It has now been thirty years since October 12, 1979 when The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novelization of a popular British radio series, first saw print. Douglas Adams, our icon of humorous geek literature, would write four sequels to it, and would, tragically die of a heart attack at the age of 49.
FADE IN: DEEP SPACE - THE FUTURE: The silent field of stars -- eclipsed by the dark bulk of an approaching ship. CLOSER...
William Gibson's "Alien 3" Screenplay
20th Century Fox is rebooting its "Alien" franchise with Jon Spaihts to write a prequel that has Ridley Scott set to return as director.
The film will be a prequel to the seminal 1979 film about an extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship. The 1979 epic starred Tom Skerritt and Sigourney Weaver. The new treatment will precede that film, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal was generated by an empty ship to warn them.
In a speech at the 2007 Venice Film Festival at special screening of his seminal noir thriller Blade Runner, Sir Ridley Scott, the legendary director of Alien, announced that he believes that science-fiction as a genre is dead -gone the way of Westerns.
Scott believes, as we do at The Daily Galaxy, that although the flashy special effects of block-busters such as The Matrix, Independence Day and The War of the Worlds, may sell at the box office, that none can beat Stanley Kubrick’s haunting 1968 epic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film is as fresh (and perhaps more relevant) today as the day it premiered.
The video at the end of the post -Kubrick 2001 -The Space Odyssey Explained- is a minor masterpiece in itself and is not to be missed.
It's rare when a lost classic retro cartoon such as "The Space Explorers" is rediscovered after 50 years in some old dusty film archives. If you were a kid growing up in the 1950-1960's dubbed the "Space Race" era, you had the pleasure and fortune to watch the myriad of space shows and cartoons being broadcast on the air. Each morning, shows like Captain Satellite, Captain Kangaroo, Captain Video, Sheriff John, and even Romper Room with "Miss Connie" showed cartoons like: Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Space Patrol, Fireball XL-5, Ultra Man, Rocket Man, Commando Cody, and the subject of this article... "The Space Explorers"