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‘Avatar 2’ to Begin Shooting This Fall, Says Sigourney Weaver

Production on the Avatar sequel is set to begin in the fall, according to Sigourney Weaver.

We’re starting!” the actress excitedly told The Hollywood Reporter at a screening of The Assignment, held Monday night at New York City’s Whitby Hotel. “We’re starting training, and we’re starting — hmm, I probably can’t say anything. We will be actually shooting it by the fall.

James Cameron has previously noted that the scripts of all four Avatar films are completed, and stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are also set to return alongside Weaver. But fans were disappointed to hear that the second film would not be ready for a 2018 release date. Though the sequel to the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster, which grossed $2.7 billion at the global box office, had not officially been dated, it was expected for Christmas 2018.

Yet Weaver reassures that audiences’ patience will be rewarded in time.

I’m telling you, these scripts are so amazing, I’m not worried about [disappointing fans] at all,” she told THR. “Am I worried about how we’re going to bring them to life? Yes, because they’re so ambitious. They’re so worth it. They’re well worth waiting for. I’m not worried about that at all. We’re trying to get it done as quickly as possible.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

Ridley Scott Says the Next ‘Alien’ Movie Is Already Written

Ridley Scott likes to move fast. Which, for his age and for the kinds of movies he makes, is kind of incredible. At 79 the guy is churning out almost a movie a year, but these aren’t Woody Allen comedies or Clint Eastwood dramas—they’re big, brash blockbusters like Prometheus and Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Martian. He most recently completed the Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant, and while Scott has talked in the past about continuing on with the franchise, he’s now saying the sequel to Covenant is already written and ready to go.

Buried in the bottom of a set visit report from the Sydney Morning Herald (via AVP Galaxy) is the news that Scott is ready to get moving on an Alien: Covenant sequel:

While working on Alien: Covenant, he had the next installment written so he is ready to keep advancing the saga.
“You’ve got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you’d better be ready,” he says. “You don’t want a two-year gap. So I’ll be ready to go again next year.”

It’s unclear when this interview was conducted (our set visit took place in 2016), so by “next year” he could mean 2017—meaning production could begin later this year.

Back in 2015, Scott said there would be two more Alien movies after Alien: Covenant, saying they would be “origin stories” that would answer “very basic questions” that were posed in Alien regarding who might have made it and where it came from. But before Prometheus was released, Scott was talking up sequels that would venture further away from the Alien franchise, focusing on Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender’s characters as they set off to find the home world of the Engineers. It doesn’t look like that’s the case in Covenant, which is yet another riff on a human crew encountering the alien threat, so it’s possible those plans have changed.

What Scott does seem to be consistent about over the past couple years is saying he intends for these movies to wrap around and connect back to the original Alien, leading right up to the events of Ripley and the original crew. When exactly that happens, what Covenant has to do with it, and even who wrote this Covenant sequel are still unanswered questions, but Scott seems to be in this thing for the long haul after taking a lengthy break from the sci-fi genre following Blade Runner.

What this also means is that Neill Blomkamp’s own Alien sequel is probably dead, or at the very least in a state of cryofreeze. The District 9 filmmaker shared some fan art of his online ahead of the release of Chappie and subsequently made a deal with Fox to actually turn his idea into reality—a film that would pick up after the events of Aliens and bring Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn back into the franchise. At that time Scott was busy with The Martian and it was unclear if/when Prometheus 2 would happen, but Blomkamp’s movie lit a fire under Scott, who subsequently forged ahead with Alien: Covenant and ensured that his movie would be made before Blomkamp’s. We’ve since heard nothing official about Blomkamp’s Alien sequel, and with Scott already gearing up to make the next Alien movie, we may not for quite some time.

Source: collider.com

Sigourney Weaver to Host Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has announced that two-time Golden Globe winner and Oscar and Tony nominee Sigourney Weaver will host its upcoming Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists presentation on March 1. The evening will honor winners from across the performing arts, including filmmakers, musicians, and theatre artists.

Weaver joins Katherine Brown, Danny Burstein, Laura Osnes, and Desmond Richardson, who will perform at the ceremony. The awards night will be held at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

The 2017 winners are Calidore String Quartet (Chamber Music Society); filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa (Film Society of Lincoln Center); soprano Kiera Duffy (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts); dancer Joseph Gordon (New York City Ballet); violinist and concertmaster Frank Huang (New York Philharmonic); violinist Paul Huang (The Juilliard School); playwright Michael R. Jackson (Lincoln Center Theater); saxophonist Julian Lee (Jazz at Lincoln Center); singer-songwriter-actress Grace McLean (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts); baritone Yunpeng Wang (The Metropolitan Opera); director, producer, and performer Ben West (The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts); and dancer Andres Zuniga (School of American Ballet).

The awardees we honor this year follow in the steps of former honorees, such as the great cellist Alisa Weilerstein, renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, and Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras. The members of this class have already contributed great works of music, theater, dance, and film to the Lincoln Center campus and beyond, and we are delighted to help them pursue new projects that will undoubtedly challenge, stimulate, and inspire us,” commented William H. Donaldson, co-chair of the Emeritus Board of Lincoln Center, in a press statement.

Source: playbill.com

Dian Fossey story in production for National Geographic, Sigourney Weaver to narrate

The work of legendary gorilla scientist Dian Fossey will be brought back to life in a new three-part documentary series for National Geographic television, now in production. Scheduled to air this fall, the series will feature narration by actress Sigourney Weaver, who played Dian Fossey in the 1988 movie “Gorillas in the Mist,” based on Fossey’s book.
I had the amazing experience of portraying Dian Fossey in ‘Gorillas in the Mist,’ spending months with the majestic mountain gorillas,” says Weaver, who also serves as the honorary chair of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

In the 50 years since Dian founded the Karisoke Research Center, scientists have safeguarded the gorillas and increased awareness about conservation all around the world. I am honored to be working with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and National Geographic on what promises to be a remarkable documentary of Dian’s courageous life and legacy.
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund President and CEO/Chief Scientist, Dr. Tara Stoinski, says there couldn’t be a better time to re-tell the story of Fossey’s work, which has since been greatly expanded and has helped the critically endangered mountain gorilla population to grow and stabilize.
The Fossey Fund has not only carried on the important gorilla protection and scientific research that Fossey started, but has expanded it to include helping local communities, building the next generation of conservationists in Africa, and helping other gorilla species in danger of extinction,” says Dr. Stoinski.
The National Geographic special will be a definitive biography of Fossey’s work, life, death and legacy, and will include never-before-seen footage from both National Geographic and Fossey Fund archives, a fitting endeavor for this 50th anniversary of her work,” adds Dr. Stoinski
In addition, the series, titled “Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist,” will include footage shot recently of the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and with Fossey Fund field staff. Tigress Productions, the company producing the series, is filming an historic group of gorillas who were among the first studied by Dian Fossey. Originally named Group 5, the group split in 1995, with one of the offshoots being the modern day Pablo’s group. Pablo’s group’s most famous member is elderly silverback Cantsbee – the last of the silverbacks first seen and named by Dian Fossey and then monitored throughout his 38 years. Amazingly, Cantsbee suddenly reappeared on Jan. 4, after being missing for months and presumed dead, adding yet another chapter to the amazing story of these gorillas and Fossey’s legacy.
Tigress Productions also produced the 2007 documentary on silverback Titus, which aired on PBS “Nature” in 2008.
“Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist” is also being produced in partnership with Academy-Award-winning executive producer James Marsh. It will air globally in 171 countries and in 45 languages this fall.

Source: gorillafund.org

 

Sigourney Weaver: Next ‘Avatar’ Scripts Are ‘Many Times More Amazing’ Than First One

What with the “Avatar” sequels and a villainous gig in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series “The Defenders,” Sigourney Weaver has a lot on her plate. Her latest movie, “A Monster Calls,” co-stars Liam Neeson as a monster whose visits help a boy confront an impending loss. It The film hits U.S. theaters in January.

“A Monster Calls” seems like a very different kind of movie from blockbuster fare like “Avatar” and “Alien.”
I was looking ahead at the four “Avatar” sequels looming over me, and the idea of doing a small, intimate picture that was all about relationships was very appealing. We actually got to rehearse; we even had a read-through! To be able to hear Liam play the monster, and to have us all tell the whole story together in the same room — people don’t realize how incredibly helpful that is. You carry that with you for the whole shoot.

Your character is British. Did the accent come easily to you?
My mother was English, so I had that advantage. But I did work on the accent, because my mother went to [the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art], and she had this very beautiful, cultured English accent. I wanted to play someone who was not posh.

James Cameron has described the “Avatar” movies as a family saga. How are they shaping up?
In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.

What’s the status of the “Alien” sequel?
I hope that Neill Blomkamp and I will eventually get back to it. He’s written such a wonderful script. I look forward to finishing Ripley’s story.

What about “Defenders”?
I can’t say much, because they might kill me. I think everyone I work for might kill me if I tell you anything. But I have the most delicious character. She’s really smart, and she’s very in charge.

Source: variety.com

Sigourney Weaver Still Has Hope for Neill Blomkamp’s Alien Sequel

Yes, Alien: Covenant has us much excited, but so does the prospect of finally giving the character of Ripley the send-off that she deserves. That’s what director Neill Blomkamp has in mind for his direct sequel to Aliens, which has been put on indefinite hold until Ridley Scott finishes his Prometheus trilogy.

Star Sigourney Weaver still has high hopes for Blomkamp’s take, and she took to Variety to give fans the latest.

I hope that Neill Blomkamp and I will eventually get back to it. He’s written such a wonderful script. I look forward to finishing Ripley’s story.

Not much is known about Blomkamp’s film other than Weaver would be returning along with Michael Biehn to reprise their roles as Ellen Ripley and Corporal Dwayne Hicks.

Stay tuned and keep the faith.

Source: dreadcentral.com

Sigourney Added As ‘The Defenders’ Villain As Whole Cast On-Stage At NY Comic-Con

Sigourney Weaver hit the stage of New York Comic Con today to huge applause to be revealed as playing the villain on the upcoming The Defenders on Netflix. The Oscar nominee was joined by the actual Defenders themselves Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist at the end of the Main Stage panel for the latter March 17, 2017 debuting series.

No details of Weaver’s character nor a premiere date for The Defenders was announced but the NYC-based series is about to start filming in the next few weeks now that Iron First‘s first season wrapped this morning. Weaver’s appearance came at the end of the Iron Fist panel at NYCC that also saw some Punisher news dropped too with Daredevil alum Deborah Ann Woll joining vigilante Frank Castle in the spinoff.

Marvel is honored to have an actress of her caliber and status join what is already our biggest show ever!,”said Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb on Saturday. “She is by definition a class act.

The Weaver announcement also saw Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Finn Jones (Iron Fist) together for the first time in public.

The quartet met up digitally earlier this week when Ritter crashed a Facebook Live session that her Jessica Jones Season 1 co-star was doing to promote the September 30 debuting Luke Cage. Cox and Jones, who Colter had never met at all before, also dropped in on the online chat to the great delight of fans watching.

While Daredevil has been renewed for a third season and Jessica Jones for a Season 2, neither have been given premiere dates yet. Luke Cage looks certain to get another season, especially after seemingly crashing the streaming service for a bit the day after its 13-episode first run launched – but nothing official has been said yet. As for Iron Fist, its first season begins next spring on Netflix.

New York Comic-Con continues until tomorrow but Sunday panels are going to have a hard time beating the effort of Marvel and Netflix tonight.

Source: deadline.com

Donostia Award Gala

Hello everyone. Sigourney attends Donostia Award Gala and receives  that award at the 64th San Sebastian Film Festival. Congratulations!!

   

Sigourney Weaver Offers Another ‘Avatar’ Sequels Update

You’re not alone: Sigourney Weaver is also getting antsy for the Avatar sequels. Lucky for her, she gets first-hand updates about the increasingly epic plans to follow — and maybe even top — the record-smashing blockbuster.

I just saw James Cameron because there’s a Cirque du Soleil which is called Toruk about Pandora, and it was very interesting,” Weaver told Inverse at Toronto International Film Festival, where she was supporting her new film, A Monster Calls. “I’ve read three of three four [planned sequels], and they’re so brilliant. As much as we loved the first one, the others are so mind-boggling.

As Cameron has said before, the films will focus on “Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and their children,” though it seems that Weaver will play a large part in the films, too. What that means remains to be seen — her character didn’t make it through the original — but either way, Weaver is champing at the bit to get going.

I’m not surprised it’s taken him this long to put all the different skeins of the story together,” she said. “I don’t know when we’ll start, but it has to be next year, right? We can’t wait any longer.

The first Avatar sequel is right now scheduled to be released in late 2018.

Avatar 2 release date, spoilers: Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver are coming back for the Avatar sequels

He may be one of the biggest villains in the Avatar universe and many may have been glad to see his demise in the James Cameron film, but Capt. Colonel Quaritch, played by Stephen Lang will definitely be back for the sequels.

While fans wonder how he can survive the fatal injuries that he suffered in his battle with Jake Sully, the character portrayed by Sam Worthington, James Cameron himself confirmed the character’s return to the franchise and assured that anything is possible in the world of science fiction.

His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga,” he explained.

The director also revealed that they will be bringing back Sigourney Weaver in the sequels. It can be recalled that her character, Dr. Grace Augustine, perished in the first movie.

Cameron only revealed that Weaver will return to the cast as “a different, and in many ways more challenging character.”
Meanwhile, Lang, when he was asked about his return to the franchise, he refused to elaborate but only confirmed that he will be part of the next three movies.

Well, I can say because it’s a matter of public record, that the character of Colonel Quaritch is important in each of the films — Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5,” he said to Mashable.

In a separate interview, Lang also shared some information on the production of the sequels.

According to the actor, the second movie in the franchise is targeting to start production by 2017 and a 2018 release date.

Yeah, the reading of things. We’re getting there. We’re in good shape. We’ll be starting certainly early in the new year. But you know, the thing is, as you can imagine with a film like Avatar, it’s not like the work hasn’t been going on. The design, the production design, the various worlds, and creatures and environments, that’s all being worked on,” he assured fans who are worried over the delays.

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