20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott‘s production company, Scott Free, are officially moving to make a sequel to 2012‘s Prometheus. Relative newcomer Jack Paglen has developed a story that Scott has signed off on, and will write the screenplay.
Though a highly divisive film, drawing much scorn from fanboys who had high expectations for the prequel to 1979‘s Alien, Prometheus was a financial success, grossing $403 million worldwide on a budget of $130 million.
Paglen has drawn attention for his screenplay for Transcendence, a sci-fi script currently being directed by Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer, Wally Pfister. That film, being produced by Nolan and starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Kate Mara, is due to be released in April 2014.
Prometheus, whose original script by Jon Spaights was heavily rewritten by Damon Lindelof, ended with Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) as the last human survivor of a team that had gone searching for the Engineers, an alien race who served as the architects of the human race. Alone with the remains of an android named David (Michael Fassbender), Shaw will no doubt feature in the sequel. What Paglen will do with her – and the alien that burst from the body of an Engineer in the film’s final shot – remains to be seen.
Despite the controversy over the plot of Prometheus and its loose connections with Alien, it is ranked #18 among 2012 films on Flickchart.
via The Wrap
The end-of-the-world takes to uncharted waters in This is the End, a hilarious but also strange concoction from Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, the creators of Superbad and Pineapple Express. Having seen the film twice, it seems to take as many viewings to really appreciate it because you’ll never know what hit you on the initial viewing.
Welcome to the latest installment of Flickchart Road Trip, in which I’m starting in Los Angeles and “driving” across country, watching one movie from each state and posting about it once a week. The new movie I watch will go up against five movies from that state I’ve already seen, chosen from five distinct spots on my own Flickchart. Although I won’t tell you where the new movie actually lands in my chart (I don’t like to add new movies until I’ve had a month to think about them), I’ll let you know how it fared among the five I’ve chosen. Thanks for riding shotgun!
I’m hitting New England at just the right time of the year: It’s warm, but the truly muggy and gross weather is still a few weeks off. Of course, I’ve also still got a few weeks of New England left, so we’ll get to the humid weather I’m sure. Right now, though, I’m reveling in the fact that I’m not home in Los Angeles, where they tell me that June Gloom (a semi-permanent haze that afflicts the region during the month of June) has arrived once again, liked clockwork.
Author and journalist Robert K. Elder has written two books featuring interviews with film directors: “The Film that Changed My Life“, and his newly released “The Best Film You’ve Never Seen“. In the former, he asks 30 filmmakers to discuss the film that had the biggest influence on their cinematic careers. In the latter, 35 directors defend and/or promote movies that they regard as being overlooked or misunderstood. For those of you interested in keeping track of the films mentioned in each book that you’ve viewed, Flickchart offers rankable filters for both The Film that Changed My Life and The Best Film You’ve Never Seen. Listed below are all the directors involved and the films that they chose.