13 January 2013

UFO movie news round-up (13 Jan. 2013)

By Robbie Graham Silver Screen Saucers

Maya ‘Disclosure documentary’ exposed as fraudulent

The producer of the much-hyped but yet to be released ‘Disclosure documentary’ Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond has officially been exposed as a fraudster. ‘Raul Julia-Levy’ (a.k.a.  Salvador Alba Fuentes) had been claiming since 2011 that his documentary was being produced with the full cooperation of the Mexican and Guatemalan governments and that its content – based on previously classified documentation provided by said governments – would “shake the world”.

Julia-Levy had repeatedly told the press that his film would provide conclusive proof that the Maya had direct interactions with an advanced extraterrestrial civilization. The documentary was originally scheduled for release late last year, but was mysteriously stalled. Now we know why...

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“In April 2012, Julia-Levy suddenly stopped production of the documentary, firing the crew and terminating an agreement with a company that was hired to do postproduction. As a result of the action, he was taken to arbitration at the Independent Film & Television Alliance by his partner on the documentary, Elizabeth Theriot.

The arbitrator [Gerald F. Phillips] who wrote that he was the subject of an intimidation attempt by Julia-Levy during the proceedings, also knocked down one-by-one all of Julia-Levy's assertions that he was getting government assistance on the documentary beyond a permit to film. There was no federal government order to deliver footage. There was no proof that the governments had promised to provide security and transportation. And certainly not last and least, there was no proof that the Mexican and Guatemalan governments were supporting the revelation of evidence about a contract between the Mayans and extraterrestrials.”

Phillips, wrote: "[Julia-Levy] represented that he would produce actual artifacts, tangible proof of an agreement between the Mayans and extraterrestrials. He stated that he would produce archaeological papers, which he did. However [Theriot] testified that she later learned that they were falsified."

And, for the record, contrary to Julia-Levy’s claims, physicist Stephen Hawking was never involved with the production. His office confirmed it.

For more details on this story, read Jason McClellan’s report over at OpenMinds.TV

Independence Day sequel could start shooting “within a year”

Actor Bill Pullman last week told CraveOnline that plans are being made to produce a sequel to Independence Day, with or without the involvement of Will Smith.

The Will Smith part of it may be ongoing," Pullman says, "but I think theres strategies for both. I like what I have to do in both of them. Im not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. Its a very interesting conception of what happens to Whitmore between then and when it picks back up.

Pullman also said that production on a sequel could begin "within a year" but that he remains cautious about the project's chances...

s holding their breath," he says, "because its been continually plagued.

Christopher Nolan goes ‘Interstellar’

The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan (above) is in talks to direct and produce Interstellar – a cerebral sci-fi epic based on the work of renowned theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who wrote Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy.

The movie has been in development for years now, with Steven Spielberg originally attached to direct.

Interstellar is based at Paramount but would be made by both Paramount and Warner Bros., where Nolan and his Syncopy banner are based.

The plot has yet to be revealed, but the scope of Kip Thorne’s work leaves plenty of room for ideas concerning extraterrestrial life. Certainly that would have appealed to Spielberg. Interstellar is unlikely to hit cinemas any time before 2015.

‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV series set post-alien invasion

The story for Marvel’s upcoming TV series S.H.I.E.L.D. has been confirmed as taking place after the alien invasion that unfolded in The Avengers. S.H.I.E.L.D. is essentially a quasi-governmental Men in Black-style organization with little or no official oversight. Following the arrival on Earth of Thor and Loki, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s activities in the Marvel movie universe began to include the monitoring of extraterrestrial activity. It seems likely that ET-themed plotlines will feature strongly in the upcoming TV series.

The pilot episode for S.H.I.E.L.D. will begin filming this month and is expected to air later this year. Clark Gregg will star as Agent Coulson, along with Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, and Chloe Bennet as Skye.

Joss Whedon will direct the pilot and co-write it with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.

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