Film Bits: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Prologue Released; M. Night Shyamalan Confirms Next Film

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Prologue Highlights Link to ‘Prometheus’

In advance of Alien: Covenant, Fox has released a short clip that serves to bridge the end of the last film in the franchise, Prometheus, with the latest incarnation. The short clip shows Michael Fassbender’s David being reassembled by Noomi Rapace, deviating from previous clips which focused on the new crew. Given the overall disappointment in Prometheus, it’s no wonder that the new film has tried to distance itself from that project, however director Ridley Scott has stated that Covenant will answer many of the lingering questions left over from his last step into the Alien franchise. How this clip will tie into the rest of the movie is hard to say, but it certainly gives us an idea of the Scott’s visual aesthetic which is as strong as ever. It also gives hope that this entry will be less disappointing than the last. We’ll know for sure when Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 18.

(20th Century Fox)

M. Night Shyamalan Confirms ‘Unbreakable’/’Split’ Sequel, ‘Glass’

M. Night Shyamalan has been hard at work on his new screenplay, which everyone has assumed would be a sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable. Given the success of Split and its surprise connection to that film, it was no shocker when he officially announced that his next project, Glass, would be the sequel fans have been dreaming of for almost two decades now. The director gave details via Twitter, and confirmed that Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor-Joy would all be reprising their roles from Unbreakable and Split, respectively. He also revealed that the new film is scheduled for release on January 18, 2019. It’ll be interesting to see just how he bridges the gap between the two films released in the franchise so far, though given the advancement of the superhero genre over the last decade it remains to be seen if he can keep up. Still, his lowkey take on the genre could be just what we need to reinvigorate the form.

(Twitter)

David Fincher Set to Direct ‘World War Z 2’

After months of speculation, David Fincher is now all but confirmed to take over directing duties for World War Z 2, the sequel to the 2013 adaptation of the Max Brooks novel. It’s been a troublesome development for the sequel, which was removed from the calendar previously while star Brad Pitt was dealing with personal matters. The star reportedly began courting Fincher, who hasn’t directed a film since 2014’s Gone Girl, with whom the actor has collaborated on Seven, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. While the deal isn’t yet finalized, it looks to be a done deal, putting WWZ2 back on the schedule for the near future.

(Variety)

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