“Fox and Ridley Scott are getting closer to returning to space as Jack Paglen (“Transcendence”) is in talks to write the follow-up to last year’s sci-fi blockbuster, “Prometheus.” (…) He is repped by ICM Partners and Madhouse Entertainment.“
Previous reports stated that Fox was having some trouble finding a way to continue the story of Elizabeth Shaw and were taking pitches from any writers. Thanks to Aspie for the news.
As most of you know we run a X-Box 360 game night for Aliens: Colonial Marines on Sundays at 8:00pm GMT. With the release of the latest map pack, the Movie Map Pack, earlier this week we’ve decided to host a night exclusively for the recent DLC releases. I’d really like to use all the map packs but for those of you who brought specific ones, please let me know and we’ll make sure to not exclude anyone!
For those interested please add my gamertag cplhicks2310 and let me know you’re interested in DLC night. Also send me a message stating with map packs you have. See you on the ready line, marines!
Aliens: Colonial Marines’ Movie Map Pack is available today on Steam, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for $9.99/£6.99/9,99€ (June 12th for PlayStation 3 players in Europe). As previously announced, this multiplater DLC includes 4 new maps set in locations from previous aliens movies; Alien, Aliens and Alien 3. You can check below for a collection of images showing the new maps. Additional images can be found here.
In April 2013 Dark Horse released their latest novella, Inhuman Condition, written by John Layman and drawn by Aliens veteran Sam Keith. I picked it up last month and have now uploaded my review:
“I hadn’t initially intended to pick this book up because I knew Sam Keith would be doing the artwork. I’ll put this straight out there – I don’t like his art. In my opinion his inclusion on Female War ruined that book and that is a consensus shared by the majority of the Aliens readership.”
A new DLC for Aliens: Colonial Marines, entitled “Movie Map Pack”, has been announced today. This multiplayer DLC includes two new Deathmatch/Extermination maps, one new Survivor map and a new Escape map. All these maps are based on locations from Alien, Aliens, and Alien 3.
“The two new Team Deathmatch and Extermination maps feature locations from Aliens & Alien 3 – ‘Fury 161’ takes place in the run-down prison facility as seen in Alien 3, while ‘Processor’ puts you in the heart of the Alien hive from the Atmospheric plant in Aliens.
The new Survivor map, ‘Nostromo’, features marines defending themselves against Xenos inside the iconic spaceship from Alien.
The new Escape map, ‘Exodus’, is situated on the doomed Sulaco. Marines awaken from cryo-sleep and must navigate their way to escape pods whilst under Xeno attack.”
The Movie Map Pack will be available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 from June 11th (June 12th for PlayStation 3 players in Europe). Thanks to Predarker for the news.
January 2014 looks to see the release of a new Alien novel written by Tim Lebbon, titled Out of the Shadows. Unlike the previous series of Alien novels (2005-2008), this novel will not be published by Dark Horse Press but Titan:
“The massively acclaimed Alien franchise is one of the most successful of all time, beginning with the first film in 1979. In a dramatic twist, this novel will return us to that time, to Ellen Ripley, and to never-before-revealed secrets of the Weyland-Yutani Corporations … secrets that lead into the events of the second film, Aliens… and beyond!”
Amazon UK has the release date as December 2013 and the retailers that have the book for pre-order at calling this #1, indicating the start of a new series. Thanks to Darwinsgirl for the news.
The various pre-order incentives offered for Aliens: Colonial Marines are now available to purchase on PSN, XBLM and Steam. These DLC packs include the four movie characters skins, Ripley’s Flamethrower, the US Colonial Marines Academy firing range and more. You can check them below:
According to Prometheus Movie News, they’ve received an anonymous tip that English actor Rik Barnett could be in line for a role in a sequel to Prometheus. He has reportedly met with Ridley Scott several times to discuss his role.
According to the source, Ridley Scott, who is still set to direct Prometheus 2 has apparently met many times with an English actor named Rik Barnett for an undisclosed role in Prometheus 2. The source adds that Rik’s potential role could be connected to Noomi Rapace’s character (Elizabeth Shaw).
Our source adds that until the script is finalized, anything is possible and nothing is final, but they do hint at the strong possibility that Rik Barnett will have some kind of role in Prometheus 2. The fact that Ridley is reportedly personally meeting with this actor on multiple occasions, suggests that his role will not be a minor one and with the hint that his role could relate to Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw adds further speculation!
But who is Rik Barnett? Well, He is an English actor who won best supporting actor award from Ibiza International Film Festival in 2010, for his work in Rebels Without a Clue. You can learn more about him on his website as well as a history of his works, by visiting his IMDB page.
Take this news as a rumour for now as we’ve heard hardly anything about a potential sequel to Prometheus or whether Ridley Scott would be involved again. Thanks to Chris P and RoaryUK for the news.
You may remember that I posted other panel videos from the fantastic Alien Encounters – 25 Years of Aliens convention, the event organizers have now uploaded the video of their cast panel. The cast that attended the event were Daniel Kash, Cynthia Scott, Ricco Ross and Trevor Steedman. Check out the video of their panel below and be sure to comment on the video!
Actor Michael Biehn has recently commented on Aliens: Colonial Marines in an audio interview with Xbox Live’s Major Nelson about his involvement in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The Aliens actor, who reprised his role of Corporal Dwayne Hicks for the poorly received Aliens videogame, explained:
“I did an Aliens game last year that nobody really talked about very much, I never really heard too much about it.“
“I heard when it came out. Nobody ever came up to me afterwards and said ‘Oh, that Aliens game was really good’, or whatever.“
When asked if he would like to work on more videogames, he replied:
“I don’t want to spread myself out to other games that don’t have the passion… You know, like the Aliens game.”
You can listen to the full podcast here (35:12 – 1:02:46).
Additionally, Dark Star’s John Carpenter, has also commented on the game for Game Informer:
“It’s all about money. It’s not that something is being mistreated, it’s just another marketing issue. They are trying to get you to buy the game, which I stupidly did.”