Neill Blomkamp’s “Alien” Sequel Delayed

Chappie director Blomkamp’s Alien sequel has hit the brakes to give way to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel. Will he ever catch back up?

There was a period of a few months this year when we had two separate alien sequels on the horizon. The first was from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, and the second was from the xeno-daddy himself Ridley Scott. So we felt pretty damn good about ourselves. But in this town (or whatever town you’re currently in) there’s apparently only room for one Alien sequel. So who do you imagine will be taking the back seat on the franchise? You guessed it, Ridley Scott! No just joking it’s Blomkamp.

According to Slashfilm.com the news is that Blomkamp will be putting his dream project on the back burner while Scott‘s Alien: Paradise Lost gets given priority from Fox. The news was broken as it always is by an emotionally ambiguous tweet from Blomkamp:

As well as emotionally ambiguous, it’s also factually ambiguous. There’s no mention of Scott or Paradise Lost, or why the project has been delayed. It’s a reasonable guess that Fox don’t want to put too many eggs in a shared universe basket, given their recent eager beavery with the Amazing Spiderman franchise. So the odds are they want to see how people respond to Paradise Lost before they give a release date for Blomkamp‘s project.

There’s also a bit of a popularity contest to consider. Scott just made a killing with The Martian and is once again a very hot commodity after a string of divisive projects. Blomkamp on the other hand has seen a diminishing return post-District 9 with Elysium and Chappie. It’s also worth considering that Prometheus itself split Alien fans down the middle, so there may not be a strong enough foundation to support two simultaneous additions to the franchise.

Despite Blomkamp‘s recent project issues, fans of the director and the franchise alike are eager to see what he could bring to the table. Also, with the amount of hype following Blomkamp‘s release of his own Alien artwork, fans certainly want to see the ideas come to fruition.

Blomkamp's Alien Sequel Delayed
Blomkamp’s Alien Sequel Delayed

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Meet New Guardian of the Galaxy Pom Klementieff

Oldboy actor Pom Klementieff will head out into space in 2017 with the rest of the Guardians. But who exactly will she be playing?

James Gunn has a whole galaxy of characters to choose from in his upcoming sequel to the Marvel summer smash Guardians of the Galaxy. However, after mentioning he wanted to add two new faces to the Guardians roster, that’s since been dropped to one addition. So which character is going to join Starlord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax? We don’t know. But we now have a firm idea of the actor chosen to play them.

According to Screenrant.com, the news is that French Canadian actor Pom Klementieff will be joining the cast of Guardians Vol. 2. After doing on screen chemistry tests with the rest of the cast, Klementieff came out in top and will be the 6th member of the Galaxy-saving team unlikely heroes. Gunn had mentioned previously that he was keen to have two female team members for the second film, with Zoe Saldana‘s Gamora being the only woman on the team.

So who’s Pom Klementieff? You may not be familiar with a lot of her work, given that most of her projects have been French films. However, a few years ago she starred in Oldboy with Josh Brolin and got some decent panel exposure as a result. If you watched Oldboy, you’ll also know that Klementieff has a fair few martial arts scenes. Odds are that training will come in handy in the upcoming Marvel space-romp.

There’s nothing solid about which character Klementieff will be playing, there are suggestions that she could be playing a version of Moondragon, the daughter of Drax (Dave Bautista). The only support for this claim is that Vol. 2 will have a strong paternal theme, particularly for Chris Pratt’s character Peter Quill/Starlord.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be out May 5th 2017, so we’ve got a fair amount of time to find out more about Klementieff’s character and any other new additions to Gunn’s Galaxy.

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Who’s in the Full Cast List for “Zootopia”?

Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate and Bonnie Hunt are just a few of the actors in the cast list for Zootopia, Disney’s animal-only caper.

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“Jumanji” Reboot Gets “Zoo” Writers

Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkum swing into action to rewrite the jungle caper. But how will this Jumanji differ from the 1995 original?

Christmas time is something of a Holy Grail for family adventure movies. Night at the Museum has sat atop that mountain for a good few sequels now, but the now that snowy spot is vacant. There was word earlier in the year that a reboot of Jumanji was set to take over, aiming for a Christmas Day 2016 release with Stranger than Fiction writer Zack Helm writing a script. But since that little rumour nothing has emerged about the project – until now.

According to Screen Rant, the news is that the reboot of the 1995 Robin Williams classic has nabbed itself a couple of writers. The first is Scott Rosenberg, whose most recent writing credit is on the Syfy series Zoo. Also from the Zoo writing staff is Jeff Pinkum, who will be a consultant on the script.

Their plan is to re-adapt the original novel by Chris van Allsburg, instead of rebooting the first film. If this is the case, there will be a good few changes to the plot this time around. For one, the novel focuses exclusively on the children Peter and Judy, who play a boardgame that contains a dangerous jungle realm. In the 1995 film, Williams and Bonnie Hunt play adults who had some bad experiences with the game years before, but in the novel they dint exist. This would probably be a good move, since fans of the original would be averse to seeing the late Williams replaced.

Rosenberg will be doing a rewrite on the script originally written by Helm, with Pinker’s assistance. It’s quite possible that Helm’s draft was too jovial, given his previous work in projects like Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. Granted, Zoo isn’t the most serious show in the world, but it does try to put more emphasis of adventure and danger. So perhaps now we’ll be seeing a more savage take on the jungle adventure. The same could be said of Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book reboot, so that project could serve as a litmus test for how Jumanji will fare at the box office.

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