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…
Read more here and here.
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.
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!
‘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:
So last week 20th Century Fox announced release dates for a few of their upcoming tentople movies, including a new Wolverine movie, Taken 3, a Fantastic Four sequel (even though the first one isn’t filming yet – there’s some confidence!)
Of particular interest to us of course, was the ‘untitled Ridley Scott project’ pencilled in for March 4th 2016.
Rumours that this in fact Promtheus 2, possibly to be called ‘Paradise’ have now been confirmed by The Wrap, who have some more details on the status of the project, including a change of writer.
Writer Michael Green, who has spent some time working with Scott on the in development Blade Runner sequel, is taking over from Jack Paglen, who wrote the original draft. While Green’s highest profile movie to date seems to be Warner Bros’ dud The Green Lantern, he does have an impressive resume in TV including producing and writing credits on several episode of Heroes and Smallville.
Wither way, he’s obviously made enough of an impression on Ridley Scott, as production on Promtheus 2 is expected to begin in the second half of this year, once the director completes work on his Biblical epic, Exodus.
The Wrap also offer up a few details of what we can expect from the sequel, including a more ‘Alien-y’ tone, which should appease those fans who wanted that in the first movie, as well as the promise of multiple David androids.
Read more here.
It’ll be interesting to see where this story ends up. Remember this interview that Scott gave back before Prometheus was Prometheus, where he discusses making 2 prequels? There were no doubt a lot of ideas dropped in paring down to one movie. Will any of those get used, or is the script going off in an entirely new direction? Hopefully we’ll find out soon!
And with that exciting news, we are back!
Real life and other commitments have kept The Weyland Chronicles on the back-burner for a while, but now that work on the sequel seems to be picking up steam, we’ll be back with regular updates.
If you are working on the sequel in any capacity, and can share any information, then please contact us – anonymously of course – with what you know!
Excuse us while we when just sweep away the tumbleweeds and cobwebs.
Right, where were we? Oh yes… after a deafening silence from the world of Prometheus, Noomi Rapace has revealed in an interview with The Playlist that she has already met with Ridley Scott to work on the story for a sequel.
While publicising her new movie Dead Man Down, Rapace brought us up to date on how develpment is going:
“They’re working on the script. I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It’s just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will.
“… it’s interesting because people, most people I’ve talked to who see the movie, see things that are quite different. Some people who see the movie many times and discover new things. There are all these religious aspects and there are very interesting conversations. And for me, if we do a second one, there are a lot of things to explore in there and to continue. I would love to do it.”
It’s certainly good to know that, despite committing himself to a Blade Runner sequel, Scott is still working on bringing us Prometheus 2. Whether he’ll find the time to direct it himself is another matter…
You may remember back in September one of our readers ‘Zeus’ wrote an article “Prometheus for Dummies”, which attempted to explain many of the questions raised by the film.
Since then, he has been hard at work refining his ideas, taking into account new information on the film and addressing some of the responses to his original piece.
Now we are happy to present “Prometheus Demystified”.
It’s a long read, with plenty of illustrations, so we’re providing it in PDF format, which you can download via the link below:
Give it a read, then leave your thoughts below!
Tony Scott 1944 – 2012
Writing in Saturday’s Guardian newspaper, actress Keira Knightley has written about her time with Tony Scott, working on one of her early break-out lead rolls, Domino, which Scott directed. It’s a really nice article, and well worth a look.
You can read the whole piece here, but here are a few snippets:
“They say he held the record for the fastest speeding ticket in Los Angeles – 170mph on a motorbike along Pacific Coast highway. They say he totalled two Porsches along Sunset Strip. I don’t know if any of that’s true and I don’t care. He was a man people liked to tell stories about…
“I knew Tony for three months, seven years ago, when I worked with him on Domino. Every second I spent with him was a privilege…
“One day we stood in a room together, with six naked women, choosing me a bum double. We disagreed on whose bum was the best but, being a gentleman, he gave me my way…
The world is a lesser place without Tony Scott. He was an original in every way. There will never be another like him. He was the only truly rock’n’roll person I’ve ever met. Watch his films, be part of his violent delights. He was, is and always will be a legend.
While development is still presumably in its early stages, Prometheus co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof has officially ruled himself out of working on the sequel.
Speaking to Collider, he says:
“The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting. But at the same time, I was like, “Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.”
I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does. I don’t have the capability. I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. So I said to him, “I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.” And he was like, “Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.” He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.”
I think that’s a shame. While many were frustrated by perceived shortcomings in Prometheus’s script, I like what Lindelof did. Not all of his revisions to Jon Spaihts’s script were ideal, but overall he elevated the movie away from a general Alien movie into something that could stand alone and head off in its own direction.
On the other hand, given some of the vitriol sent his way, I don’t blame him for wanting to step away. It’s pretty clear that the basics have already been thought out for the sequel’s storyline, and hopefully Lindelof at least played a part in that. And who knows, maybe he might be persuaded to come back for a little script polish if it’s needed!
While Fox have confirmed that a sequel is in development, an exact release date is yet to be set. We’ll bring you more as we get it!
Tony Scott 1944 – 2012
Paramount Pictures have officially announced that the late Tony Scott’s classic hit Top Gun is getting a limited IMAX 3D release, followed by a Blu-ray release in February 2013.
I don’t envy Paramount when it comes to the timing of this release. Although the 3D conversion was supervised by Scott before his death, some may see this as a cash-in from Paramount. On the other hand, with what I imagine is a considerable investment made in the conversion, Paramount understandably want to see a return. I think the timing of the release is about right.
My understanding is that Paramount were going to use this re-release to gauge the public’s interest in a sequel, but with development on the film abandoned after Scott’s death, that me no longer be a part of the plan. Besides, which director would want the responsibility of picking up the baton on this project?
Anyway, here’s Paramount’s press release in full:
“TOP GUN” TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX® 3D FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
THE CLASSIC FILM RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN EXCLUSIVELY IN SELECT IMAX 3D THEATRES FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINNING FEBRUARY 8, 2013
“TOP GUN” Debuts on Blu-ray 3D™/ Blu-ray 2D™ Two-Disc Set February 19, 2013
HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 11, 2012) – “TOP GUN,” Paramount Pictures’ 1986 classic from director Tony Scott, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Tom Cruise, takes off on a new adventure with an exclusive six-day 3D engagement in select IMAX® theatres beginning February 8, 2013. The film has been re-mastered for the IMAX® 3D release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray.
TOP GUN was re-mastered for the big screen from high-resolution original negative scans and painstakingly converted to 3D by Legend3D under the supervision of the film’s director, Tony Scott. Rendered in 3D, the film’s complex, long shots reveal extraordinary depth and clarity, allowing viewers to explore every detail of the action. From the spectacular aerial dogfights to the intense close-ups in the cockpits, each frame enables the audience to feel a part of the story.
The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of “TOP GUN” captured the imagination of a generation and earned a worldwide box office of over $350 million upon its release. The film stars Tom Cruise as Maverick and Kelly McGillis as his civilian instructor. The film also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.
The “TOP GUN” Blu-ray 3D disc presents the film with pristine high definition picture and sparkling sound in spectacular 3D for the ultimate home viewing experience. The Blu-ray 2D includes the re-mastered film in high definition, along with a six-part documentary on the making of the movie, a behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with Tom Cruise, commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and more. The two-disc set available for purchase also includes a digital copy of the film and will be enabled with UltraViolet technology.