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A prequel to Alien is in the works, but who is going to direct it?
When word leaked earlier this week that Ridley Scott was working on a prequel to his 30-year-old sci-fi classic, the original Alien, fans pounced on the news. But the project may have already hit its first speed bump: The filmmakers and Fox, the studio that owns the rights to the franchise, seem to have conflicting ideas about who should direct. Scott plans to produce and had handpicked commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch — whose ads for German electronics company Saturn are known for their futuristic flourishes — to make his feature debut. Rinsch’s selection is complicated by the rumor that he’s romantically involved with Scott’s daughter, Jordan, also a commercial helmer. (Reps for both Jordan Scott and Rinsch did not respond to calls to confirm.) Sources at Fox, however, tell EW that the studio is not interested in greenlighting a prequel unless Scott himself directs. Scott and his reps didn?t respond to calls for comment. But Tony Scott, Ridley’s brother and producing partner, was unequivocal in his support for Rinsch when asked about the project last weekend at the junket for his movie The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. ”Carl is doing the prequel to Alien,” Tony told a reporter from Collider.com, before adding: ”I’m excited because Ridley created the original and Carl is one of the family.” Just which ”family,” personal or professional or both, was unclear. — Christine Spines
To be! Twilight director and Emile Hirsch will make a modern-day Hamlet.
Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke will reteam with her Lords of Dogtown star Emile Hirsch to revisit Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a modern revenge tale. Hirsch will play the lead, a man fraught with indecision after his father is murdered by his uncle. Overture Films is fast-tracking the project, which is being produced by Milk‘s Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen and may begin filming this year. ”We’ve been working really hard to use the real dialogue that feels very alive and in the moment,” Hardwicke tells EW. ”But don’t worry — we’re reading it aloud now to make sure it’s accessible. You won’t need a Shakespeare for Dummies book to see this.” — Nicole Sperling
Glee plans to keep fans singing all summer long
The cast of Fox’s Glee are a hit on iTunes: Their cover of Journey’s ”Don’t Stop Believin”’ reached No. 1 on the Top Songs chart. So to keep fans occupied until the show returns this fall, producers are planning to release at least two more songs from upcoming episodes on iTunes this summer. (A Glee source says one contender is a cover of Queen’s ”Somebody to Love.”) Also look for new performance videos to pop up on Facebook and YouTube. Glee fever has even hit a certain Piano Man. Says co-creator Ryan Murphy, ”Our music supervisor got a call yesterday from Billy Joel, who said, ‘Anything you want of my music, you can have it.’ We’re thinking of doing an episode of all Billy Joel.” — Tim Stack