A guy wakes up with no memory of who he is — or who the beautiful scientist outfitting him with a cyborg body is. She tells him his name is Henry and that she’s his wife. Then the bad guys break in and steal her.
Sounds like a video game, right? It’s actually the trippy trailer for a new live-action sci-fi movie called Hardcore Henry. The buzzy indie film was shot using a first-person perspective that puts you in Henry’s shoes — it’s like you’re trapped in a violent videogame, with a super-strong robot hand and other cyborg embellishments.
Citizen George is slated to be a full-length independent film about a director who creates a hugely popular space opera film trilogy (read, George Lucas and Star Wars), only to end up releasing disappointing film prequels 20 years later.
So far, so basic, right? The catch here is that you have to choose the type of movie this fan film will end up being. Want a dramatic story about a serious film auteur and the perils of fame and fortune, like Citizen Kane? Drop some cash into the Drama tip jar. Want a wacky, time-travel comedy like Austin Powers? Slide your money into the Comedy tip jar.
Despite attracting the absolute best talent, the Aliens franchise has been on a bit of a rough patch for the last, oh, 30 years or so.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus prequel? It sucked. Alien: Resurrection, a joint written by Joss Whedon and filmed by the director of City of Lost Children? It blew. Alien 3, directed by multiple Academy Award winner David Fincher? Well, I’ve personally always thought it got a bum rap, but the general consensus is: It’s terrible.
Now Neil Blomkamp, the talented South African director behind District 9 and the upcoming Chappie, has been hired to film the next Alien movie. And thanks to Blomkamp, we have a pretty good idea what the movie will be about.