Ripley returns to the alien planet?
Ripley returns to the alien planet?
Aliens. The 1986 sequel to Alien. Written and directed by James Cameron, this companion piece equally masters the depth and beauty of the original film.
Our heroine, Ripley, is awakened fifty-seven years after closing her sleep chamber only to learn that a colony has been established on the planet where her alien nemesis was originally found. When all contact is lost, Ripley is asked to join a team to find out the cause. The cause she is almost certain she’s familiar with…
I love playing the “what if?” game, especially when it comes to major films and incredibly powerful filmmakers. This one is the size of a dinosaur.
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is one of my all time favorite films. It never even crossed my mind that someone else may have ended up adapting the Michael Crichton novel. But what if James Cameron, known for his darker fare such as The Terminator and Aliens, ended up directing?
The filmmaker with the world’s two highest-grossing films under his belt revealed to HuffPost UK that he had always wanted to make the film Jurassic Park, but was beaten to it by Jaws director Steven Spielberg.
“I tried to buy the book rights and he beat me to it by a few hours,” Cameron revealed at the recently-opened “Titanic Museum” in Belfast, where the ship he brought to the big screen was designed and crafted back at the beginning of last century.
“But when I saw the film, I realized that I was not the right person to make the film, he was. Because he made a dinosaur movie for kids, and mine would have been aliens with dinosaurs, and that wouldn’t have been fair.
“Dinosaurs are for 8-year-olds. We can all enjoy it, too, but kids get dinosaurs and they should not have been excluded for that. His sensibility was right for that film, I’d have gone further, nastier, much nastier.”
Spielberg’s 1993 film, which stars Sam Neill and Laura Dern, is nearly $1 billion worldwide. Universal is post-converting the film for 3-D release on April 5, 2013 – that should tip the iceberg and set the stage for the already announced 3-D remake. READ MORE
With the June 8th release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look back at the original Alien franchise with which it “shares strands of DNA.” Whether or not there are xenomorphs as we know them in Prometheus, it’s abundantly clear that it takes place in the same universe.
In the weeks leading up to the release of that film I’m going to revisit the four films in the Alien franchise (sorry, not going to subject myself to AVP) in order to gather my thoughts in anticipation of the new outing. Last week I revisited Alien: Resurrection and absolutely hated it. The week before that I revisited Alien 3 and discovered a lot to like.
Now we come down to the two titans in the series, and this week I’m taking another look at Aliens. This is one of my favorite movies and I bet it’s one of yours as well. But what makes it tick? And is it better than Alien?
Let’s talk more inside. READ MORE
I just got out of Fast Five, so writing up this news somewhat saddens me. I feel like I just watched the Special Olympics of action films, and now I learn that director Justin Lin and Arnold Schwarzenegger are being shopped around to studios as a package deal for more Terminator films. If Skynet really did become self aware last week, perhaps it can stop this deal from going through before it’s too late.
This is great news for Schwarzenegger fans who want a better return to the big screen for him than his five seconds in The Expendables, but bad news for anyone that was hoping someone promising could come in and rescue the series from the deep, dark pit McG left it in two years ago. Lin has been rumored to be in running for quite a while now, and with Fast Five having impressive overseas debuts and being the film most likely to take the number one spot domestically this weekend, his name is probably not going to disappear from the deal unless the sequel unexpectedly tanks.
He could, of course, surprise everyone and make a solid film. But based on the last three Fast And Furious sequels he made, I’m not betting on it.
This deal also has a rather large stipulation: the rights revert back to James Cameron – who directed the first two films – in 2018, at which time they will have to be purchased from him again. That’s a little over six years, which gives the buyer enough time to make at least two films if they already have a game plan going into the deal.
Expect more concrete news about Terminator 5 in the very near future.
You got to love Twitter, a place where a writer, director or star can spit out a quick quotable blurb for us to quickly write up story on.
Final Destination 5 screenwriter Eric Heisserer reports in with some uplifting news after seeing an early cut of the film. “Saw a cut of #FD5 last week. You guys are gonna love the deaths. Esp the lasik sequence,” he teases, referencing a death sequence that sold New Line Cinema on hiring Heisserer for the fourth sequel. “There is a LOT of character development in the FD5 script,” he adds, “Unsure how much will survive editing. Fingers crossed.”
You’re telling me, I’m crossing my toes too. After the two previous terrible sequels, the producers promised a darker “return to the roots” style. And frankly, the more character development, the more you’ll care when those little teen bastards die.
Directed by Steven Quale, and in theaters August 26, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.
Among our generation of favorite directors, Guillermo del Toro has to be at the top of many of your lists. The man has directed Cronos, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Hellboy II and Pan’s Labyrinth. He’s produced The Orphanage, Splice, Julia’s Eyes and the forthcoming Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. And in the coming years we’ll be seeing both his literary interpretations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness in theaters.
In short, the guy is a genius and striving bring us more high-quality horror than we can even handle.
Ryan Daley sent me a link to what could be the longest article of all-time about the Mexican filmmaker, in which he talks to the New Yorker about developing Hobbit, Frankenstein, and At the Mountains of Madness. Daley was nice enough to pull out some excerpts, with the highlight being Del Toro’s desire to bring us a “hard R” version of At the Mountains of Madness.
I deserve to eat, right? The day of news continues as MTV scored an exclusive interview with genius director/producer James Cameron to walk about that bland looking thriller Sanctum. Keeping this story brief, contrary to recent reports (throwing around names like James McAvoy), Cameron explains that Tom Cruise is still interesting in starring in At the Mountains of Madness.
“Tom does want to do the picture,” Cameron said of Cruise’s continued interest. “I don’t think we have a deal with him yet, but we’re hoping to get that closed soon. Guillermo is madly working on a new draft of the script,” he added. “Hopefully we’ll be shooting by June or July.”
Universal Pictures is producing and Guillermo del Toro is directing this monster H.P. Lovecraft adaptation that tells the story of geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. On a previous expedition there, a party of scholars from Miskatonic University, led by Dyer, discovered fantastic and horrific ruins and a dangerous secret beyond a range of mountains taller than the Himalayas.
Are you guys clamoring for more Final Destination films? Statistically speaking, you may get your wish — and even better, per your infinite requests, you may be seeing a lot more of Tony Todd as “Bludworth”.
When asked what to expect from the upcoming Final Destination 5 Todd told Dread Central, “Thumbs up! Thumbs way up. They expanded my part, and the producer told me as we were leaving Vancouver that if it opens at Number 1 – which statistically it has – they’re going to shoot the next two simultaneously.”
Back-to-back Final Destination sequels? A bigger role for Tony Todd? After the disastrous fourth film in the franchise, might New Line Cinema be headed in the right direction?! Producers promised a darker “return to the roots” approach for the Steven Quale-directed 3D pic arriving in theaters August 26. Sh*t, Quale is James Cameron’s protege, how is that not already moving things in the right direction? What do you guys think? That’s a whole lotta question marks…
While the Tom Cruise news is six months old, Indiewire did some fresh digging on Guillermo del Toro’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptation At The Mountains Of Madness and discovered that scheduling conflicts might prevent him from starring. In fact, they report that James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class) was offered the exact same role. Both need to decide soon as shooting is set for this summer on the James Cameron produced 3-D horror. In addition, offers are also allegedly out to Liam Neeson (Unknown, After.Life), Ron Pearlman (Season of the Witch, Hellboy) and Hugh Jackman (Van Helsing, Wolverine), but again these are just offers. The 1931 tale is deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition’s uncanny discoveries-and their encounter with untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization-is a milestone of macabre literature.
Guillermo del Toro is one of the hardest workers in Hollywood, having his name attached to director or produce one of a handful of projects. One of the most anticipated would be At the Mountains of Madness, an H.P. Lovecraft story that’s being developed over at Universal Pictures. The LA Times caught up with Del Toro who says he’s actively engaged with the project and moving ahead with the tale of the mysteries and monsters on an Antarctic expedition. In fact, just last week Del Toro met with studio Universal for the so-called summit meeting in which he walked executives through his concepts and models for the movie. The script is also ready, he said. So how soon could shooting begin? This summer, he hopes, and possibly as early as June, according to the filmmaker. The biggest reveal is that producer James Cameron is actively involved, and was on hand for the summit.
Warner Bros. Pictures just provided Bloody Disgusting with your first ever look at Final Destination 5, the 3-D sequel being directed by James Cameron protege Steven Quale. Unfortunately, the images don’t really provide anything all too exciting, but we do have a long way until August 26, 2011. Starring Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Nicholas D’Agosto, Ellen Wroe, Meghan Ory, David Koechner, Tony Todd, P.J. Byrne, Emma Bell, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Courtney B. Vance, in this fifth installment, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.
The legendary Alien series has always been a jumping-off platform of sorts for up-and-coming directors, with each proving to be a pivotal moment in the career of its helmer. Before 1979, Ridley Scott had primarily directed TV shows and wasn’t exactly looked at as a “visionary.” But after the release of his haunted house in outer space blockbuster, he not only solidified himself as a premiere director (going on to the helm my favorite film of all time, Blade Runner, as well as Thelma And Louise, and Legend), but he also – with the help of H.R. Giger and Moebius – changed the way science fiction films would look for years to come, along with a little film called Star Wars.
The only survivor of the Nostromo, Ripley is discovered in deep sleep half a century later by a salvage ship. When she is taken back to Earth, she learns that a human colony was founded on the same planet where the aliens were first found. After contact with the colony is lost, she finds herself sent back to the planet along with a team of warriors bent on destroying the alien menace forever, and saving any survivors — if any remain.