18 April 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, CraveOnline learned 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

Empire reports 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 Prometheus continues 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...


  1. Oh man! the religious subliminal messages Scott is using are almost overwhelming.

    The first image with the semi-crucified human figure showing a gash below the chest, just the same place where Christ received his wound from Longinus' spear; the seraph-like portrayal of the Alien; and Charlize Theron seating on a place that could likely be mistaken for a modern Salomon's temple.

    Forget about Alex Jones. Just wait and see the uproar this movie is going to trigger from the religious institutions! ;)

    PS: There are also clear homages to Kubrick's 2001, and not just in the type of furniture and costumes, but also in choosing the name David for the android.

  2. Yes, the decor is very '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Very cool, but also not particularly in-keeping with the style (and seemingly inferior technology) Scott had on display in his fisrt 'Alien' movie - which is set AFTER the events of 'Prometheus'. Kinda like what Lucas did with his 'Star Wars' prequels, in which the technology seems far more advanced than in the orginal movies. I guess the production designers just can't help but indulge their techno-fetishes, which are now easier than ever to realise onscreen thanks to CGI. I'm not complaining, though. I'm loving the look of 'Prometheus.'

    Yes, Scott's obviously gone to town on his visual symbolism here, which has always been one of his strong points as a director. I feel he's unmatched as a visual stylist today in Hollywood, and few have ever rivalled him on that front.

  3. The world really doesn't need an Avatar II and James Cameron really doesn't need any more money. Even if it never happens, so what?

    1. I liked 'Avatar', but I agree, we don't really need another one (or two). To be fair to Cameron - the guy has been a billionaire for well over a decade. So I don't think money is among is strongest motivations for making movies nowadays. If it was, he'd be churning them out every year or so, rather than just two or three per decade.

    2. Cameron's commitment to the saga is not borne out of material gain, apparently, but because he thinks the environmental message of the movies could have a positive effect.

  4. The seeming dissonance between the 'more modern' past with the 'less-advanced' present could be explained through simple logic: the Nostromo in the original Alien movie was a 'grunt' vessel, piloted by a blue-collar crew who wouldn't have access to luxuries or all the latest technology.

    But I also think there's a message of 'devolution' in the story: the idea of a past Golden Age which is the very essence of the Ancient Alien narrative.

    1. Yes, that makes sense. Still, 'Alien' is set 37 years after 'Prometheus', so one would assume that even a grunt ship like the Nostromo would be as advanced if not more so than the ships in 'Prometheus'. But again, your 'devolution' theory would account for the difference in technology levels. Nice one.

  5. The future has really cool chairs. We are usually in good hands with Ridley Scott, so I good expections for this movie.

    1. I find Scott can be hit and miss. He's usually only as good as the scripts he's shooting (whereas some directors can make great films out of mediocre scripts, especially if they've written them themselves). But 'Prometheus' looks like it might be Scott at his best. Which isn't to say it will surpass 'Alien' or 'Blade Runner,' because it won't. Obviously.