Ridley Scott Plans to Deliver a “Fresher Form of Alien” in PROMETHEUS 2

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About two months ago, Ridley Scott offered a Prometheus 2 update confirming that the script was being written, that he had “15 drafts evolving” and also that the iconic Xenomorphs will not be part of the sequel.  He noted that “there’s only so much snarling you can do” and that it’s time to do something more interesting, but left it at that.  However, in a more recent interview, Scott gives up a little more information and it teases the direction he could be going in with aliens in the sequel.

Hit the jump to find out what Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw could encounter in Prometheus 2.

Tom Hardy and Steven Knight Reteam for FX Series TABOO; Ridley Scott Will Executive Produce

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Steven Knight‘s Locke is one of the best films you probably haven’t seen this year, and now the writer-director is set to reteam with star Tom Hardy for the new FX series Taboo.  Hardy will executive produce alongside Ridley Scott on the show, which is based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy.  The series is set in 1813, and stars Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, “a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.  Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.”  That sounds cool, but this project already had me at bringing Knight and Hardy back together.

Production on the eight-episode first season will begin in mid-to-late 2015 in the U.K., and is tentatively set to premiere in mid-2016.  Yes, it’s a while a way (not surprising given Hardy’s busy schedule), but if Locke is any indication, it will be worth the wait.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Joel Edgerton Rides into Battle in New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Clip

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The marketing campaign for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings has delivered loads of stunning imagery, but it’s tough to assess the film’s potential based on pretty pictures and quick-cutting trailers alone.  I thought that might change after seeing a clip from the film, but the big takeaway from the one that just dropped isn’t the tone or the dynamic between Christian Bale’s Moses and Joel Edgerton’s Ramses, but rather the incredible mid-battle imagery, especially those aerial shots of Ramses’ army about to pummel the enemy with an onslaught horse-drawn chariots.  It’s also a frustratingly brilliant move to have the piece end so abruptly.  It certainly left me eager to find out what goes down after the clip wraps up.

Hit the jump to check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings clip.  The film arrives in theaters in 3D on December 5th and also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro and Sigourney Weaver.

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN Ultimate Edition and ALIEN 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Reviews

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20th Century Fox has released two of Ridley Scott’s best films in new special editions.  Those films are Alien and Kingdom of Heaven.  One of these editions offers supplements and commentaries never before put to Blu-ray, while the other is a repackaged version of previous editions, where the only new element are some collectables.  My review of both follows after the jump. 

Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions to Adapt Arthur C. Clarke’s 3001: THE FINAL ODYSSEY into Syfy Miniseries

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Arthur C. Clarke‘s 1968 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey was adapted into a classic film by Stanley Kubrick.  The second novel, 2010: Odyssey Two became a cinematic footnote with 1984′s 2010: The Year We Make Contact.  Now the final part of Clarke’s Odyssey trilogy, 3001: The Final Odyssey, will be hitting the screen, but not for theaters.  Syfy has announced that they’ve teamed with Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free Productions to adapt the final book in Clarke’s sci-fi series, which begins with the discovery of Frank Poole’s frozen body floating in space.  From there, the story “offers an extraordinary range of complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals, and dark thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.”  Stuart Beattie (Collateral) will write and the executive produce the miniseries.

While Syfy gets a lot of attention for their campy fare like Sharknado, I’m glad to see the network go for heavier material like this and their upcoming series based on 12 Monkeys.  Hit the jump to check out the press release.

Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton Go Head-to-Head in Latest EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Posters

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Come December 5th, Christian Bale’s Moses and Joel Edgerton’ Ramses will go head-to-head in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, and these latest posters for the film really play up the conflicting tactics of the two.  Even though they grew up together, almost like brothers, Ramses is the one who’s born to rule Egypt whereas Moses is destined to lead 600,000 slaves out of the region.

Similar to just about every single promo we’ve seen from the film thus far, including the first set of posters, the visuals here are bold and striking, but we’ve still got a little over a month to go until we find out if the heavy eyeliner and flashy armor translate into a worthy retelling of the story – although I am very hopeful Scott pulled it off.  Hit the jump to check out the new Exodus: Gods and Kings posters.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro and Sigourney Weaver.

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sebastian Stan Join THE MARTIAN; Ethan Hawke to Play Chet Baker in BORN TO BE BLUE

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just scored two more industry heavyweights for The Martian, 12 Years a Slave star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Sebastian Stan.  They join Matt Damon, Jessica ChastainKristen Wiig, Michael Pena, Kate Mara and Sean Bean in the November 25, 2015 release about an astronaut who winds up stranded on Mars.  Filming is set to begin in Budapest this November.

In addition, we also just got word that Robert Budreau’s Chet Baker biopic, Born To Be Blue, began filming in Ontario with Ethan Hawke leading as the legendary jazz trumpet player.  Carmen Ejogo (The Purge: Anarchy) and Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica) also have roles in that one.  Hit the jump for more on both films.

Ridley Scott and Lynda Obst Developing Ebola TV Series at Fox

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As though Ebola isn’t in the headlines enough, now Ridley Scott and Lynda Obst are giving the disease its own TV show.  It’s being reported that the pair is developing a limited TV series for Fox TV Studios based on the 1994 Richard Preston book, The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus.

Apparently the duo has had the rights to the book for two decades, but never let them lapse.  About a year ago, they quietly went to work on the project, hiring I, Robot scribe Jeff Vintar to pen the adaptation.  Hit the jump for more on Scott and Obst’s Ebola TV series.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Preview; 30 Minutes of Footage Reveals Epic Scope

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Last night I drove down to Fox to attend a special preview of footage from director Ridley Scott‘s upcoming biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings.  While I can’t really offer any opinions on the film since what we saw was both incomplete and a relatively small snippet (around 30 minutes) of the overall experience, I will say that this film looks massive and that they got an impressive amount of ground covered in their relatively brief (for a movie of this scale) 72 day production.  The trailer that hit this morning covers some of this ground, but there’s a lot more that you’re not seeing.

Scott’s epic stars Christian Bale – who was there to answer a few questions – as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Rhamses.  Hit the jump to check out our Exodus: Gods and Kings footage preview.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.   Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Trailer: Christian Bale’s Moses Rises Up

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A brand new trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings just dropped and it’s far more comprehensive than the last one.  The film stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses and chronicles what happens when Moses rises up and leads 600,000 slaves out of Egypt.  We’ll have our thoughts on the new trailer up shortly, but we wanted to make it available as quickly as possible.

Hit the jump to watch the new Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer and click here to catch Evan’s thoughts on the recent footage preview.  The film arrives in theaters on December 5, 2015 and also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.

Sir Ben Kingsley Talks THE BOXTROLLS, What Surprised Him About Stop-Motion, Working with Ridley Scott, Robert Zemekis, and Anton Corbijn, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Laika’s The Boxtrolls.  Making their stop-motion debut is directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and the film is based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.  Featuring the voices of Isaac Hempstead WrightElle Fanning, Sir Ben KingsleyToni ColletteNick FrostSimon PeggRichard AyoadeTracy Morgan, and Jared Harris, The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (Wright) who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (Kingsley).  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for trailers, images, interviews, and everything we’ve posted on the film.

At the L.A. press day I landed a video interview with Sir Ben Kingsley.  He talked about how they made The Boxtrolls, how much he knew about stop-motion prior to getting involved and what surprised him about the process, the amazing artistry, and what it was like working with Ridley Scott on Exodus: Gods and Kings, Robert Zemekis on The Walk, and Anton Corbijn on LifeHit the jump to watch.

Ridley Scott Says BLADE RUNNER 2 Script is Ready to Go; No Xenomorphs in PROMETHEUS 2?

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Ridley Scott’s got a lot going on right now, and perhaps too much for those eager to see Blade Runner and Prometheus sequels.  Scott is still gunning to make both, but right now he’s got Exodus: Gods and Kings making its way towards a December 12th debut and he’s busy casting up for his next film, The Martian, too.

Scott recently revealed hopes to shoot Blade Runner 2 right after The Martian and it seems as though he could pull it off because apparently the script for that one is written and ready to go.  Prometheus 2, however, is a different story.  That one’s still in the works and there’s a chance that it won’t include any Xenomorphs.  Hit the jump for more on both projects.

Asa Butterfield Eyed for MISS PEREGRINE; Michael Pena in Negotiations for THE MARTIAN; Natalie Dormer Locked to Lead PATIENT ZERO

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We’ve got some casting news worth noting.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

Hit the jump for more on all three films.

Kate Mara Offered Role in Ridley Scott’s THE MARTIAN, What Does This New Film Mean for BLADE RUNNER 2 and PROMETHEUS 2?

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It’s looking fairly concrete that the next Ridley Scott film we’ll be getting is The Martian (after the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings of course).  The film will star Matt Damon as an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must find his way back home. The script was written by the amazing Drew Goddard (based on Andy Weir’s e-book turned Crown novel).  And it could be good, I’m looking forward to seeing Scott work in a somewhat smaller scope.  I mean, it’s a sci-fi movie set on another planet but it looks as though it’s sort of an intimate film in the vein of Cast Away.

Last week we had heard that Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig were in the mix to appear in the film.  I’m not sure if that’s still the case (it’s possible that this movie has a big female cast, though I’m sure someone who has read the book would know better than I), but Kate Mara (House of Cards) has been offered a role in the film.  Ridley Scott and Fox are aiming for a November 25th, 2015 release on this one, so they better get cracking.  Especially since Scott intends to make Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2 right afterwards.  Hit the jump for more.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Featurette; Ridley Scott Promises to Deliver a True Epic

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20th Century Fox has released a new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette that highlights the epic scale of the production.  Director Ridley Scott notes:

“I felt there was a beauty to the massive scale of [the material]… You’re working with at least 700 crew plus the 4,000 extras.  And of course the armies will be expanded exponentially: 4,000 will be tiled and grown into 20,000.”

Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton star as Moses and Ramses.  Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.  Watch the Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette after the break.

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