Some big news hit the scene this past week for science fiction film enthusiasts. Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off was given a title, Sharlto Copley revealed he has not yet been cast in Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5, with Sigourney Weaver revealing they've "found the host for the film". We learned that game developer Creative Assembly may be currently developing a sequel to last year's Alien: Isolation game, Dark Horse Comics are also looking to release sequels to their popular Alien, Predator, AvP and Prometheus Fire and Stone comic series. A selection of new Jurassic World movie stills were also released along with a look at the film's "Raptor Squad". Halo: Nightfall releases next week, NECA reveal new photos of their collectible Godzilla 'Videogame Appearace' figure and a batch of truly epic Mad Max Fury Road promotional images also surfaced online! Read on for a full run-down of everything you may have missed this week!
Starting our list off we have the exciting reveal of Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off title! The first of three spin-off titles set in the Star Wars cinematic universe will be titled Rogue One and will hit theaters December 16, 2016! Edwards' Rogue One will star Felicity Jones and will act as a stand-alone film. Currently, plot details are unknown. Following Rogue One, Star Wars: Episode VIII will hit theaters the following year, releasing May 26th, 2017.
Next up we learned that game developer, Creative Assmebly are currently hiring for a multiplayer programmer for a new AAA title, insinuating a sequel to last year's incredibly well-received Alien: Isolation - arguably one of the best Alien games to be released - ever. The exciting news hints that the sequel will in fact support multiplayer functionality! Whether the sequel will follow-suit and remain a survival horror genre title or if it will take after James Cameron's Aliens and set to give us a real taste of what Colonial Marines filed to deliver - has yet to be revealed. Regardless, we're pumped to see what Creative Assembly comes up with next for the franchise.
While on the topic of Aliens, we also learned that Chappie star Sharlto Copley has indeed spoken to Neill Blomkamp about his upcoming Alien 5 project, however revealed that he has yet to be given a role in the film. On the other end of the spectrum, during yet another promotional outing for Chappie, Sigourney Weaver and director Neill Blomkamp mentioned once again that the new Alien movie is happening, and Weaver also dropped an interesting hint about the film's progress so far, saying “We’ve found the host and it’s been embedded…it’s gestated.” What exactly this means is unclear. Did they settle on a new host for the Xenomorph? Or was this just a vague way to say that Fox and Blomkamphave agreed on a solid story? We expect more to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Following on from that update, Dark Horse Comics' Randy Stradely also mentioned via Twitter this week that due to the recent announcement of Alien 5, that the comic giant are developing a series of sequels to their Aliens, Predator, Prometheus and Aliens vs. Predator Fire and Stone comic series!
Mad Max: Fury Road saw the release of some epic promotional material as well this week! Total Film featured a massive segment to the upcoming blockbuster and revealed a few new HD promotional movie stills. We encourage you to check them all out here!
Fans of the Halo universe will be pleased to know that Halo: Nightfall will be releasing on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download next week! Packing over 35minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and other sweet features, you can read all about the special features, price listings and watch the promotional trailer for Halo: Nightfall here!
Jurassic World also saw the release of some new promotional material as well. A new still featuring Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins was released as well as a new photo showing off Chris Pratt's "Raptor Squad" from the film. In addition to the new photos, a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World LEGO videogame was also released, which can be viewed here!
Godzilla fans and toy collectors alike will be pleased to learn more about NECA's new 'Video Game Appearance' Godzilla figure. You can read all about this new figure and view HD photos of the figure from various angles here as well!
Finally, on the topic of monsters, we also learned earlier today that filming for Legendary Pictures' and Universal's Kong: Skull Island will begin this May on Kauai, Hawaii and will be filming under the banner of "Titan". For more info on Kong: Skull Island, you'll want to give this article a quick read through.
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