Alcon Entertainment partners Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove have owned the rights to Blade Runner for a while now. Up until this last August, fans of Ridley Scott's hugely influential 1982 adaptation of Philip K. Dick's expected the producers of The Blind Side, Dolphin Tale, and The Book of Eli to bastardize the beloved property. Then, Ridley Scott himself signed on for the mysterious new Blade Runner, at which point the internet uttered a collectively puzzled, "Huh?"
The director, who is currently in post-production on his Alien prequel, has now spoken about the project's development, saying that it will probably be a sequel, and answering the question of whether or not we'll be seeing Harrison Ford return as Rick Deckard.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon made more than a billion dollars globally over the summer, and given that its two predecessors raked in about a billion and a half with their grosses combined, it doesn't take an elaborate formula to conclude that the Transformers franchise will continue, and will likely do so sooner rather than later. Hasbro, the toy company that owns the extraterrestrial robots and a plethora of other recognizable properties being developed as features, is evidently in active discussions with Paramount, Steven Spielberg, and Michael Bay to get Transformers 4 up and running. That's according to company CEO Brian Goldner, who also provided updates on several other Hasbro movie hopefuls, including Ouija and Monopoly.
When Alien arrived in theaters back in 1979, not only were audiences wholly and deliciously unprepared for the chestburster scene, but they also weren't expecting Sigourney Weaver's Ripley to end up being the character who escaped the Nostromo, as a then-unknown Weaver was surrounded by far more recognizable faces. Of course, Ripley went on to become something of an icon, and for his return to the science fiction universe of Alien, director Ridley Scott has created another strong female leading role. Noomi Rapace, the actress who first played Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, stars in Prometheus as Elizabeth Shaw, and while the 3D science fiction-horor film remains oh-so mysterious, Rapace has revealed some key elements of Shaw's character, and she sounds familiar in some crucial respects.
It’s my birthday; I’m sitting in the bedroom I grew up in at my parent’s house in Massachusetts … and I’m waiting for Ron Perlman to call me. Does life get any better than this?
Last week while I was home visiting my family, I had the pleasure of spending the evening of my 36th birthday speaking with one of my all-time favorite actors. I first became aware of Ron Perlman’s immense talent as a performer from his work on the popular ‘80s fantasy series Beauty and the Beast, but it’s his impressive and vast resume of film accomplishments that has made me a fan. I loved his unique portrayal of characters in movies like The City of Lost Children, Alien Resurrection, and Star Trek Nemesis, but it is his collaborations with lifelong friend Guillermo del Toro (Cronos, Blade II, Hellboy, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army) that I think marks some of his finest work.
But recently it seems like Perlman’s career could not be hotter. For the past three seasons he’s starred as Clay Morrow on FX’s hit motorcycle gang series Sons of Anarchy, which just began airing its forth season. He is also currently getting rave reviews for his role as a crime boss in director Nicholas Winding Refn’s critically acclaimed movie Drive, starring Ryan Gosling. Not to mention that he was seen this past summer playing the father of Conan the Barbarian in Lionsgate’s big screen adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s beloved character. Now the actor once again plays a crime boss in the new film Bunraku, which opens in theaters on September 30th.
Of all the mysterious high-profile movies set for 2012, Prometheus might just be the most mysterious. Unlike, say, a trilogy-capping superhero movie, Ridley Scott's first science fiction film in 30 years hasn't needed to film on any metropolitan streets, and the production has managed to keep story and shooting details well under wraps. The "It's not really an Alien prequel but yeah it's totally an Alien prequel" movie has been playing a shell game for months, disavowing information from all over the place and, by some accounts, actively spewing disinformation online to throw spoiler-hounds off the trail.
Famously verbose Lost co-executive producer and screenwriter Damon Lindelof, who rewrote Prometheus from previous drafts by Jon Spaihts, recently discussed the film at length, and while there are plenty of vague teases, Lindelof also verified some information and discussed story and characters, specifically those played by Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender.
Last month, Blade Runner fans were stunned into silence while they held highly symbolic doves in the rain, as it was announced that director Ridley Scott would return to direct a follow-up to his 1982 classic, which starred Harrison Ford as investigator responsible for hunting down cybernetic replicants in an innovatively designed future Los Angeles.
While we still know virtually nothing about the new Blade Runner, and Scott generally keeps a whole lot of projects in development at any given time, a new rumor suggests that the science fiction film may have found a writer: Scott Z. Burns, who most recently wrote the pandemic nightmare Contagion.
As one of the most in-demand directors on the face of Earth, Ridley Scott keeps a multitude of projects in development at all times so as to constantly keep busy and have a new film on which to work rather than languishing with a single film that's never going to get a greenlight. He's been attached to Monopoly, a feature version of the Parker Brothers board game, for a few years now, and though he's currently in post-production on the science-fiction tale Prometheus, Monopoly has not yet lapsed into hopelessness. In fact, a pair of new writers are now laboring away on the project, Heat Vision reports that Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are now on board for the real estate-based adventures of a thimble, an old-timey car, and an iron.
In this strange online culture of ours, it seems that, more often than not, those individuals blessed with a surplus of wit are more inclined to use their cleverness for snarky, mean-spirited writing that tears a piece of entertainment (perhaps deservingly) to pieces. It's refreshing then, that producer and screenwriter Damon Lindelof has used his loquaciousness to pen an articulate and heartfelt love-letter to Raiders of the Lost Ark, praising the Steven Spielberg-directed, George Lucas-produced, Harrison Ford-starring adventure for the bona-fide masterpiece that it is. Lindelof has geek credibility to days, having executive produced Lost and produced the Star Trek reboot. His upcoming projects include Ridley Scott's Alien quasi-prequel Prometheus and Star Trek 2.
The entertaining, funny essay was written for Hero Complex, and it it's accompanied by an explanatory introduction that begins with the line, "I remember with great clarity the last time I peed my pants." Lindelof goes to explain the intent of his love-letter to, "one of the most perfect movies ever made." Seriously, read on, enjoy, and notice that by the time you're done, you'll be feeling a distinct urge to whallop some Nazi faces alongside your old buddy Indy.
Yesterday brought the surprising news that director Ridley Scott will return to the world of his 1982 science fiction landmark Blade Runner with a new film that will be either a prequel, a sequel, or a spin-off. Not to be outdone, Ridley's younger brother and producing partner Tony Scott is at the center of some big news involving a classic film. According to Deadline, Scott is currently in talks with Warner Bros to direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah's hugely influential 1969 western The Wild Bunch. That's not all, though, as the director is currently prepping a Hell's Angels film about the notorious biker gang, and he's got a star in mind.
In 1979, Ridley Scott's sci-fi haunted house film Alien debuted to much acclaim and huge commercial success. When his follow-up, a moody adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, debuted in 1982, it received neither critical adulation nor commercial success. Over the years, owing largely to the availability of a superior director's cut, both critics and audiences have grown to appreciate Blade Runner as a gorgeous film of real thematic depth. Now, thirty years later, the director has signed on to another Blade Runner.