Rumor patrol: Is Eminem really playing Batman 3's Riddler? Plus Ridley Scott talks about the Alien prequel's big questions!

Ridley Scott will be digging deep into the nasty origins of the aliens for his prequel. Duncan Jones talks Source Code, director Mark Romanek explains why Never Let Me Go doesn't feel scifi, and some awesomely convoluted Transformers rumors. Spoilervana!


Alien Prequel:

Ridley Scott explains the central questions his two-part, 3-D prequel will address:

"The film will be really tough, really nasty. It's the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"

[The Independent]

Batman 3:

This rumor tore up the internet over the weekend, but it's already been denied. No, rapper Eminem will not be playing the Riddler, and he denied even so much as having had expressing interest in the part. [Gossip Cop]

Tron Legacy:

Here's another new poster, this time from Japan: [/Film]

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Source Code:

The first image from Duncan Jones's second film, after Moon, has been released, along with an interview with the director:

"On this one I've got four really talented actors - Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. It's a new test, a new experience...[Gyllenhaal plays] a military man who wakes up on a train not knowing how he got there. Before he gets a chance to work it out, things change in such a dramatic way, he doesn't know whether the train's real or not...When it was brought to me it was serious, quite cerebral, dark and depressing, My take was, 'This could actually be quite fun...'"

[Empire via Wet, Dark, and Wild]

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Never Let Me Go:

An early review stresses how the production design subtly brings out the notion that everything's decaying and soon about to end. It also mentions how the film lacks any explicit science fiction elements, and quotes director Mark Romanek on this topic:

"I never wanted it to be a science-fiction film in terms of its being fantastical. I wanted it to be relatable. We said, 'Let's make a science-fiction film that doesn't have any tangible science fiction in it.'"

For more details on the upcoming cloning drama, check out the full review at the link. [LA Times]

The Night Chronicles:

We've learned a bit more about the second and third films in M. Night Shyamalan's trilogy of films where he comes up with the idea but doesn't direct. After the first entry, Devil, the second film will concern a jury deliberating over a supernatural trial, which Shyamalan likens to 12 Angry Men except, you know, supernatural. Last Exorcism director Daniel Stamm is thought to be in line to direct this one. [MTV Movies Blog]

As for the third film, Shyamalan says he will be using a villainous character and certain plot points he originally devised for Unbreakable 2. Shyamalan explains: