As hard to fathom as it is, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Ridley Scott masterpiece Alien. A truly revolutionary picture, both in terms of horror and science fiction, Alien was groundbreaking in so many ways that it has spawned multiple sequels, merchandising, games, and has generally influenced pop culture in all facets since the late ’70s that truly cannot be measured to this day. While the last film entry in the franchise, 2017’s Alien: Covenant, was a pretty good movie there has been little movement on the sequel front since due to licensing and script delays. But 20th Century Fox knew that they had to capitalize on this important moment as best they could, and keep the hardcore fans satiated.
Have you ever wondered how you can both save a life and express your undying love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the same time? Well, the American Red Cross and 20th Century Fox have got you covered! Introducing Slay Day 2019, a nationwide blood drive tour that’s chock full of Buffy merchandise which kicks off right near the original location for Sunnydale High School!
The official banner for the event features Matt Taylor’s artwork from the new BOOM! Studios series, and an exclusive variant of BOOM! Studios’ sold out Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 will be available as a prize for brave donors. Other rewards include copies of Kiersten White’s novel, Slayer, and Funko Pop vinyl figures. read more
Fans of the Alien franchise can once again rejoice. According to the official Alien Twitter account (@AlienAnthology), a new game starring Amanda Ripley appears to be on the horizon for 2019 (in January, specifically. Of course, this could all be some sort of swerve as the details are presented in a very sketchy manner with only a closing tag line hinting at the format. Welcome to viral marketing in the new year.
The two videos (tweets can be seen below) appear to give a quick rundown of the ill-fated Nostromo and its violent disappearance but with a bit of a twist. The “hero” being referenced is Amanda Ripley, the daugher of the Alien films protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and also the star of the 2014 video game released by Sega, Alien: Isolation. While not necessarily a huge financial and critical success (or disaster), an Alien: Isolation sequel does seem to be the purpose of these teaser videos, though it’s not entirely clear. The videos end with the cryptic crawl “Read. Play. Watch.”, with the term “play” seemingly implying that a game is what will be announced. But then again, this theory is not spelled out explicitly so the anticipation is causing quite the uproar with Alien fans everywhere. read more
When I posted 20th Century Fox’s “final” trailer for The Predator last week, I wasn’t feeling very confident when I wrote that it would, “probably be our last look at The Predator before it hits theaters in two weeks.” I should have known that a film that’s been so overexposed before its release wouldn’t stop with a “final” clip! The new video, entitled “Hunting Each Other,” shows an average-sized Predator duke it out with a super-sized Predator in a “Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant” style wrestling match! read more
20th Century Fox just released what will probably be our last look at The Predator before it hits theaters in two weeks. Introducing “The Predator Final Trailer,” a dark and gritty new clip full of all sorts of spoileriffic moments and characters!
The new trailer shows off writer/director Shane Black’s new cast as a band of aggressive hunks with cavalier attitudes, similar to the bunch from the original 1987 movie. Many of its nighttime scenes highlight the oversized super Predator and we even get a look at a new breed of Predator hounds! You can watch the entire clip for yourself below: read more
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
Buffy’s back! 20th Century Fox Television are reportedly giving the iconic vampire slayer a brand new series, and they’re combining the talents of some of the folks who worked on the original 1997 series along with some promising newcomers to the franchise.
The Hollywood Reporter learned that Joss Whedon, the creator of the original movie and television series, will serve as executive producer on the new project and he is working with Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe) on the script. Whedon and Owusu-Breen previously worked together on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Owusu-Breen will serve as both writer and showrunner of the new Buffy series. Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui, who produced the original Buffy the Vampire Slayermovie, will return to the new series as executive producers. read more
While scheduled re-shoots of big-budget Hollywood films are nothing new, adding an entirely new character into the fold during them is. This is precisely what Twentieth Century Fox will be doing with the horror-themed comic book film The New Mutants, set for an additional round of photography this summer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in addition to new and revised scenes being shot a new character will be introduced into the mix as well. It’s a bold move for the much-anticipated film, which the studio hopes pays off at the box office. read more
While most people know R.L. Stine for his beloved Goosebumps series of books for children, Fear Street is where it all began in 1989! The literary franchise was aimed at older kids than the target audience of Goosebumps, and many of its memorable titles served as a gateway between the “kid’s stuff” and the more grown-up works of Stine’s contemporaries. This summer, Stine will be returning to Fear Street in the aptly-titled franchise, Return to Fear Street! The new series first hit store shelves in 2014 after a 15 year hiatus following the end of the original series. The next book will be called, You May Now Kill the Bride, and it will be available in bookstores on July 24th, 2018. read more
20th Century Fox have just unveiled a gripping new trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane, and it looks like a real treat fans of psychological thrillers! In the film, Claire Foy (The Crown, The Girl in the Spider’s Web) plays a character who is misled into being voluntarily committed to a mental institution after years of hiding from a viscous stalker who may or may not exist. You can watch the thrilling clip for yourself below:
Soderbergh, who will direct the movie, has tackled mental illness in his films before, most recently in 2013’s Side Effects. The script for Unsane was written by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer, who have previously collaborated on action comedies like The Spy Next Door and Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector… so this film is a dramatic departure from their earlier work. The movie will also star Juno Temple (Maleficent, The Dark Knight Rises) and Aimee Mullins (Stranger Things Season One). read more