It looks like the new Alien movie has the FX industry excited as well – They’re doing make-up tests already!

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As exciting as the news of a new Alien movie is to us fans, there’s no doubt a rush of practical and digital FX companies heading to Neill Blomkamp’s door right now.

One company who should have no problems getting some work is Amalgamated Dynamics Inc (ADI), headed by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. The pair have a long history with the franchise, starting with Aliens, where they worked under Stan Winston. Under their own ADI banner they then worked on Alien 3 and Resurrection, and the AvP films. Woodruff also spent most of those film inside the Alien suit.

Now ADI and Generation FX, headed by Woodruff’s son David, have put together an extremely impressive makeup test based on the concept art of an acid-burned Hicks, that Blomkamp released back in January. They have shared the photos via fansite The Terminator Fans, and you can read a great interview with David Woodruff here.

While Michael Beihn’s involvement is still to be confirmed, it’s great to see how he may look in the movie. That’s Tom Woodruff Jr in the makeup, and in Michael Beihn’s original Aliens armour.

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Neill Blomkamp says Alien 5 *won’t* ignore Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection

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neill-blomkampStill on the publicity trail for Chappie, Neill Blomkamp has been talking a little more about his upcoming Alien sequel.

Over the last couple of days it’s been reported that Blomkamp had said he was ditching Alien 3 and Resurrection canon, which we found unlikely, and for which we offered some thoughts. Then this was followed by The Guardian reporting that his movie would ‘categorically’ not feature the cloned Ripley from the last film.

Now, in an interview with French site AlloCine he says:

My favourites are the first two movies, so I want to make a movie that is connected to Alien and Aliens,” the director said. “That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection. I just want it to be connected to 1 and 2

Hmmmm, so the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection will still be relevant, but the new movie WON’T feature the Ripley clone, and WILL (if the concept art is followed through) feature Hicks (and presumable Michael Biehn…. Intersting, no?

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Harrison Ford confirmed for Blade Runner sequel, Denis Villeneuve set to direct

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blade-runnerProduction company Alcon Entertainment have announced that Harrison Ford is officially back as Deckard for the Blade Runner sequel, with ‘Prisoners’ director Denis Villeneuve in negotiations to direct.

Ridley Scott will produce the movie, which is written Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green, based a story by Fancher and Scott.

Scott has previously said that script is done and ready to go, and that Ford said it was the best thing he’s ever read.

Scott previously hinted at links between the world of Prometheus and Blade Runner. An easter egg on the Prometheus Blu-ray contained a letter written by Peter Weyland discussing his history with Blade Runner’s Eldon Tyrell. It’ll be interesting to see if those links are developed any further here or in the Prometheus sequel.

Alcon heads Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a statement:

We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.


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Alien and Prometheus sequel insider news needed!

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Ok folks, here’s where we ask you for some help.

With the recent exciting news that writer/director Neill Blomkamp and star Sigourney Weaver are bringing us a new Ridley Scott produced Alien movie, as well as confirmation that a Prometheus sequel is still on the way, we’re on the prowl for some juicy news and scoops.

You may recall that we were first website in the world to publish set photos from Prometheus (originally here, then later here), and we want to be at the forefront of news on both of the new movies.

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UPDATED – Sigourney Weaver and Neill Blomkamp talk about the new Alien sequel

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UPDATE- Since this article was first published, The Guardian are now reporting that Blomkamp has told them directly that he is “categorically” ruling out the return of the cloned Ripley character from Alien Resurrection. Obviously this negates much of what I theorise below, but I’ll leave it as-is. If he really is ignoring Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection then it’ll be very interesting to see how this all pans out…

Original article:

While promoting Neill Blomkamp’s new movie Chappie, he and star Sigourney Weaver have spoken about some of the plans for the recently announced Alien sequel.

Take a look at the interviews here, then join me below for my thoughts…

So, what are we to make of that? Many sites are reporting that this means Blomkamp is dropping Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection from the franchise’s canon. I don’t think that necessarily the case (aside from it being a bad idea…).

I see two options here:

Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection are dropped from canon

Bad idea. So now they are ‘just a dream’, or ignored completely? Whatever you think of those movies, they do tell a complete story. Alien 3 brings closure to the first part of the Ripley’s life, while Resurrection takes the character (now a human/alien hybrid clone) in an interesting new direction, full of possibilities.

The new film picks up from the end of Alien Resurrection

To me this makes more sense. In terms of story, at the end of Resurrection, Ripley has made it back to Earth. From the concept art the Blomkamp released, here are my thoughts (rambling though they are) on how it ties together.

  • Some of the art shows Ripley wearing some sort of alien-looking helmet. If this is bio-mechanical then it makes sense that a Ripley who is part alien would have more success getting it to work, or fuse to her, or whatever it is doing, than a 100% human Ripley.
  • We see an engineer’s ship. Let’s assume for now that it’s the derelict from Alien, rather than one that we’ve seen in Promethues. While Ripley’s been away, the Company has retrieved the ship from LV-426 and are continuing to experiment and investigate.
  • Hicks. This is the big one. How would he fit into a post-Resurrection story? My theory is that, if we see Hicks in the new movie, he’s a clone.We know that the Company cloned Ripley from samples of her blood retrieved from the EEV on Fiorina 161. Following events at the beginning of Alien 3, there was an abundance of Hicks’ blood to sample. If you’re going to start breeding aliens, then you need someone with prior experience of keeping dealing with them. Clone the soldier.Of course the art shows him with the scaring from the acid that sprayed him in Aliens, which a clone wouldn’t have, but that’s not to say that he won’t have picked up more in the meantime. On the other hand, this is just concept art to the set the tone of the movie. The final script doesn’t even exist yet.

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A new Alien movie is coming from Neil Blomkamp! Prometheus sequel still on track

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alien_blomkamp_3So, you may remember a few weeks ago that director Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) posted some concept art on his Instagram page for an Alien sequel project he was working on.

The art was certainly interesting, and, while lacking lacking any plot detail context, suggest a visually stunning epic.

We didn’t report this at the time (our bad), though Blomkamp himself said that the project was a no-go as far as Fox was concerned – it seems this was just something the director was toying with independently of the studio.

How things change. Variety is now reporting that Fox has given Blomkamp the greenlight for the project, which will be his next movie after Chappie.

It’s not clear at this stage how much of those concepts will make it into the film, or where it will fit in the Alien series – while Ripley (or at least Ripley/Alien clone) is alive at the end of Alien Resurrection, Hicks is most definitely dead in Alien 3. It’ll be interesting to see what makes it to the screen, but if anyone can pull of a visually arresting, genuinely fresh take on the Alien universe, it’s Blomkamp.

One thing Variety does make clear is that this will not impact the Prometheus sequel, which is still moving ahead. Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company will be producing both films, so it will also be interesting to see if any links between the sibling franchises will be worked into both scripts.

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H.R. Giger is no longer with us…

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Sad news today.

It has been confirmed that HR Giger, the man whose visual influence was felt above all others throughout the entire Alien franchise, has died at the age of 74 after a fall at home.

There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said about his genius, so I’m not going to bother waffling on. We can just be grateful that Ridley Scott spotted his work and brought him onboard Alien, giving us the most original creature ever seen on screen.

Even though he didn’t have the in-depth involvement in Prometheus that many might have hoped for, the movie still paid brilliant tribute to his work, with recreations and adaptations of much of his Alien artwork.

What a shitty day…

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Get creative and win all 4 Alien movies on Steelbook Blu-ray!

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The folks over at SteelBookBluRay.com have a competition running, offering a complete collection of all 4 Alien movies on steelbook Blu-ray.

This is a great prize for any Alien fan, so head on over to check out the details.

Good luck!


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Harrison Ford talks Blade Runner 2!

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Harrison Ford took part in a Reddit AMA Q&A session over the weekend, and one question which popped up was about the Blade Runner sequel, which is currently deep in development.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it’s a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character.”

Sounds good to us! it’s nice to see that, despite the troubled shoot on the original movie, Ford wants to return to that world.

Hopefully we’ll see the project move forwards soon!


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All four Alien movies are getting some very nice Blu-ray steelbook releases in the UK

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‘Steelbook’ Blu-ray releases are growing in popularity, offering high quality packaging, often with unique artwork and limited print runs, and the original Alien movies are on the way to this premium collectors format.

The second movie, Aliens, has already been released as an exclusive from online retailer Zavvi, but Alien, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection are due for release from all good (and evil) retailers in April and May.

While the releases are for the UK, they are region free, so collectors worldwide can grab their copies.

These are single disc releases only, so while they do include the regular and extended/director’s cuts of each film, don’t have the indepth documentaries found in previous box sets. But boy do they look lovely!

Those older Alien Anthology and Evolution: Prometheus to Alien are still available if you want the full extras experience, and again region free.

Check out the order links and artwork below:

 


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