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H.R. Giger’s Unearthed Alien Concept Art Is As Haunting As It Was 35 Years Ago

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AlienOne of our all time favorite movies is celebrating a powerful milestone this year, as Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi/horror hybrid Alien turns 35-years-old. Watching the film today it is every bit as powerful as the first time you saw it, and it has aged better than perhaps any genre movie ever made. It’s still terrifying, still wildly original, and even though it’s been ripped off countless times, it’s still as fresh as it was three-and-a-half decades ago. A big part of that is the creature and set design from noted Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger, and a new collection of concept art from the film has found its way out of the shadows and onto the internet for you to check out.

These images will be featured on cards that come along with the new 35th anniversary Blu-ray box set from 20th Century Fox, but you can get a sneak peek at them thanks to Yahoo. These paintings are replicas of the original designs that Giger gave to Scott. You not only see the intricate designs that the artist came up with for the sets, and the horrifying creations that would go on to haunt so many of our nightmares over the years, but the twisted eroticism and sexuality that Giger’s work is notorious for is also prominently displayed in these works.

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Ridley Scott Talks Prometheus 2 And Blade Runner 2: Don’t Expect Xenomorphs

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RidleyRidley Scott is a busy man. His biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings opens this December, he’s getting ready to film The Martian—putting together one hell of a cast in the process—and the wheels are always turning when it comes to revisiting two of his bigger sci-fi films, Blade Runner and Prometheus. The director recently took a few minutes to address the status of both Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2, which is something we always appreciate.

Talking to Yahoo about Exodus, there was also a great deal of time dedicated to these two projects, and we have to admit, we’re way more interested in either one of these than seeing another Moses movie. According to the director, Prometheus 2 is well under way. He says, “Right now, as we speak, it’s being written. I’ve had 15 drafts evolving. I definitely want to do that again because I really enjoyed doing ‘Prometheus’.”

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Ridley Scott’s The Martian May Add Jessica Chastain And Kristen Wiig

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jessica chastain, kristen wiigFor fans of Andy Weir’s novel The Martian — which should really include all of you — the book’s trip from page to screen has been an exciting one. (It actually started out as a free read online, but that’s beside the point.) The project’s latest news sees A-list actresses Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) in talks to take over the female leads, joining Matt Damon in what is set to be Ridley Scott’s next film.

Negotiations between the actresses and Fox are still in the early stages, so it’s not quite time to thank our lucky red planets just yet. According to Deadline, Chastain looks like she’ll be more likely to sign on than Wiig, though there’s no explanations provided for this assertion. There’s also no specificity as to what roles each actress would be filling, though we can make predictions.

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Ridley Scott Updates Both Blade Runner 2 And Prometheus 2

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BladeRunnerRidley Scott has never been a filmmaker content to sit back and take a break. He’s always got at least a couple of big movies in the works, like the Moses epic Exodus: Gods and Kings with Christian Bale that opens in December, or Matt Damon-starring Mars adventure The Martian, slated for release on November 2015. But no matter what he’s actually working on, there’s always talk of revising some of his earlier films. Rumors about Blade Runner 2 and various jaunts into the Alien universe (lately in the form of Prometheus movies), in particular, just never quite go away. The director recently spoke on both counts.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Scott indicated that Blade Runner 2 may not be quite as far off as we all suspect. This is one of those movies that, despite constant chatter, I never actually anticipate getting made, but if Scott is being truthful, it might happen sooner than we all think (like maybe in my lifetime). He said, “It’s written and it’s damn good. Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years – despite the accident (referring to Ford’s Star Wars injury). So yes, that will happen.”

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Ridley Scott’s Next Film Is The Martian, But What About Prometheus 2?

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ridley scottMost 76-year-olds are enjoying retirements and grandchildren, but Ridley Scott is currently juggling a handful of highly intriguing projects, causing his fans to wish that he could make a replicant of himself to handle the work overflow. Luckily, screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg has some inside information about Scott’s next move, and he says the Oscar-nominated director is definitely next headed up into space with The Martian and star Matt Damon. Which means Prometheus 2 is either going to sit on Scott’s backburner for a little while longer, or it’ll go to someone else’s frontburner. More on that in a bit.

Speaking with Jeff Goldsmith on his podcast The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith (via IndieWire), Kinberg confirms that Scott will begin production on The Martian this fall. Now, Kinberg’s word isn’t as good as a studio press release or Scott himself coming out and saying it, but as the producer who got this adaptation rolling, he’s one of the few people who actually has some authority on the matter.

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Alien: 11 Things You Might Not Know About Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi Classic

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AlienThis weekend there wasn’t a whole lot of interest for science fiction fans in theaters, unless you’re in an area where you could track down a theater that was showing The Rover. Next weekend we’re getting Transformers: Age of Apocalypse and Snowpiercer (finally), but in the mean time we’ve decided to climb into the Wayback Machine and revisit one particularly awesome slice of the past: Ridley Scott’s Alien, which went into wide release on June 22, 1979. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a few interesting Alien facts you might not have known.

1) The xenomorphs owe their acid blood to conceptual artist Ron Cobb
Having worked with Dan O’Bannon and John Carpenter on the low-budget sci-fi comedy Dark Star, Ron Cobb reunited with O’Bannon on Alien, helping design the Nostromo’s interiors and exteriors, the crew’s spacesuits, and other human-related elements of the movie (along with Chris Foss and Jean “Moebius” Giraud). Cobb also came up with the idea that the xenomorph would have acid for blood, as a practical solution to the question of why the humans couldn’t just shoot the alien and be done with it.

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