Last week, Disney and moviemaker George Lucas announced that the company had purchased Lucas' profitable LucasFilm Ltd. production company for $4.05 billion, While that affords Lucas a modest retirement from making movies (actually, he plans to donate most of the money to educational charities), Lucas also revealed that he had decided to hand over his Star Wars franchise to "a new generation of filmmakers," collectively blowing the minds of millions of Star Wars fans everywhere.
While creating Star Wars has given Lucas unparalleled respect amongst writers, directors, animators and movie audiences alike, it's been Lucas' "recreations" of those same movies, as well as work creating the prequel trilogy (that's Episodes I-III for you kids that watched them sequentially), that has made him the target of those same peoples' derision. Now that Disney holds the keys to Lucas' magic kingdom, we offer 10 things to expect from the new Star Wars trilogy. read our 10 expectations then add your own >> Posted 11.04.12 by Ryan
Director Ridley Scott's return to science fiction culminated in this summer's Prometheus, which, while it suffered derision from Alien fans who didn't care for the movie's ending (or, possibly, it's loose association to the Alien franchise), still earned a respectable $302 million worldwide for Twentieth Century Fox. Scott admitted in February that a possible Prometheus 2 was a part of his future plans, remarking: "I’m also thinking about what the hell I might do for a Prometheus 2." It's a good thing he thought ahead, because a Prometheus sequel appears to be in Fox's plans as well. who will return? >> Posted 08.01.12 by Ryan
As we sift through the stories that occurred over the weekend while we were at Comic-Con, it seems that Paramount's adaptation of World War Z is in even more trouble. Last week, reports claimed that not only was screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) brought in to help brainstorm a fix to the film's ending, but Cabin in the Woods co-writer and director Drew Goddard did the actual rewriting work, with another writer, Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Jack Reacher), possibly stepping in at a later date. Now comes word that Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) are no longer on speaking terms.
Vulture was the first to report the communication breakdown, with the site's multiple production sources claiming that Pitt has become so frustrated with Forster that, as the production prepares for three weeks of reshoots (initially reported as seven), that "when Forster had notes on a scene for Pitt, they had to be relayed through an intermediary — and vice versa." Pitt originally fought to bring Forster on board the movie, which Pitt's production company Plan B is producing, and which was rushed into production last July to make a winter release date that has subsequently been pushed to June 21, 2013. This was reportedly done after Pitt and Paramount execs were unhappy with how some of the movie's action sequences were coming together in the editing room. To be fair to Forster, he clearly went into production with a script that wasn't finished, so he may have a good reason for not shooting a movie without having much of a plan. what is going on? >> Posted 07.18.12 by Ryan
Poor World War Z. Already deemed an impossible-to-shoot book by its many fans, confidence wasn't high about a movie adaptation, and, as the production has moved forward, problems have continued to plague the movie like a, well, zombie outbreak.
Back in January, stars Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos were talking about World War Z as if it was the start of a trilogy, but, months later, the movie was pushed from December to June 21, 2013, giving time for director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) to engage in seven weeks of reshoots. Paramount president Adam Goodman told The Hollywood Reporter in June that "the footage from this film looks fantastic, but we all agreed it can have a better ending," prompting the studio to bring in screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) to help rewrite the end of World War Z. While Lindelof reportedly helped figure out a new ending (which, considering the source, means there won't be an ending), another writer was brought in to pen the script and another writer might now follow, as well. MORE >> Posted 07.12.12 by Ryan
Seems World War Z has more problems than just zombies. First it was reported that Paramount had bumped the movie's release date from December this year to June 21, 2013, and then last week we found out that the Brad Pitt project was headed for seven weeks of reshoots.
Now hot off the release of Prometheus, Lost scribe Damon Lindelof has been hired to help save World War Z. THR reports Lindelof will tinker with the movie's third act. The movie will reunite (at least script-wise) Lindelof with his Lost star Matthew Fox. More about Lindelof and World War Z >> Posted 06.08.12 by Chris
Despite how many sci-fi TV shows and movies there have been, very few of them have generated memorable spaceships. That most casual moviegoers can identify the Millenium Falcon from Star Wars and the USS Enterprise from Star Trek but only cinephiles will remember the Valley Forge from Silent Running or the USS Cygnus from The Black Hole is a testament to just how difficult they must be to design.
Why "spaceships are very hard not to make cliché" is the topic of the latest featurette promoting the upcoming Prometheus. Director Ridley Scott, writer Damon Lindelof (Cowboys and Aliens), and two-time Academy Award–nominated production designer Arthur Max (Gladiator) also explain how insect anatomy inspired the look of the USCSS Prometheus. WATCH THE FEATURETTE >> Posted 05.30.12 by BrentJS
All signs point to The Avengers having a highly profitable opening weekend, and some of that expectation can be attributed to the almost universally positive word-of-mouth. Reviews have yet to make their way online, but after last night's world premiere, plenty in attendance headed to Twitter to deliver their thoughts, including Captain America comic book writer Ed Brubaker, who had nothing but positive things to say about the movie.
more praise, plus more Avengers talk from Johansson and Ruffalo >> Posted 04.12.12 by Ryan
Avengers was awesome. Felt like [writer-director] Joss Whedon in all the right ways while still feeling like the best of Marvel. It's going to be really huge.
The question of how much director Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi movie, Prometheus is a prequel to 1979's Alien probably won't end until the movie opens in June. At WonderCon last month, screenwriter Damon Lindelof said that Prometheus would "will hopefully contextualize the original Alien so maybe you know a bit more," but said that a Prometheus sequel would "tangentialize even further away from the original Alien."
According to Scott, Prometheus will have "strands of Alien's DNA", which is clear from the inclusion of the "Space Jockey" creature from the original Alien, but is that enough to call the movie a prequel? The answer isn't cut and dried, and in an interview with Blastr, Lindelof explained why he doesn't generally like prequels and how Prometheus eschews the typical definition. read lindelof's comments >> Posted 04.06.12 by Ryan
This past weekend was very kind to everyone that's anticipating director Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi movie, Prometheus. Scott and screenwriter Damon Lindelof appeared at WonderCon over the weekend, and precipitated a slough of promotional material: an IMAX trailer, a new full-length trailer, and a new viral video that features Michael Fassbender as his android character of David. If that's not enough, the movie's first TV spot has also been revealed, offering yet another look at Scott's first sci-fi movie in 30 years.
Initially a prequel to Scott's 1979 Alien, Prometheus "evolved" into "a new, grand mythology and universe where this original story takes place," according to Scott, who has also said that only "strands of Alien's DNA" will appear in Prometheus. While the trailers have made it clear that the "Space Jockey" creature from the original Alien will appear, the appearance of any acid-bleeding xenomorphs is the subject of debate. The movie's promotional footage seems to offer evidence that they do, but Lindelof's comments during WonderCon's Prometheus panel, Hitfix reports, suggest otherwise. watch the TV spot and read Lindelof's comments >> Posted 03.20.12 by Ryan
In keeping with 20th Century Fox's promotional campaign, a new preview has arrived for the upcoming trailer to Prometheus, director Ridley Scott's highly anticipated return to the sci-fi genre. The movie's first trailer, released last December, had not one, not two, but three preview clips that preceded its release.
Prometheus was initially set as a prequel to Scott's 1979 classic Alien, but Scott has repeatedly distanced Prometheus from Alien, remarking that "there may be a vague notion, some slight DNA from the original Alien" in the movie. With Scott scheduled to premiere the second trailer this Saturday at WonderCon and then participate in a Q & A with screenwriter Damon Lindelof, perhaps more details will be offered. Until then, the first teaser (assuming there will be more) does offer a bit of new footage from the movie. watch the trailer preview >> Posted 03.12.12 by Ryan