Movie Talk: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Finds a Director; Rumored ‘Alien’ Connection to ‘Alien: Covenant’

     June 10, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (June 10, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Kristian Harloff, Perri Nemiroff and Sinead DeVries discuss the following:

  • Spoilery Alien: Covenant rumor ties Katherine Waterston’s character to original
  • First poster for Disney’s Moana released
  • Mindy Kaling & Helena Bonham Carter join female Oceans 11, Jennifer Lawrence exits
  • Box Office Predictions
  • Mail Bag

alien-covenant-logoWe know a lot about the Alien: Covenant cast which includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup and Danny McBride, however, we don’t have much to go on in regards to story and characters. Now, according to the Playlist, we might have our biggest character twist that will tie directly to the original film Ridley Scott created back in 1979. So for that, we have to issue a spoiler alert. You’ve been warned. As of now, there is no confirmation from either the filmmakers or the studio so we’ll have to see what happens when Alien: Covenant comes to theatres on August 4, 2017.

According to a report from Variety, Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence is in early discussions to helm the Battlestar Galactica reboot at Universal, with Westworld scribe Lisa Joy set to write. Bryan Singer had been attached to direct, but has since moved on. This new version of the property at one point was said to not be related to the critically acclaimed series that aired on the Syfy network between 2003 and 2009. However, a report from The Wrap says the filmmakers are, in fact, taking into account the popular series. No release date has been set.

Image via Icon Productions

Image via Icon Productions

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mel Gibson and his Braveheart writer Randall Wallace are working on a sequel to The Passion of the Christ, in a story about the resurrection of Jesus. Wallace (reluctantly) confirmed the rumors that he has begun to write a script for a story about the resurrection, telling THR that the project was becoming too difficult to keep under wraps. Wallace said he and Gibson began getting serious about a sequel while making Hacksaw Ridge, which Gibson directed and Wallace co-wrote. No studio or financial backing has been lined up for the Passion sequel at this time.


moana-posterOne of Disney’s most anticipated upcoming releases, Moana, has finally been given an official poster, with Dwayne Johnson taking to his Twitter account to unveil the exclusive, also teasing that the trailer will debut — via him, naturally — this coming Sunday. Moana tells the story of a brave teenage girl from 2,000 years ago who sets out on a voyage to prove that she is as capable as the explorers of old, who sailed around the islands of Oceania as master navigators and seafarers. The Rock will be voicing the demigod Maui, who joins Moana on her quest out into the open ocean, where she will surely meet a host of obstacles to overcome. Moana comes to theatres this November 23rd.

According to a new report from Showbiz 411, Warner Bros. has recruited two more for its Ocean’s Eleven spinoff, tapping Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter to join Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in the heist film, which is being directed by The Hunger Games’ Gary Ross. Bullock is expected to be the Danny Ocean counterpart (that’s the lead role played by George Clooney in the 2001 film), while Blanchett will be the Rusty figure (played by Brad Pitt in the 2001 movie). There’s no word yet on what parts Kaling and Bonham Carter will be filling. The site also confirms that Jennifer Lawrence, who was rumored for the project last month, will not be joining after all, with the site giving scheduling conflicts as the reason. Reports are now calling this Ocean’s ElevenOcean’s Ocho, and that it’ll be a spinoff rather than a reboot, with Bullock’s character believed to be Danny Ocean’s sister, and the plot reportedly revolving around her plan to steal a necklace from the Met Ball to frame a crooked gallery owner.


Image via Marvel Studios

At a recent panel at Wizard World Philadelphia, Tom Hiddleston was asked about reprising his role as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok, which begins shooting in July and reuniting him with Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. It will be the first time Hiddleston has played Loki since Thor: The Dark World in 2012 and the fourth time he has played the character in the MCU. Via a report from, Hiddleston spoke about what he expected about the role in the second sequel to Thor, and also how he might still have a bone to pick with the Hulk based on the last time the two characters met back in the Avengers. Hiddleston said, Loki’s got a few chips on his shoulder, so you’ll have to wait and see what happens when Loki snd Hulk meet up. Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.


Now it’s time for Box Office Predictions brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. This is the part of the show where we make our predictions on what movies are opening this weekend and in what order they will top the weekend’s box office.


Jason Dolan writes:

Dear Collider,

Love the show, the shit rats, the spilled nachos, Mova’s eyebrows, all of it.

My question regards the girth of releases every year… with so many movies that come out, its easy to let one slip through the cracks.  Last night I saw the trailer for Margaret, starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo and I totally missed that movie when it was released.  It felt like I was in an alternate universe.  Is there a movie you completely missed and years later saw the trailer and were like, when did that come out?  What movie did you miss on its initial release (probably before you started being the Sportscenter for movies) that really surprised you when you finally saw the trailer?

Thanks, and sweat away!

Brian Knight writes:

Collider Movie Talk,

You have pointed out how many anticipated movies become just average because of a weak Act III.

Would you rather watch a movie with a great Act I and II, but a weak Act III or a weak Act I but gets better with a strong Act II and Act III?



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