Tuesday, April 17, 2012

UFO movie news round-up (18 April, 2012)

By Robbie Graham Silver Screen Saucers 


Voltage Pictures has secured the rights to a sci-fi project called Alter, ComingSoon.net reports. No director or stars are yet attached. The script has been written by newcomers John and Thomas Sonntag.

According to ComingSoon:

“The plot for the movie is said to deal with a crew of scientists monitoring a black hole. Their research takes a terrifying turn when they receive a transmission from what appears to be the near future, showing a deadly attack from an alien force and their own deaths at the hands of the extraterrestrials.”

Silver Screen Saucers will report more details on this movie as they emerge.

Guardians of the Galaxy

In an interview with Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige about Joss Whedon’s upcoming Avengers movie, CraveOnlinelearned that Marvel’s big screen adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy – which is currently in the early stages of development – will be about the modern version of the team, as opposed to the old version.

When asked to confirm that the movie would focus on the new team, Feige said: "Yeah. It's more Star-Lord and Drax and Gamora, and less Vance Astro and that team."

Originally created in 1969 and resurrected in 2008, Guardians of the Galaxy begins as a far-future story revolving around a group of alien beings – each the last of their kind – who eventually travel back in time to protect the earth from alien invasion.

Guardians of the Galaxy is unlikely to hit cinemas before 2014.

Avatar sequels delayed

Empirereports that James Cameron’s two Avatar sequels have been delayed. In a recent interview with the UK movie magazine, Avatar producer Jon Landau said of the first sequel: "We're not naming dates, but I think 2014 will be a tough date for us to make. It's about getting it right," pointing out that “movies make release dates; release dates don't make movies."

Based on Landau’s comments, Empire says “it’s safe to say that we won't be heading back to Pandora until 2015 at the earliest, with the third instalment likely in 2016 or 2017."


The Guardian’s Paul MacInnes was one of several European journalists invited to London's Leicester Square last week to watch approximately five minutes of new material from Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien prequel, Prometheus.

MacInnes notes that the footage included “what may be the entirety of the opening scene in which archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her lover and colleague Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) uncover a pictogram that Shaw sees as confirmation that aliens visited Earth in pre-history and invited humans back to theirs.”

“Next,” continues MacInnes, “we were whisked straight off into space and the exploratory vehicle Prometheus. We are introduced to the crew, from push-up loving suit Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) to disgruntled staffer Fifield (Sean Harris). There's an on-ship briefing, a bit of truculent banter and the judicious use of technology which, it's fair to say, is far more sophisticated than that in the Nostromo, despite it taking to the skies decades later (in Alien time). From there the descent begins to planet LV223 and, one suspects, the trouble starts.”

MacInnes goes on to say that he learned five distinct things about Prometheus. To find out what those things are, check out The Guardian’s article.

Last week, Empire’s Chris Hewitt hosted a Prometheus Q&A in London with Ridley Scott, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. You can read the Q&A (which includes minor spoilers) here.

Meanwhile, Twentieth Century Fox’s viral campaign for Prometheuscontinues to evolve with a new ad for "David," the latest generation android from the Weyland Corporation played by Michael Fassbender...

Will you be ordering a “David”?

Finally on the subject of Prometheus, have a ganders at these new pics from the movie, which come via ComingSoon.net...

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