Opinions may have been divided amongst fans about Ridley Scott’s 2012 Alien-prequel Prometheus. but it certainly made enough money that studio Twentieth Century Fox is interested in having the director deliver a sequel. And Prometheus 2 appears to be the next project on the director’s plate.
In a recent profile of Scott in Total Film (as pointed out by SciFied) there is the claim that cameras will be rolling on Prometheus 2 this coming January. Total Film follows this up by quoting Scott as saying “I’ve got back into the sci-fi thing, I kind of adore it,” so that suggests, at least, that their information originated with Scott himself.
Scott had been developing Prometheus 2 for awhile with writers Jack Paglen and Michael Green working on the screenplay.
As they are pretty much the only two survivors at the end of Prometheus, it is assumed that Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender will be returning for the sequel.
As of yet, Twentieth Century Fox has not announced a release date for Prometheus 2 though if they are shooting in early 2016 I would suspect we’ll see it at some point in 2017, though that is also around the time that Neil Blomkamp’s proposed Alien film is expected. Scott recently signed to do The Cartel, the story of Mexican drug lord El Chapo. Given that El Chapo recently made headlines for an escape from a Mexican prison, it could be assumed that Fox would want to capitalize on that. But since both projects are for the same studio I don’t think there will be too much trouble in getting the schedule worked out.
The key to a good sequel is not just repeating what people liked about the first film but expanding on those elements into a bigger and perhaps more epic story.
Jurassic World director Colin Treverrow sounds like knows this as he recently talked to Wired UK in which he discussed the possible story lines that he will explore as he works on the screenplay for the Jurassic World sequel.
“[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island,” Trevorrow tells the outlet. “That’ll get old real fast… I feel like the idea that this isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponise it and later on we found it could be used for energy. And this isn’t something necessarily that was in the book but is a seed that I wanted to plant in this movie, is that might be able to grow in more of these movies if they decide to make more of them, is: What if this went open source? It’s almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?’
“And Dr Wu says in the film, when he’s warning Dr Mesrani, ‘We’re not always going to be the only ones who can make a dinosaur’. I think that’s an interesting idea that even if we don’t explore fully in this film, there is room for this universe to expand. I shouldn’t use the word universe, because people will think we’re making a Jurassic World universe – we’re not.”
Given that villains tend to end up as dino chow in the Jurassic Park films, it was an interesting surprise that BD Wong’s geneticist character Dr. Wu managed to make it off the island without such a fate. Trevorrow sounds as if this was something that they had in mind all along, so the dangling plotlines at the end of the film feel indicative of longer term franchise planning. Although he has previously stated that he has no interest in directing the Jurassic World sequel, he is set to work on the screenplay for the new film alongside co-writer Derek Connolly.
Universal has already set a June 22, 2018 release date for the as-yet-untitled Jurassic World sequel.
You know that thing we said at the end of last week about Channing Tatum possibly dropping out of Fox’s Gambit? Forget we brought it up.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed over the weekend that while negotiations between the actor and the studio over his participation in the X-Men franchise spinoff film had hit a “sensitive spot,” but that was all part of the usual process of negotiations. If anything, the Reporter states that the possibility of Tatum walking was rather slim given that he had been involved with the project for a few years now as both an actor and, later in the process, producer.
Additionally, details as to how much interaction Tatum’s Gambit will have with the rest of Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men cinematic universe were one of the things that needed ironing out.
One thing that needed figuring out was the extent of Tatum’s involvement in the X-Men universe. Fox sees Tatum’s Gambit, a mutant who harnesses kinetic energy, as one of the anchor characters of the X-universe, akin to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, someone who would anchor his own movies and appear in numerous others. It’s a commitment that could theoretically last more than a decade. (Jackman has been portraying Wolverine since 2000, for instance.)
Rupert Wyatt will be directing the film which should get underway this October for an October 7, 2016 release.
It can’t rain all the time, but it just seems that the attempt to bring the comic book The Crow back to the big screen can’t catch a break. The latest stumbling block in reviving the franchise comes from its studio, Relativity and their bankruptcy filling from late last week.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that a source on the production has confirmed that things on the film are in a state of disarray.
A source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that an entire production team had this week “left the project,” along with “several other” heads of department. Another insider added that a “statement would be forthcoming.”
These departures follow on the heels of attached star Jack Huston dropping out of the project in June. Did he see the writing on the wall or was it really just a case of “creative differences”? If the report of the departures of key production department heads are true, director Corin Hardy has to scramble to pull together replacements before the hoped-for production start later this fall.
But that is only if Relativity feels that a Crow remake is still a viable priority for the studio as they work through reorganizing their finances. The Reporter states that Relativity has already sold off their interest in a few properties, including the Asa Butterfield-starring science-fiction teen romance Out Of This World and the YA adaptation The Tribes Of Palos Verdes which will feature Jennifer Garner.
Produer Ed Pressman has been working on bringing The Crow back to the big screen since 2008. Over that time, directors like Stephen Norrington, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Francisco Javier Gutiérrez and actors such as Bardley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgård and Luke Evans all being involved or attached at various points in time.
In a surprise story tonight, The Wrap is reporting that Channing Tatum may be leaving 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise spinoff Gambit.
According to their sources, The Wrap is stating that the actor’s deal with the studio “is in jeopardy of falling apart and he is planning to exit the comic book project.”
One individual close to the project told TheWrap that Tatum’s reps are still in active discussions with the studio but acknowledged that “something is up.
This news comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that the film would be going in front of the cameras this coming October. Recently, the actor had been screentesting with a number of actresses for the female lead in the film, with Blue Is The Warmest Color and SPECTRE‘s Lea Seydoux reportedly in the mix.
The Wrap also reports that Channing is itching to take a shot at directing and that may be factoring into his current mindset.
If Channing and his producing partner Reid Carolin do walk, it could put the Rupert Wyatt-directed project in danger as it was greenlit by the studio primarily based on the actor’s involvement. The film is currently scheduled for an October 7, 2016 release.
First, he was rumored to be playing Steve Trevor. Then he was rumored to be playing a Green Lantern. Now we finally find out which rumor was true.
The Wrap is reporting that Chris Pine has “closed a deal” to join 2017’s Wonder Woman, playing Steve Trevor, the title character’s love interest.
The site says that the Green Lantern rumor was just a smokescreen to throw the rumormongers off the trail of Pine true DC role. This is a bit wacky, because it should be the opposite–that the Trevor role was a smokescreen to throw Pine becoming the next Green Lantern. Because, in my opinion, unless Steve Trevor is taking on a Nick Fury-esque role in the DC Comics film universe, Green Lantern would be the more prestigious role.
Patty Jenkins is directing Wonder Woman, from a Jason Fuchs script. It is scheduled to hit theaters on June 23, 2017.
With shooting set to commence in November in London, Marvel Studios is stepping up the process of casting for their Doctor Strange comic book adaption with Rachel McAdams reportedly being in early talks for the lead female role in the film.
While there is no mention of the character’s name,the role could very well be that of Clea, the apprentice, and eventual lover, of the titular Sorcerer Supreme, who will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
The news comes buried in an LA Times interview with the actress from the weekend and even she cautions that getting the role may not come to pass.
[I]t’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.
Outside of Cumberbatch’s casting though there have been no official word as to who else will appear in the film. Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor have reportedly landed roles, but Marvel has yet to confirm.
If at first you don’t succeed, hire another writer. That seems to be the motto at Warner Brothers as they continue to try and get a remake of their 1970s dystopian cult classic Logan’s Run mounted.
This most recent attempt involves hiring the busy Simon Kinberg to write the story and treatment for the project under the supervision of producer Joel Silver. The story material will then be handed off to another, as yet unnamed, writer as Kinberg is fairly busy with his duties as a producer and sometimes writer on Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four and Deadpool and one of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars: Anthology films.
Warners has been working on this remake of Logan’s Run since the mid-1990s. Future GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra director Skip Woods was signed to the project in 2000 before Bryan Singer took over in 2004. Writers Ethan Gross and Paul Todisco a draft of the screenplay and then Singer teamed with collaborator Dan Harris for a pass before another of Singer’s frequent collaborators Christopher McQuarrie delivered a rewrite. However, after two years of work on a screenplay, Singer backed out of the project in May 2006.
Things lay quiet on the remake for over a year until Joseph Kosinski pitched a version in August 2007 of the story that excited Warners brass so much that they virtually hired the neophyte director on the spot. Although Kosinski worked on yet another new screenplay with Timothy J. Sexton, he soon left the project to direct TRON: Legacy for Disney. In May 2010, commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch was brought on board along with writer Alex Garland. Their participation didn’t last that long however and Gangster Squad scripter Will Beall was called in in April 2011 to work on his take material. The last writer to tackle a Logan’s Run reboot was Ken Levine, creator of the popular Bioshock video game franchise, back in 2013.
In front of the cameras, he is probably best known as Bill S. Preston, Esq., but behind the camera Alex Winter is starting to earn a name for himself as a director of both television and now documentaries. His previous two films – Downloaded and Deep Web – explored various aspects of the internet and internet culture. But his new project fins him in different territory, as he will be examining the life and work of iconic musician Frank Zappa.
Winter is currently developing the as yet untitled film with the backing of the Zappa Family Trust for a possible 2017 release.
There has yet to be a definitive, authorized documentary on the extraordinary life and work of Frank Zappa. I am beyond thrilled to be embarking on this journey. Our tale will be told primarily in Frank’s own words; he will be our guide through this journey.
The fact that Winter is saying that they are using “Frank’s own words” for the documentary opens up some speculation for me. Are they using old interviews, perhaps some previously released recordings that the family is making available for the project? Could they be using Zappa’s 1989 memoirs The Real Frank Zappa Book as the basis? As a Zappa fan, I am excited to find out the answer.
For many, Frank Zappa was the slightly odd rock musician whose work never really gained popular acceptance outside of a few novelty hits like “Valley Girl.” But among musicians, he was known as a virtuoso guitarist and a composer of avant-garde jazz and classical music. He also was one of the first to embrace the possibilities of electronic synthesizers like the Synclavier. Additionally, he was also an outspoken critic of the music industry and attempts to censor the arts. He died in 1993 at the far too early age of 52 from prostate cancer.
Ever since their X-Men franchise was revamped and the Fantastic Four reboot was green lighted, rumors spread that the two franchises would meet up in a grand crossover. However, this was something that Fox, through Simon Kinberg, tried to downplay the idea to the point where it seemed highly unlikely to happen.
And then we get this from Bryan Singer as he promoted the X-Men: Days of Future Past-The Rogue Cut
So an X-Men/Fantastic Four team up is in the works, at least at a small level. I’m wondering if the rumor of a shared universe with Marvel Studios also has a bit of a fire to go with its smoke. A lot will depend on how well Fantastic Four does next week.