Movie Talk: Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Aliens’ Movie to Diverge from Canon; Angourie Rice Joins ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

     July 7, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (July 7, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp, John Rocha and Natasha Martinez discuss the following:

  • Sigourney Weaver says Neill Blomkamp’s Aliens sequel will diverge from canon
  • Danny McBride’s character in Alien: Covenant revealed + new set video teases practical effects
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag


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While the state of Neill Blomkamp’s planned Aliens sequel is still unknown, one thing we do know is that it will not be connected to David Fincher’s Alien 3 or Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection. With not much to go on, we are left to wonder exactly how Blomkamp will tackle the issue of ‘canon’ in the new series. But now we have a bit more to go on thanks to franchise star Sigourney Weaver. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Weaver confirmed that her upcoming sequel with Blomkamp at the helm will diverge from the pre-existing movies. The chat came on the heels of news that an Aliens reunion will be coming to Comic-Con in celebration of that film’s debut 30 years ago. And although the fans want a new Alien movie with Weaver, the studio has yet to confirm a start date or release.

Though we have a stellar cast in place for Ridley Scott’s follow up to Prometheus in Alien: Covenant, which includes Katherine Waterson, Michael Fassbender and Danny McBride, most of the roles are still unknown. Except now for Danny McBride’s character. During an interview with Rolling Stone, McBride confirmed himself to be the pilot of the Covenant space craft. He also spoke a bit about the use of practical effects in the movie, with the official twitter account releasing a new video from behind the scenes revealing what appears to be a new alien hand. Ridley Scott returns to direct Alien: Covenant, which also stars Noomi Rapace and Billy Crudup. It’s scheduled for theaters on August 4, 2017.


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THR is reporting that The Nice Guys standout Angourie Rice has been cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming in an unknown role. Rice hasn’t been working in Hollywood too long now until her recent appearance in the Shane Black directed movie, in which she played Ryan Gosling’s on-screen daughter. Other cast members in Homecoming include Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Robert Downey Jr. reprising his Iron Man role, Michael Keaton as the villain, Disney Channel star Zendaya, Logan Marshall-Green, Tony Revolori, Abraham Attah, Donald Glover and Michael Barbieri. Directed by Jon Watts from a screenplay by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to hit theaters on July 7, 2017.



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Bryan Cranston‘s involvement with the Power Rangers goes back a lot farther than his recent casting in the movie – he voiced minor villains Twinman and Snizzard during the series’ run in the 90s. Now Cranston stars as Zordon in the feature film due out March 24, 2017. In a chat with The Huffington Post about his upcoming movie The Infiltrator, Cranston spoke of the tone of the Power Rangers movie and how it made all the difference in influencing his decision to sign on. When the tone was compared to the Batman movies, Cranston said the inspiration is different, and the sensibility of it, and the approach to the film making is completely different and so he was excited to join.


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Laika animation studio has released the newest trailer for their stop-motion Kubo and the Two Strings. Set in a fantastical Japan, Kubo follows a young boy who possesses the power to bring origami to life with the music of his shamisen — on an epic journey to unlock the secrets of his legacy and reunite his family. Starring Art Parkinson as Kubo, the film also features an all-star voice cast including Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, and Matthew McConaughey. The movie hits theatres August 19th.

The first trailer for Edge of Winter starring Suicide Squad’s Joel Kinnaman and Spider-Man: Homecoming’s has been released online. Holland plays Bradley, one of two brothers (the other played by Percy Hynes White) stranded on a day trip with their father Elliot played by Kinnaman, whom they barely know. Recently divorced from their mother and laid off, this unpredictable man begins terrifying the boys when they are stranded at a remote cabin. Edge of Winter is the directorial debut of Rob Connolly, who previously worked as a cinematographer. The film is co-written by Connolly and Capote producer Kyle Mann. It opens in theaters on August 12. 

OPENING THIS WEEK (Brought to you by AMC Theatres) 

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – Mike and Dave (Zac Effron and Adam Devine) are young, adventurous, fun-loving brothers who tend to get out of control at family gatherings. When their sister Jeanie reveals her Hawaiian wedding plans, the rest of the Stangles insist that the brothers bring respectable dates. After placing an ad on Craigslist, the siblings decide to pick Tatiana and Alice (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza), two charming and seemingly normal women. Once they arrive on the island, however, Mike and Dave realize that their companions are ready to get wild and party. 

Fathers and Daughters – A Pulitzer Prize-winning author (Russell Crowe) checks into a mental health facility after the death of his wife, while his daughter (Amanda Seyfried) falls for an aspiring novelist (Aaron Paul) years later.


Levi White writes:

Hey guys, so I recently saw The Legend of Tarzan at an AMC prime theater. The theater was awesome, the movie, not so much. I noticed that Tarzan was absolutely void of charm and that Samuel L. Jackson was only in the story to add some comedic relief and expository dialogue as Tarzan’s trusty sidekick. My question is, who are some of the best sidekicks in film?

Thank you, shitrats 4 life.

Ryan Santana writes

Hi, Collider Gang. I love the show and have been watching since the AMC days. My question deals with increasing budgets for films. I was on Box Office Mojo, and I was stunned when I saw that The Legend of Tarzan had a production budget of $180 million. I understand the concept of spending money to make money, but do you think Hollywood is getting pretty ridiculous and care-free with its budgets? I mean Blumhouse seems to have the simplest formula (i.e. make movies for $5 million and break-even opening night), so why do we keep seeing these inflated budgets for sub-par ideas like Tarzan? You would think that a studio could differentiate between a financially brilliant idea and Tarzan, but the numbers don’t seem to coincide with common sense. So please explain this to me. Thanks, and keep up the great work!



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