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Science Fiction Thursday: Louis C.K. Wants to Die a "Terrible" Death in Neill Blomkamp's 'Alien' Sequel

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | February 19, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | February 19, 2015 |

Statistically speaking, it rains more on Thursday than any other day throughout history. I can’t source that, I just heard it somewhere years ago, and we all know that 72% of statistics are made up anyway. But just to be on the safe side, we have SciFi Thursday to make up for those rainy days.

First up, Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle has been picked up for a full season. The full series will debut either in late 2015 or early 2016. It’s gotten fantastic reviews from the pilot and in case the name’s unfamiliar to you, it’s based on a Philip K. Dick novel in which the Nazis won the war and occupied America. Not the most original when stuck into a talking point like that, but trust me, go snag the book when you have a chance, and check out the pilot while it’s still up.

(source: Blastr)

Next up, Neill Blomkamp’s next film will be set in the Alien universe and will not be Prometheus 2 but a “radical reimagining” of the source material. I hope by “radical” they mean let’s just pretend all that Prometheus shit never happened, because I have no optimism that a second entry will do anything but dig Ridley Scott deeper into nonsense (though Scott is producing this new one). Here’s Blomkamp’s official announcement (and yes, it’s been confirmed by like journalist people):

Um… So I think it's officially my next film. #alien

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on

Click on that thingie and you can see all the concept art he was working on that sold Fox on the idea.

Sigourney Weaver also indicated on The Tonight Show last night — before this news had been confirmed — that she had been talking with Blomkamp about doing another film. In fact, Weaver said that she’d even spoken to Louis C.K. — who she recently met — about it, and he said that he wanted to be in it, “and I want to die in a terrible way.”

Weaver said something could probably be arranged.

(source: SlashFilm)

There’s also a Star Wars VII rumor floating around spoiling a major character death. You can click here if you want to read it, but I don’t necessarily buy it. There will be a hundred similar rumors over the next year, and there have already been a hundred others, so is it true? I mean with those figures, one of them is going to be right eventually. Even a stopped clock is right twice per day, but I hate that saying because I’ve had digital clocks so long that it takes conscious effort for me to read one of those funny ones with the hands.

In the glorious world of reading, I’ve read four bookish things this week. Alloy of Law is the fantastic Brandon Sanderson old West follow-up to Mistborn. That world just has one of the most creative and interesting systems of magic I’ve ever seen. A 40,000 word fan fiction cross-over between Downton Abbey and Firefly because how could I not. A Pathfinder Tales novel, which is a set of those quick and dirty genre universe novels like the old Star Trek or Dungeons and Dragons, which you know, if it’s your thing, they’re the low-cal genre fiction. Trudging through another Culture book. I only say trudging because it’s Matter which is another one set in a medieval world even if it does have some interesting science fiction wrapping.

SciFi Thursday will return next week. Probably sometime between Wednesday and Friday.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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