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20th Century Fox Selects Six Filmmakers to Create Short Films Set Inside the ‘Alien’ Universe

This past June, 20th Century Fox partnered with Tongal (a crowdsourcing platform for video content) with the intention of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original Alien film by  “… tapping six visionary filmmakers in the Tongal Community to produce their own original short videos set in the aftermath of the original film.”  And according to the official Alien twitter page, the finalists have been selected.

From over 550 entries and 18 incredible finalists, we’re excited to announce six talented @tongal filmmakers have been selected to create short films set in the #ALIEN universe! Stay tuned… ? pic.twitter.com/swQK6MzsZp read more

History’s ‘Project Blue Book’ Trailer Adds Some Frights to Alien Investigations

The first trailer for the History Channel’s new series Project Blue Book may be “…based on the true, top-secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969”, but it also looks to contain some frightening scenes, more in the vein of the The X-Files than Ancient Aliens.

According to the official press release, the scripted drama will star Game of Thrones Aidan Gillen as the real-life “Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant yet underappreciated college professor, (who) is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation called Project Blue Book.” read more

William Gibson’s ‘Alien 3’ Script to be Adapted by Dark Horse Comics in November

Fans of Ridley Scott’s original Alien film and James Cameron’s Aliens eagerly awaited the release of the third film in the series in 1992, helmed by first time director Davis Fincher.  Although Fincher would later be forgiven many times over (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac) most of those fans walked out of the theater on May 22 of that year disappointed and confused.

What fans did not know at the time that Alien 3 was released was that a script by sci-fi legend William Gibson (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive) had been scraped at the eleventh hour, resulting in a rushed production that took the film in a very different direction. read more

Desilu Studios Announces ‘V The Movie’ – First in a Cinematic Trilogy

Desilu Studios, Inc has just announced that they will be teaming up with writer and director Kenneth Johnson to bring the beloved classic V to the big screen. Johnson, many will remember, is the creator of the 80s cult classic show.

“We are delighted to team up with Desilu to bring the timeless — and timely — story of resistance against tyranny into the 21st Century,” Johnson said. “V will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned.” read more

Guillermo del Toro Says He Once Saw a ‘Horribly Designed’ UFO in Guadalajara

This Christmas, writer/director Guillermo del Toro reminds us that it may not just be Santa flying up there in the winter skies! While promoting his excellent new film, The Shape of Water, del Toro revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that his experiences with creepy crawlies aren’t contained to his work on famous horror and science fiction movies.

When he was a younger man, del Toro says that he and a friend of his encountered a real-life UFO. Unfortunately, the spacecraft wasn’t as impressive as the mechs of Pacific Rim. Here’s how Guillermo tells it: read more

David Liebe Hart ‘Space Ranger’ Tour: The Horror News Network Interview

David Liebe Hart first rose to a special kind of fame throughout his beloved appearances on Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule. Whether it be his unique puppetry, his interesting musical performances, or his vivid storytelling, fans of his various appearances always have a specific segment or two they can point to and exclaim their love. Hart can most recently be seen on Awesome Show‘s 10 year anniversary special, and he has taken to the road for an all-new tour in support of his new Space Ranger album. HNN staff member Nick Banks and I sat down with David during the New Haven stop of his tour to conduct an interview on his recent works and to delve deeper into the supernatural topics we first discussed with him last December (You can check that out by clicking this link). What began as a simple interview quickly turned into a trek across New Haven in search of train tracks, churches and tacos. What follows is my account of that odyssey. read more

Ridley Scott Confirms Over 20 Minutes Cut from Alien: Covenant

In a recent interview with Collider, Ridley Scott revealed that he cut just about 20 minutes from his latest film Alien: Covenant.

Scott cut the 20 minutes based on test screenings and in an effort to bring the film in at just over the two hour mark.  Scott actually appeared happy with the feedback from the test screenings and there were no signs that the director was told to trim the film by his producers (no Blade Runner-style creative showdowns it would seem). Scott asserted that sometimes a director “…thinks you know everything, but you don’t”. read more

New Clip Unveiled for UFO Documentary, Unacknowledged

IMDb took to Twitter today to share a clip from the upcoming UFO documentary entitled Unacknowledged. Opening with the teaser line, “Roswell was not the beginning,” the clip gives viewers a brief look at what the film will be about. You can watch the entire clip below:

Unacknowledged is narrated by Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame. The tagline for the film is “We’re not alone. We never were.” The film premiered in Los Angeles on April 24th, and it will be available to stream on digital formats starting May 9th, 2017. read more

Rest in Peace: Aliens Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Bill Paxton, the prolific and versatile actor of Aliens, Titanic, Tombstone, Twister, Predator 2, The Terminator, True Lies, and many other projects, has passed away due to complications related to a recent surgical procedure.

Born on May 17th, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas, Bill Paxton rose to Hollywood stardom in the mid eighties after small roles in films like Stripes. He has the distinct credit of being the only actor to be killed by both a Predator and an Alien from the two hit Fox franchises. Paxton’s Private Hudson in Aliens is known to have some of the most quotable lines in all of the franchise, including the classic, “Game over, man. Game over!” read more

Goodman Signs On To Alien Film Captive State

Fresh off of his remarkable performance in 10 Cloverfield Lane, John Goodman now has his sights set on extraterrestrials.  According to the folks over at Collider, director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, TV’s The Exorcist) will helm a new sci-fi thriller called Captive State, starring Hollywood vet Goodman and set in inner-city Chicago.  But if you’re expecting a big-budget alien invasion flick, you won’t find it here…..in Captive State, the visitors are already here and have occupied the city for a decade. read more