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Watch: First trailer for ‘Tomorrowland’ with George Clooney drops

- October 9th, 2014

Disney has just dropped the first teaser trailer for next summer’s Tomorrowland. The highly-secretive film pairs George Clooney with director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in a story from Damon Lindelof (LOST).

In the spot we see Britt Robertson being released from a detention centre. As she’s handed back her belongings, she is given a pin with the letter ‘T’ on it. It’s not hers she says, but when she touches it she’s immediately transported to a field that’s nestled beside a futuristic-looking city.

“What if there was a place?” George Clooney teases in a voiceover. “A secret place, where nothing was impossible. A miraculous place where you could actually change the world.”

The clip fades to black, and then we get a glimpse of Cloony’s Frank Walker. “You wanna go?” he asks. The title card comes up before a split second bit of action.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lindelof hinted that film’s sci-fi leanings. “What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle,” Lindelof tells the magazine. “Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel.”

Tomorrowland opens May 22, 2015.

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‘Prometheus 2′ moves forward with new writer

- June 18th, 2013

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If you were angry when screenwriter Damon Lindelof announced earlier this year he had no plans to write a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, breathe deep. Variety is reporting that 20th Century Fox and Scott Free are turning to Jack Paglen to write Prometheus 2.

Paglen recently wrote the upcoming sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister is shooting with Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Kate Mara.

Prometheus was originally written as a prequel to Alien with Jon Spaihts’ script (titled Alien: Engineers) containing facehuggers and ending less ambiguously (his original concludes on the same planet Ripley and her crew discover in Alien). When Lidelof was brought in, the direct references to Alien were altered, and the film was envisioned as the first part of a new trilogy.

But when Lindelof said he had no interest in writing Part Two (you can read his full excuse over at Slashfilm), Fox execs were “literally freaking out” over how they would continue the adventures of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender). Lindelof’s story left a lot of gaping holes, the biggest of which is what happens to Shaw and David.

Less certain is whether Scott will direct the sequel. He is in post-production on The Counselor with Brad Pitt, and is gearing up to shoot his Moses epic Exodus, which is booked for Dec. 12, 2014.

Although it was always assumed Lindelof would return for Prometheus 2, the writer is no stranger for frustrating fans with stories that leave people hanging (was anyone else bummed by Lost?). And in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he revealed he kinda likes it that way.

“… I do think there’s something exciting and challenging about a certain degree of ambiguity in filmmaking. And when you look at the other two science fiction movies that [Ridley Scott] made, the original Alien and Blade Runner, both of those movies are still being debated and speculated and theorized about all this time later. And [we looked at Prometheus as] an archeology dig where we’re basically going to turn up some artifacts and we’re going to put them on the table for everyone to look at. How these artifacts necessarily connect to each other and what the larger story behind them is going to be a matter of some discourse, and the characters in the movie will be having that discourse amongst themselves. But no one’s going to basically come out of the skies and tell them whether or not they’re right or wrong.”

So what do you think? Are you happy Prometheus 2 is on the way, or do you think they should just all move on? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Original ‘Prometheus’ script hits web

- November 13th, 2012

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By now, anyone who cared knows that the original version of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was first dreamt up by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour).

Written as a prequel to Scott’s landmark Alien, which spawned three sequels and two spin-offs, Spaihts’ original draft was reworked by Damon Lindelof (Lost). What had begun as a full-on prequel, was left merely containing some “DNA” of the earlier films.

Well, thanks to Wired, you can now read the original version of Spaihts’ screenplay way back when it was titled, Alien: Engineers.

In case you’re doubtful the script is legit, Spaihts confirmed it is the real deal on Twitter.

 

Some of the character names are different (Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw is named Jocelyn Watts and Logan Marshall-Green’s Charlie Holloway goes by Martin Holloway), but the biggest change is the appearance of the chestbursting facehugger itself.

Thanks to David (played in the film by Michael Fassbender), Holloway becomes infected by an alien, and during a particularly graphic sex scene the little guy rears his ugly head.

“He begins to convulse,” Spaihts’s script reads. “A horrible CRACK. In the middle of Halloway’s chest, beneath the sternum, a grotesque head pushes out through the skin… Blood fountains from the ruinous wound.”

Spaihts is OK with the script being freely available online. “The interest in the script speaks, more than anything, to their love of the film and the Alien universe,” he tells Wired.

*Note: Sorry folks, the script has been removed by 20th Century Fox*