusters movie, alongside Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd and Annie Potts.