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Ridley Scott Directing ‘Alien’ Reboot?

Posted by Brian on 06/09/2009

Ridley ScottSource: The Playlist

According to EW, that’s what 20th Century Fox wants. And why the hell shouldn’t you want it? Entertainment Weekly is reporting via The Playlist that 20th Century Fox may have some qualms about letting Carl Rinsch direct the newly announced Alien prequel, or whatever the hell it is. While the Scotts may have given Rinsch their approval, sources at Fox tell EW that they are only interested in greenlighting the picture if Ridley Scott directs. Is it possible Tom Rothman finally had a good idea? Quite frankly, everyone would love to see Scott direct this himself and not just hand it over. Hopefully, the EW article will go up soon. And maybe we’ll actually get a good, scary Alien movie again.


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‘Blade Runner’ Webseries

Posted by Brian on 06/05/2009

bits_bladerunner.1Source: New York Times

Ridley Scott (Alien, American Gangster) announced that RSA Films, a new division of his commercials company, was working on a web-series inspired by Scott’s 1982 feature, Blade Runner. Titled Purefold, the series would consist of linked 5- to 10-minute shorts, aimed first at the Web and then perhaps television. The story will be set in distopyian Los Angeles at a point in time before 2019, when the Harrison Ford movie takes place.

I was never really into Blade Runner. I know the film bombed at theaters and has now taken on a cult status, but I just never got into it. However, if there’s one thing I loved about the film it was Ridley Scott’s direction. His dystopian future is one of only few that really stands out as an amazing work of art, like the above shot.

Ridley, Tony, and brother Luke are all developing the project along with David Bausola’s company, Ag8. Basoula isone of the creators of Where Are The Joneses?, a web sitcom which garners input about story and plot from it’s audience, and expects to do the same with Purefold. “It’s actually based on the same themes as Blade Runner. It’s the search for what it means to be human and understanding the notion of empathy. We are inspired by the film,” Bausola states.

The series won’t adhere too strictly to the film, it’s characters, or situations. Much of the material in the film was based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, to which the Purefold creators do not own the rights.He hopes the shorts will debut later this summer.

In a stunning move, the episodes in the series will be released under a Creative Commons license, marking the first time a major Hollywood director has embraced that alternative licensing scheme. The license means fans of the series can take the episodes and remix or otherwise repurpose them, and even make their versions available commercially under the same license.

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Chris Pine Is ‘Unstoppable’

Posted by Brian on 06/04/2009

Chris_Pine_lSource: THR

Chris Pine, fresh off a huge win with his star-making turn in Star Trek, has signed on to co-star with Denzel Washington in Tony Scott’s upcoming Unstoppable. The film based on a script by Mark Bomback story centers on an experienced train engineer (Washington) about to be laid off as part of company cutbacks and the newbie conductor hired to replace him. Pine would play the newbie as they find themselves in a race against time to stop an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying enough combustible liquids and poisonous gas to wipe out a nearby city.

I’ve really enjoyed Pine in the few films I’ve seen him in. He was demented genius in Smokin’ Aces, and I couldn’t even belive it was the same person when they announced him for Star Trek. He turned out to be a perfect choice, so I really can’t wait to see what he does next.

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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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‘Alien’ Remake Planned?

Posted by Brian on 05/28/2009


Source: Bloody-Disgusting

Another day, another goddamn useless remake.

BD News is reporting that Fox, all around genre rapists, are prepping a remake/reboot of Ridley Scott’s Alien. Unlike the upcoming Predator reboot, which hopes to include multiple predators, the plan is stick with one Alien on the ship. An update posted from a trusted BD source says that Fox is exploring the idea of an origin story, as opposed to a straight-up remake.

Michael Costigan, Ridley Scott and even Tony Scott are all on board to produce and have tapped commercial/music video director Carl Rinsch to bring a new Ripley to the screen. The film is being produced by Scott Free Productions, which the mysterious Carl Rinsch seems to have worked for. Please take all of this as a rumor until we get confirmation!

In the original Alien, the terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from a desolate planet, and discovers a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. One by one, each crew member is slain until only Ripley is left, leading to an explosive conclusion.

There is good news in all of this. While it is still being handled by Fox (gag!), Ridley Scott is still involved as producer. I don’t think he’d let someone trash a film this well-respected and loved.

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