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Cameron getting Blomkamp’s Alien 5 going!?

Rumors of its death may have been greatly exaggerated

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A couple of years ago, big-time sci-fi nut Neil Blomkamp let rip that he was trying to convince Fox to let him make a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Reagan-era masterpiece “Aliens”.

The plan, as the South African director told Twitter followers and the like, was to set the film directly after that film – and essentially forget what happened on the lice-infested planet after and, more importantly, to the poor sods in the sleeping capsules. He’d have Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn reprise their roles as Ripley and Hicks, respectively. Both actors were onboard with the idea.

The filmmaker, known for his cinéma vérité technique, had done quite a bit of prep work in the lead up to his meeting with the studio too – most notably, crafting some damn impressive storyboards.

Unfortunately, Fox didn’t want to do it – at the time, they were too concerned with supporting Ridley Scott’s vision for the “Alien” prequel series that began with “Prometheus”.

So like Cage Creed, the project was squished.

But like little Cage, that doesn’t mean things can’t unexpectedly return.

Seems Jim Cameron, who directed the film Blomkamp wanted to sequelize, is somewhat of a fan of Blomkamp’s idea (he hated the fact David Fincher’s “Alien 3″ killed off Hicks and Newt) and a quick vox-pop reveals he’s trying to make it happen.

At the ”Battle Angel Alita” red carpet, Cameron (who produced the former), was asked by IGN whether he might consider producing Blomkamp’s “Alien 5” idea now that he’s finished producing a new “Terminator” film (with Tim Miller at the helm) :

Okay, it’s not much, but fact that Cameron has some heavy sway with Fox (who he is making a dozen “Avatar” pictures with) and pretty much has a golden ticket as far as dream projects go, suggests we mightn’t have seen the last of the highly-anticipated “Aliens” sequel. Helps that there’s no movement on any new “Prometheus” sequels, too.

Cameron had said previously that he’d read Blomkamp’s script for the film and thought it worked “gangbusters. He shared it with me, and I think it’s a very strong script and he could go make it tomorrow. I don’t know anything about the production, and I don’t know what Ridley [Scott]’s doing. But hopefully there’ll be room for both of them. Like parallel universes.”

Concept sketches from Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming “Aliens” sequel

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Sonic going back to the workshop; moves to 2020

Paramount to spend more time perfecting the title character’s look

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Coming through on it’s promise to spend more time perfecting the title character’s look, Paramount has delayed the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie until 2020.

After the release of the recent trailer, fans of the SEGA-game freaked on Twitter over the blue animal’s human teeth, calling them “creepy” and “nightmarish.” The filmmakers went into immediate damage control, promising punters they’ll fix the look.

The pic, starring Jim Carrey, is now moving from its November 8 release to February 14, 2020 next year so the blue guy looks better for y’all.

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Rocky 7!?

Sylvester Stallone says he has a “great idea” for another “Rocky” film

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While we’ll unlikely see Creed belting his glove again, Sylvester Stallone says Rocky Balboa isn’t out.

The actor  made the revelation today at the Cannes film festival, where his long career and latest ‘Rambo’ film are under the Croisette’s spotlight.

While ‘Sly’ hints that his participation in the “Creed” franchise might be two and out, the 72-year-old says a seventh “Rocky” film could be on the cards.

“I have a great idea for Rocky. He finds this fella who’s in the country illegally and it becomes a whole thing. It would be really phenomenal, really different”.

“It’s like a magician,” he continued. “Once you’ve seen how he does the tricks you’re not impressed any more. It’s the same thing with Rocky. You’ve seen everything, so you’re like, ‘How can it be different?’ That would be different. When you take him and throw him out of the country and he’s in another world. It could work.” he said.

Stallone didn’t say whether it’d be Balboa, who we last saw in 2018’s “Creed II”, training the immigrant.

The actor had intended for 2006’s “Rocky Balboa” to be the character’s swansong but returned to the role when the idea for the “Creed” films were presented to him.

Stallone was at Cannes to attend a a 4K restoration screening of his groundbreaking actioner “First Blood” and promote its fourth sequel “Last Blood”, which sees the long-suffering vet going up against cartels in Mexico.

“He goes out there and bad things happen,” Stallone said. “There’s going to be some serious vengeance in this movie. A lot of people are going to get killed.”

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ICYMI : Christopher Nolan’s new film gets title, full cast

The time-traveling international spy movie stars Robert Pattinson, among others

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Warner Bros have announced the title and cast of Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated new film, due July 17, 2020.
“Tenet”, which has just gone before the cameras, is said to be an action epic that combines the always entertaining elements of international spy missions and time travel.  The man with the megaphone is keeping a tight lid on the plot.
The cast, which includes many Nolan-staples, is headed by John David Washington and also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
Nolan is shooting in the beautiful IMAX format with some 70mm thrown in for good measure.

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