At this point in time, we really have no idea what the future of the Alien franchise looks like, but Disney has been assuring that they’ll still allow rated “R” films under the Fox banner once the deal goes through for them to acquire the studio’s assets. So then, will they continue Ridley Scott’s prequel franchise or “reboot” the whole thing? We’re thinking the latter.
As you surely recall, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp had at one point been developing a direct sequel to Aliens, a project that was ultimately killed off by Scott’s vision for the franchise. As far as we’ve been told, Blomkamp’s vision was scrapped and would never be seeing the light of day, but maybe, just maybe, James Cameron is bringing it back to life?
In a chat with IGN on the red carpet for Alita: Battle Angel, Cameron was asked about giving Blomkamp “a call about Aliens,” to which he replied: “I’m working on that, yeah.”
Granted, this isn’t much of anything right now, but it’s certainly interesting to hear Cameron express an interest in partnering with Blomkamp to bring his Aliens sequel back into the conversation. Cameron just returned to the Terminator franchise, it’s worth noting, to produce a sequel to T2 being directed by Tim Miller, so it’d make logical sense for Aliens to be next.
Hey, ya never know…