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Tony Scott Confirms ‘Alien’ Prequel

Posted by Brian on 05/30/2009


Source: Collider

Earlier this week, Bloody-Disgusting let slips the dogs of war. They reported that Tony Scott and Ridley Scott were prepping a remake/reboot of the much-beloved first film in the Alien series, some say one of the scariest films ever made. Well, it appears those rumors are true.

Cornered by Collider making the press rounds for his new film, The Taking Of Pelham 123, Scott answered a few questions about the rumors:

Collider: 20th Century Fox is talking about remaking or redoing the original Alien. What’s going on with that?

Tony Scott: Yes, Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to Alien. He’s one of our directors at our company.

Collider: I’m going to be blunt about this. Fox has not been doing a great job recently with their movies.  They haven’t been an artist friendly studio. Are you guys going to have some creative control and make this a kick-ass film?

Tony: Yes! But Fox is our home. They finance our production company.

Collider: And I’m very happy that you guys have the financing. But a lot of the films they’ve been doing at the studio level, they’ve been nickel and diming and not giving fandom what they want. So I guess my question for you is…are you a little nervous about reengaging the franchise or are you excited.

Tony: I’m excited cause Ridley created the original and Carl Rinsch is one of the family.

Collider: When do you envision this film getting in front of cameras?

Tony: Hopefully the end of the year.

Collider: Will it be a summer of 2011 movie?

Tony: Honestly, I don’t know.

Props to Collider for sticking it to Tony on 20th Century Fox sucking so hard for the past few years, even moreso than usual. I’ll remain skeptical until I hear more, but I’m more open to a prequel than a straight-up remake. Carl Rinsch is a competent commercial director, but what the film really needs is a strong script. I’m hoping Ridley Scott won’t be able to resist and that he’ll be extremely hands on with this feature.

Perhaps the end of this movie should be the beginning of the first Alien, with Ripley and crew discovering the alien race. Who knows? I just don’t want another Alien movie that sucks.


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Danny McBride Becomes A ‘Hench’ Man

Posted by Brian on 05/30/2009


Source: Variety

Warner Bros. has aquired the graphic novel Hench which they’re gearing up to launch as a vehicle for Danny McBride. The graphic novel, which was created by Adam Beechen and Mario Bello, concerns a football player who suffers a career-ending injury and needs a job. He signs on as henchman to a successful villain.

McBride is set to write the script with Shawn Harwell, one of his writing partners from Eastbound & Down. If you haven’t seen Eastbound, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the funniest things to hit screens in a long time. McBride is currently starring with Will Ferrell in Land Of The Lost and is prepping to begin work on David Gordon Green’s Your Highness.

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‘Tintin’ Sets A Date

Posted by Brian on 05/30/2009

tintinSource: Variety

Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment recently announced that The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn would be released stateside on Dec. 23, 2011. In an unusual move, the film will be released internationally in late October and early November 2011. The decision was made as the studios feel that the property, which has been translated into 70 languages, would show stronger potential overseas. The two studios also revealed that they will release “Tintin” in 3-D, a move that has been under consideration for some months now.

Combining the stories of The Crab with the Golden Claws and The Secret of the Unicorn, the film depicts Tintin’s (Jamie Bell) first encounter with Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and the discovery of a clue to the treasure of his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock.

The Secret Of The Unicorn, currently being helmed by Steven Speilberg, is the first in a planned series based on the iconic character created by Georges Remi. The second feature in the series is scheduled to be directed by Peter Jackson. The cast includes Jamie Bell as the title character. Also starring are Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook. The film was written by Steven Moffatt (Dr. Who), Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz), and Joe Cornish.

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Joss Wants Summer Glau For ‘Dollhouse’

Posted by Brian on 05/30/2009


Source: Ausiello Files

News to absolutely no one’s ears, Joss Whedon confirmed earlier this week that he is indeed trying to get Summer Glau cast on Dollhouse. Speaking with Michael Ausiello over at his blog Whedon says, “If anybody thinks [bringing Summer onto Dollhouse] hasn’t occurred to me already then they have not met me,” he says. “I mentioned it to her before Sarah Conner Chronicles was canceled. I was like, ‘You know, we should get you in the ‘house.’ But first we have to come up with something that works.”

Summer Glau is known for playing distant, emotionally complex characters so obviously Glau as one of the series’ ever-shifting “Actives” would make absolute sense, but Glau is interested in something more. “She’s done that [type of role] a lot,” Whedon says. “I’d rather see her play someone who talks too much. The most fun I have is when I get somebody who’s good and comfortable at doing something, and then I make them do something else. Summer said to me, ‘I would like to play a normal girl before I die of extreme old age.’”

Whedon and Glau work incredibly well together so this is great news. I’m also really interested in seeing Summer Glau play a regular character so we’ll see how this develops.

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Meet Damien Walters

Posted by Brian on 05/28/2009


Source: CHUD

Alright. So this guy Damien Walters is a stuntman in Hollywood, but he’s really more of an acrobat. Apparently he was doing stunts for Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar’s Kick Ass, but I wanted to put up his showreel because it’s absolutely amazing stuff. I really hope this is what we’ll see in Kick Ass when it hits theaters.

Kick Ass stars Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Mark Strong, and McLovin. It is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust) and written by Jane Goldman (Stardust).

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Seann William Scott and Adam Brody Are ‘A Couple Of Dicks’

Posted by Brian on 05/28/2009


Source: Hollywood Reporter

THR reports that Seann William Scott and Adam Brody are set to join Bruce Willis and Tracey Morgan in a buddy cop movie directed Kevin Smith. Yeah, that sounds all kinds of weird. To be fair, it’s the first movie Kevin Smith is directing that he didn’t write Instead it was scripted by Robb and Mark Cullen and follows a maverick cop (Willis) and his partner (Morgan) who, while tracking a valuable stolen baseball card, tangle with a memorabilia-obsessed gangster and rescue a Mexican beauty who holds the key to millions in laundered drug money.

Scott plays a thief known as the Shit Bandit for the souvenirs he leaves at his robberies. Brody is an abrasive detective not happy to be working with Willis and Morgan. Shooting begins Monday in New York.

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‘Final Destination 4’ Poster

Posted by Brian on 05/28/2009


Source: UGO

The Final Destination series is an odd one.The first movie was good kitchy fun, with kills that absolutely no one was expecting. The second film ramped up everything about the first one with an amazing opening sequence, a much more interesting story that investigated the rules of Death further, and characters that weren’t completely stupid. Final Destination 3 was, well, meh. The opening rollercoaster disaster felt half-assed and the movie itself felt weak, and relied on a gimmick of seeing your death in photos. It did nothing but introduce us to Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and God bless you for that.

Now comes the fourth film in the series, which is apparently titled The Final Destination. Are we to infer that Death has finally figured out a way to tidy up all those loose ends? Only time will tell. In the meantime, UGO have debuted a pretty cool poster for the film.


Nick O’Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend and their friends to leave…escaping seconds before Nick’s frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they’ve cheated death, it is only the beginning.

Pretty nice, huh? It hints back at the older movies without being a blatant ripoff. Hopefully that says more for the film than the poster. David R. Ellis (Final Destination 2, Snakes On A Plane) is back to direct from a script by Eric Bress (The Butterfly Effect, Kyle XY). The Final Destination will be released to theaters August 28, 2009.

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Concept Art: ‘Avatar’

Posted by Brian on 05/28/2009


Source: MarketSaw

MarketSaw, the only site where anything tangible about James Camerson’s heavily anticipated film Avatar ever surfaces, has revealed two shots of early concept art from the film. The shots were approved by Fox, so they’re legit. The first piece of concept art was drawn by Dylan Cole. MarketSaw is still trying to get confirmation on artist of the second piece.

The first pic contains a full shot of the PowerSuit, mechanized armor that is used to protect against the wildly indigineous creatures of Pandora and to prevent the operator from breathing the poisonous Pandorian air. A shot of the practical PowerSuit from the waist down showed up earlier this week. The second shot is a futuristic helicopter being chased by three alien creatures which may or may not be Bansheerays. Enjoy the pics below.

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Avatar is written and directed by James Cameron. It is his first theatrical feature, discounting documentaries, in over a decade. It hits theaters December 18, 2009.

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DreamWorks Animation Plans Through 2012

Posted by Brian on 05/28/2009


Source: DreamWorks Animation

Jeffery Katzenberg announced plans this morning for DreamWorks Animation to release five movies every two years. The plan is to release one or two sequels every year along with an original project. “We now have three very successful franchises, but we also want to tell new stories,” Bill Damaschke says. Five new projects were announced along with details on sequels currently in development.

How to Train Your Dragon – March 26th, 2010 – Written and directed by Chris Sanders and Den DeBlois. Voices includes Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Johan Hill. Set in the world of Vikings and dragons, it centers on an awkward teen who befriends an injured dragon.

Shrek Forever After – May 21st, 2010 – Previously titled Shrek Goes Fourth. Directed by Mike Mitchell. The further adventures of the giant green ogre, Shrek, living in the land of Far, Far Away.

Oobermind – November 5th, 2010 – Previously titled Master Mind. Directed by Tom McGrath. A satirical take on superhero movies, in which a notorious villain loses his oomph after he accidentally kills his nemesis Metro Man. Voice talent includes Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey.

Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom – June 3rd, 2011 – Previously titled Kung Fu Panda 2. Longtime story executive Jennifer Yuh Nelson makes her feature directorial debut with this. The continuing adventures of Po, the Kung Fu panda. Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman will reprise their roles.

The Guardians – November 4th, 2011 – Based on a not-yet-published book series from author William Joyce, whose work has previously inspired Disney’s Meet the Robinsons. Jeff Lynch is attached to direct the film, which unites characters every child knows – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost and the Sandman – to defend the world from a Bogeyman-like villain.

Puss in Boots – March 30th, 2012 – Shrek the Third helmer Chris Miller will direct. Imagines the events before the character’s appearance in Shrek 2, while introducing all-new characters. Antonio Banderas returns as Puss and Salma Hayek will lend her voice to love interest Kitty.

Madagascar 3 – May 27th, 2012 – Madagascar helmer Eric Darnell will direct. The story in this will relocate the critters from Africa to Europe via a traveling circus.

Katzenberg will choose just one of the following three projects for its November of 2012 release slot.

The Croods – Directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco. Previously an Aardman Animations collaboration known as Crood Awakening. A comedy set in the Stone Age about a caveman named Crood whose status in the village is threatened by the arrival of a prehistoric genius who comes up with revolutionary new inventions.

Truckers – A story derived from the first book in Terry Pratchett’s The Bromeliad Trilogy. Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is adapting. A story about the Nomes, a race of tiny people from another world who now struggle to survive in a department store hidden amongst humans.

Super Secret Ghost Project – Not much known about this, except that it will “ask what ghosts think about humans.”

I never saw Kung Fu Panda which got pretty good reviews, and long ago gave up on the Shrek franchise as it seemed interested in nothing more than burning us all out on Mike Myers. In my opinion, DreamWorks Animation is pretty much the anti-Pixar. Their movies are almost always boring, pandering, and derivative. I’m surprised that no Monsters Vs. Alien sequel was announced. It’s the only film I even slightly enjoyed from Dreamworks. And seriously, come on. Madagascar 3?

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Stills: “Up”

Posted by Brian on 05/28/2009

Dug the Dog Up

Source: Buzz & Cie

Pixar has established itself to the point where if you don’t like one of their movies, something must be wrong with you. They work from a film model every studio should be taking notes from. It’s quite simple, really:  story, story, story. And so with that Pixar’s first venture into 3D, Up , is almost upon us. Are you ready?


Pixar’s tenth feature, Up, will be released tomorrow, May 24th.  Up is directed by Pete Docter and written by Bob Peterson & Pete Docter. It’s based on a story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Ronnie Del Carmen, and Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor).

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