I want nothing more than to see Sigourney Weaver return to the Alien franchise for one final battle with the Xenomorphs, but I’m starting to wonder just how real it is.
After Neill Blomkamp’s Internet campaign went viral, Fox was pressured into hiring him to write and direct what will be a direct sequel to James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens. His concept art looks really cool, and the idea that it will take place before Alien3 and Resurrection is a great idea, but Chappie didn’t perform all too well, and wasn’t received well by critics either. Neither was Elysium. By the time Blomkamp actually get his screenplay completed, will Fox still be hot on the project? That’s the question/concern I have going forward.
For now, we’re living in a dream world where Blomkamp will direct Weaver and Michael Biehn to fill in the mysterious gap between Aliens and Alien3.
And being that Aliens was a perfect follow up title to Alien, what would complete that trilogy? Blomkamp teases us…
In an interview with Empire Magazine, when asked if it would be titled Alien 5, he replied, “It’s kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title”.
This came from a surprising discussion about his connection to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and its in-development sequel. Apparently, Blomkamp is being forced to change some of the film’s plot as to not tread on the toes of Scott’s Prometheus 2. While he’s thrilled with the direction of the next Alien, for which he is producing through Scott films, there were some alterations made to avoid conflicts with Prometheus 2.
“I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit,” said Blomkamp.
In terms of the timeline, it will follow Aliens, mostly because the other sequels left a bad taste in his mouth.
“Where it went after Aliens to me, as a fan, was wrong.”
The new film will be “the triplet of the first two,” he added. “There’s a shitload missing as a fan that I would want to see.”
For those of you keeping up, what are your thoughts overall? What do you want out of the sequel? Do you like Blomkamp’s work? Are you excited, concerned? Tell us below.