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Ri­p­ley yarn!


Neill Blomkamp is keep­ing the finer de­tails of his Alien se­quel as close as a face-hug­ger but he’s pre­pared to trail some tan­ta­lis­ing hints. “I want this film to feel like it is lit­er­ally the ge­netic sib­ling of Aliens,” he tells Sky Movies. “So it’s Alien, Aliens and then this movie.” Not that he nec­es­sar­ily wants to wipe the third and fourth chap­ters from ex­is­tence. “My favourites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s con­nected to Alien and Aliens,” he tells Al­locine. “I’m not try­ing to undo Alien 3 and Alien Res­ur­rec­tion. I just want it to be con­nected to Alien 1 and 2.” Fran­chise icon Sigour­ney Weaver is look­ing for­ward to some xenomorph- bat­tling clo­sure. “I would love to take Ri­p­ley out of or­bit­ing around in space and give a proper fin­ish to what was such an ex­cel­lent story,” she says. “I can’t think of a bet­ter direc­tor. He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in un­ex­pected di­rec­tions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will cer­tainly stand up to the oth­ers and prob­a­bly break a lot of new ground as well.” Alien 5 bursts from the chest of cinema it­self some­time in 2017.



So just where do you go once you’ve been to in­fin­ity and be­yond? Maybe it’s time to point your jet­pack at Planet Rom- Com… Pixar pres­i­dent Jim Mor­ris re­veals that the next adventure of the mis­matched toy­box en­sem­ble will shift the fran­chise in an un­ex­pected new di­rec­tion. “The third movie ended in a beau­ti­ful way and com­pleted a tril­ogy,” he tells Dis­ney Latino. “I think this movie is not part of this tril­ogy. It is a sep­a­rate story… It will be a love story. It will be a ro­man­tic com­edy. It will not put much fo­cus on the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the char­ac­ters and chil­dren.” Josh Co­ley has just joined the project as John Las­seter’s co- direc­tor, work­ing from a screen­play by Ce­leste And Jesse For­ever writ­ers Rashida Jones and Will McCor­mack.

Stack­ing the Deckard!


Har­ri­son Ford’s re­vis­it­ing an­other of his iconic roles. And no, it’s not “Bell­hop” from 1966’ s Dead Heat On A Merry- Go- Round, still crim­i­nally se­quel- free. Af­ter months of in­tense will-he- won’the ac­tion he’s now of­fi­cially signed to reprise trench­coat- clad

Repli­cant chaser Rick Deckard, join­ing Han Solo in the Hell Freezes Over sub- set of his screen ca­reer. Orig­i­nal helmer Ri­d­ley

Scott has passed on the chance to di­rect this be­lated se­quel though he’s still on­board as pro­ducer. Ford will re­turn to a dystopian, neon- drenched Los An­ge­les un­der the di­rec­tion of De­nis Vil­leneuve, best known for crime drama

Pris­on­ers and dop­pel­ganger tale En­emy. Fel­low pro­duc­ers An­drew Kosove and Brod­er­ick John­son call it “a uniquely po­tent and faith­ful se­quel to one of the most uni­ver­sally cel­e­brated films of all time.” Origami uni­corn, any­one?



The 1958 orig­i­nal was one of the clas­sics of drive- in cinema ( read our re­view on page 106), the tale of a re­lent­less mass of gelati­nous ooze crush­ing a small Amer­i­can town – ru­mours in­sist this un­stop­pable hor­ror went on to present Hol­ly­wood show­biz slots on break­fast TV. Now Con Air and

Ex­pend­ables 2 helmer Simon West is bring­ing us an al­to­gether less wob­bly re­make. “It’s go­ing to be much more sci- fi than the orig­i­nal,” he tells Screen Rel­ish. “It’s a big­ger scale type of movie. It’s more Alien meets Preda­tor and designing the crea­ture is a long and in­volved process be­cause it’s very so­phis­ti­cated. It’s not go­ing to be the goo pour­ing through win­dows…” Pity. We were ready for that jelly. Film­ing be­gins in Au­gust with Seven’s Richard Saper­stein and Si­lent Night’s

Brian Wit­ten pro­duc­ing.

Lend us your ears!


You’ve seen a horse fly. You’ve seen a dragon fly. You’ve seen a house fly. But have you seen an ele­phant fly… from the head of

Tim Bur­ton? Yes, straight from the bog­gling but true file: ev­ery­one’s favourite schock- haired au­teur is set to re­make Dis­ney’s 1941 an­i­mated clas­sic. It’s the lat­est live- ac­tion take on a Mouse House main­stay, fol­low­ing the likes of Malef­i­cent, Cin­derella and Bur­ton’s own 2010 ver­sion of

Alice In Won­der­land. For those of you raised in an un­der­ground bunker with no Christ­mas tele­vi­sion in your child­hoods it’s the story of a baby cir­cus ele­phant teased for his out­sized ears be­fore dis­cov­er­ing the power of flight and tri­umph­ing over ad­ver­sity prob­a­bly. Lis­ten, Johnny Depp could to­tally nail it. Trans­form­ers fran­chise scribe Ehren Kruger pens the screen­play.

Be un­kind, rewind!


Let’s add this one to the pile marked Pre­quels You Never Knew You Needed, right next to The Omen: Satan’s Feel­ing Frisky Tonight and The Texas Chain­saw Massacre: The Run­ning With

Scis­sors Years. Yes, the next in­stal­ment of Para­mount’s Ring fran­chise will loop back to events pre­ced­ing the 2002 Naomi Watts movie – it­self a re­make of Ja­pan’s 1998 hor­ror clas­sic Ringu – re­veal­ing ex­actly how that be­dev­illed VHS tape was cre­ated and delv­ing even fur­ther into the ori­gins of telly- crawl­ing spookette Sa­mara. Well, it was ei­ther go back in time to the video­cas­sette age or try and thrash out a story about a cursed Net­flix binge.

Be­fore The Fall’s F Javier

Gu­tier­rez di­rects from a screen­play by Akiva Golds­man, Ja­cob Aaron Estes and David Loucka. Cast­ing is now un­der­way.

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