Saying goodbye to Leonard Nimoy, plus two big pieces of sequel news.
Leonard Nimoy passes away
There’s been a huge outpouring of emotion at the news that Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83.
Though he’s played many roles and directed many different things, obviously a lot of people know him best for his portrayal of Mr Spock in the Star Trek series and films – including me.
I can’t begin to imagine where I’d be today without having loved Trek so much as a kid – and nor do I want to. Spock was cool, logical and calculating in a big old universe full of emotions, and his detached approach will no doubt have influenced many a curious mind like mine.
It’s very sad to hear this news today.
Alien 5 may discard previous films
It started as a bunch of concept art on what was thought to be an abandoned project, but when the designs for a potential Alien 5 surfaced, the internets went crazy and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp had to eventually confirm that it was actually back on.
But with the presence of Michael Biehn’s Corporal Hicks appearing very much alive and well in the concept art, and the fate that his character met very, very early on in Alien 3, could the new Fox effort actually force the latter two Alien films out of canon?
He told AlloCine that this won’t be the case; only that “I want to make a film that’s connected to Alien and Aliens. That’s my goal”.
Although later viewings confirmed that it did not hold up, as a youngster who was far too young to watch it, I rather enjoyed Alien 3…well, except for that ending obviously…and that’s actually the latest Alien film I’ve seen. (Yes, that includes the extremely needless prequel that was Prometheus).
But yeah, I think I might give this one a go.
Blade Runner 2 confirmed
And in another piece of news regarding Harrison Ford’s shrinking bank account, he’ll be back to complete his trilogy of franchise characters by returning to the world of replicants in Blade Runner 2, which is set to start shooting next summer.
Although he’s helped come up with the story for the sequel, Ridley Scott will not be directing – instead Denis Villeneuve will be handling that side of things.
According to BBC News, the story will take place decades after the events in the original film.
With all this, and an R-rated Power Rangers ‘deboot’ that’s actually surprisingly good considering the low budget (and Dawson’s in it), it’s been a pretty big week for geek culture, has it not?
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