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Alien: Paradise Lost Heads to Sydney by January 2016

In an interview with Aussie site News.com.au, Ridley Scott has given a few more details on where they will shoot Alien: Paradise Lost. It’s been rumoured for a while that the Prometheus sequel was going to be heading down under and this week, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed Scott had spoken to her. In a new interview today, Ridley Scott confirms he’s hoping to start production on Alien: Paradise Lost in Sydney’s Fox Studios by January 2016. He also mentions that he’s doing storyboards right now, particularly the “bridge of the next spaceship”.

“I’m trying to get into the big Sydney studio there for Prometheus 2… We’re doing that … well, I’m kicking off now actually. We’re literally starting prep now and we’ve got to land somewhere very shortly because my team have to get themselves over there and get all their team together. The pyramid of personnel on a film like this could be anywhere from 400 to 600 people, so you’ve got to get going — you’ve got to move.”

Holloway, Shaw & David Alien: Paradise Lost Heads to Sydney by January 2016

Holloway, Shaw & David

“As we speak I’m literally drawing: I’m doing storyboards for the film in January… I’m one of those people who can multitask — I’m drawing the bridge of the next spaceship… I do the sketches and then I bring in the chaps to make it. It almost becomes industrial design, which these things ought to be because you need that strong sense of reality (on set)… When you do these films that are so big, the manner of designing them is enormous.”

So it seems production will be moving away from Pinewood Studios for Prometheus to Sydney’s Fox Studios. Many high profile movies have been filmed there including the Matrix trilogy, Stars Wars Episodes 2/3 and most recently Mad Max: Fury Road.



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  1. Mr. Clemens
    I think the question now is whether australia will be used for externals as well as for its sound stages. Its easy to knee-jerk and assume this means a DESSERT-setting for the Engineer-world, aka "Paradise" but I provided a link above for some exotic locations around Australia... Some of which are quite opposite from what you may expect from a DESSERT-planet

    http://cdn.trendhunterstatic.com/thumbs/rice-krispies-dessert.jpeg
  2. CainsSon
    I think the question now is whether australia will be used for externals as well as for its sound stages. Its easy to knee-jerk and assume this means a DESSERT-setting for the Engineer-world, aka "Paradise" but I provided a link above for some exotic locations around Australia... Some of which are quite opposite from what you may expect from a DESSERT-planet
  3. The Eighth Passenger
    The rebates are just a tool for the Australian government to seal the deal. It may smear the final decision, for sure, and of course, rebates like this are available in the states as well, in places like Louisiana, right now, for instance. A film this size, he will get what he wants regardless of rebates. He wanted Britain, couldn't get it so he looked at Australia and they offered rebates to seal the deal, but if Australian couldn't give him what he wanted, those savings wouldn't do a damn thing. Any rebates on a film this size are just icing.

    Indeed, as I said in the beginning of this thread, Scott was obviously after studio space. Lots of it. He had a choice between Canada and Australia since Britain was out. He seemingly preferred Australia but Canada apparently offered better incentives and that's most likely why he was lobbying the Australian foreign minister who in turn took up the matter with the prime minister.

    Scott is a very busy man, he wouldn't have been wasting his time wining-and-dining foreign politicians if rebates were of no concern to the production or merely "icing".

  4. CainsSon
    I've always felt that Pinewood Studios is part of the "Alien" franchise DNA. Although now I'm remembering that the original Alien was shot at Shepperton Studios.

    I do believe Shepperton does belong to Pinewood anyway. But I do agree with you - I feel kinda sad about it because I'm a Brit and I like the Alien films (sans AvPs and AR, of course) being filmed over here.

    Apparently all the blighty studios were already fully booked. I suspect Star Wars Ep VIII and Star Wars: Rogue One were two of the prime culprits.

    Quote from: Yahoo News
    “Ridley Scott can’t find an appropriate film studio in Britain,” Ms Bishop told The West Australian .

    “They were all taken or busy, and he wants to film in Australia because of the facilities, the people and the resources we have.

    More here: https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/29749272/tax-carrot-for-alien-filmmaker/

    Yeah. It wont be about rebates. I'm a working Production Manager and Assistant Director. No one care about rebates on something that size.

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    Scott had also wanted to film the Matt Damon blockbuster The Martian in Australia but a disagreement with the Government scuttled those plans. The movie was shot in Hungary and Jordan, where Scott secured favourable tax treatment.

    Three types of refundable tax offsets worth up to 40 per cent of production costs, depending on the extent of Australian content, are available for filmmakers.
    The rebates are just a tool for the Australian government to seal the deal. It may smear the final decision, for sure, and of course, rebates like this are available in the states as well, in places like Louisiana, right now, for instance. A film this size, he will get what he wants regardless of rebates. He wanted Britain, couldn't get it so he looked at Australia and they offered rebates to seal the deal, but if Australian couldn't give him what he wanted, those savings wouldn't do a damn thing. Any rebates on a film this size are just icing.
  5. THE CITY HUNTER
    Another RUMOUR:

    https://twitter.com/FairfaxUlster/status/656952741110140928

    Asked him how he knew - "They had "Scott Free productions" shirts on and one had a specific "Prometheus crew" embroidered coat on."

    Yeah, that's still a bit iffy.

    Scott Free productions do a lot of film and television projects. Could be location scouting for any number of upcoming productions. The guy with the "Prometheus crew" jacket might have been involved with the first film but that doesn't necessarily mean he's also currently working on Paradise Lost.

    Meanwhile, USA Productions (An accurate and professionally researched resource  :laugh:) has yet again tweeted that Paradise Lost will be filming in Rome:
    https://twitter.com/Usa_Production/status/658054185427038208

    Maybe you could ask them if it will be filmed in the bookshop this time?  :P
    Yeah i forget about that first more then then Ireland what next syria?
  6. The Eighth Passenger
    Another RUMOUR:

    https://twitter.com/FairfaxUlster/status/656952741110140928

    Asked him how he knew - "They had "Scott Free productions" shirts on and one had a specific "Prometheus crew" embroidered coat on."

    Yeah, that's still a bit iffy.

    Scott Free productions do a lot of film and television projects. Could be location scouting for any number of upcoming productions. The guy with the "Prometheus crew" jacket might have been involved with the first film but that doesn't necessarily mean he's also currently working on Paradise Lost.

    Meanwhile, USA Productions (An accurate and professionally researched resource  :laugh:) has yet again tweeted that Paradise Lost will be filming in Rome:
    https://twitter.com/Usa_Production/status/658054185427038208

    Maybe you could ask them if it will be filmed in the bookshop this time?  :P
  7. The Eighth Passenger
    Minister Bishop, Minister Fifield... Australia's ministers are actually characters from Alien films...

     ;D Fifield must be a typo... surely?

    Well, I'll be....

    they actually do have a minister Fifield. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Fifield. Didn't imagine that he would have anything to contribute in the GIGANTIC DEAD BODY ARENA.

    And I thought the Corporal was just messing with us!  :P There must be some conspiracy afoot!
  8. ChanceVance
    Am pretty excited that they'll be filming here in Australia. I mean I'm signed up to an extras agency and if they need a whole bunch of extras for this film I will put my hand up to be killed by any Xeno/Deacon whatever they want to unleash upon people, just so I can be a tiny part of Alien history. Well it's a sequel to Prometheus but Scott did say he's looking to delve deeper into the Alien mythology with Prometheus 2 right?
  9. XENOMORPHOSIS
    Wonder how much will be on location shooting i.e Engineer homeworld Paradise. And much will be a production stage set of a spaceship. Makes you wonder what will the environment of paradise be like. Desolate like LV-223 or perhaps tropical. They'll probably digitally alter the location backgrounds in post production.
  10. Perfect-Organism
    There is a place called Roma in Australia just west of Brisbane.  Could it be?

    Bu if it is The Rome, then I suspect some sort of Jesus connection as has been speculated since Prometheus came out.  That would raise some eyebrows.  I hope he doesn't play the "Jesus was an alien" card explicitly.
  11. The Eighth Passenger
    And I see there has been quite a few films and television productions that was shot in Rome, Georgia including the recent Need for Speed.

    It could be either, though USA Production News seems to specialize in productions happening within the US border.
  12. HuDaFuK
    I do believe Shepperton does belong to Pinewood anyway.

    As of the turn of the millennium, yes, Pinewood bought it. Makes sense as it's just down the road.

    But I do agree with you - I feel kinda sad about it because I'm a Brit and I like the Alien films (sans AvPs and AR, of course) being filmed over here.

    Yeah, likewise. Although as Eighth Passenger said, Star Wars has probably got everything locked up at the moment.
  13. The Eighth Passenger
    I've always felt that Pinewood Studios is part of the "Alien" franchise DNA. Although now I'm remembering that the original Alien was shot at Shepperton Studios.

    I do believe Shepperton does belong to Pinewood anyway. But I do agree with you - I feel kinda sad about it because I'm a Brit and I like the Alien films (sans AvPs and AR, of course) being filmed over here.

    Apparently all the blighty studios were already fully booked. I suspect Star Wars Ep VIII and Star Wars: Rogue One were two of the prime culprits.

    Quote from: Yahoo News
    “Ridley Scott can’t find an appropriate film studio in Britain,” Ms Bishop told The West Australian .

    “They were all taken or busy, and he wants to film in Australia because of the facilities, the people and the resources we have.

    More here: https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/29749272/tax-carrot-for-alien-filmmaker/

    Yeah. It wont be about rebates. I'm a working Production Manager and Assistant Director. No one care about rebates on something that size.

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    Scott had also wanted to film the Matt Damon blockbuster The Martian in Australia but a disagreement with the Government scuttled those plans. The movie was shot in Hungary and Jordan, where Scott secured favourable tax treatment.

    Three types of refundable tax offsets worth up to 40 per cent of production costs, depending on the extent of Australian content, are available for filmmakers.

  14. XENOMORPHOSIS
    One things for sure, they'll have a big DVD box set for the four Alien films plus Neill's new threequel movie and the Prometheus prequel tie-ins all to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Alien in 2019.

    Oh yeah!  Just keep the AVP stuff out please!

    I'm sure there will be separate collectable DVD box sets, like there was for the Alien Predator Total Destruction DVD box set, then the Prometheus to Alien DVD box set. Fans can take their pick.

    Wonder when Shane Black's Predator 4 will go into production, its been a year since they announced he was penning the script, a year later producer John Davis has said he's only now close to finish writing. I assumed they intend to start filming during 2016 then go into post production for the later half of the year for editing, adding digital effects, adding music ect. Then the marketing and release set for the summer of 2017 commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the original Predator. Just an assumption.

    I'm worried if Fox would probably delay the film's progress so it wouldn't conflict with Prometheus 2 aka Alien: Paradise Lost or Neill Blomkamp's new Alien. Ridley Scott's film is said to be out by 2017, and Neill's should perhaps be 2018, thought unlikely what if we had a year where there was both an Alien film and a Predator film out in the same year? "Not counting AVP"
  15. XENOMORPHOSIS
    One things for sure, they'll have a big DVD box set for the four Alien films plus Neill's new threequel movie and the Prometheus prequel tie-ins all to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Alien in 2019.
  16. Danny Ocean
    "And we have Neill Blomkamp’s Alien, which will be out in 2017. We just have the first [screenplay] draft in so far but it looks pretty good."

    So my feelin was right about Alien 5 could be out in 2017.If A:Paradise Lost start shooting it may came out in November 2016 as fast Ridley works.The Martian started shooting around last november(my brother was an extra in a NASA press conference scene 8)) and they  relased earlier than expected so Alien 5 may relase in 2017 july or november but not in 2018 if Ridley knows the date is set i will be very happy to have both movie in two years.
    They have to hurry if there really will be a 3rd and 4th Prometheus continuation.

    "Yeah. It wont be about rebates. I'm a working Production Manager and Assistant Director. No one care about rebates on something that size. All films have to in some way deal with government to get concessions only the government can give. Even small films. For permits and the like. Also to alert local economies, get location agreements, permits to shoot in parks, tap into electricity, blow things up, utilize local law enforcement,... all those things."
    Yes but The Martian's lot of scene was shot in Budapest Raleigh Studios and a lot of big Hollywood film like The Spy,Hercules because the possibility of hight rebates and Ridley talked with the government commissioner for some reason,and Ridley held a master class for students and professionals where i cant attend because of the low capacity venue.

     ::)
  17. CainsSon
    That's nice but we were talking about why Ridley was lobbying the Australian government.

    He obviously wants special concessions that only the government can give. That could be incentives/rebates or a permit to shoot in an ecologically sensitive place. It's not the governments job to do location scouting for foreign film companies.

    Yeah. It wont be about rebates. I'm a working Production Manager and Assistant Director. No one care about rebates on something that size. All films have to in some way deal with government to get concessions only the government can give. Even small films. For permits and the like. Also to alert local economies, get location agreements, permits to shoot in parks, tap into electricity, blow things up, utilize local law enforcement,... all those things.
  18. Robot Sentry
    "Lost Heads" in the article title? David's head is misplaced on the stolen Engineer Juggernaut and the entire film is Shaw in zero gravity searching the cavernous ship for the android's noggin.
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