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on: February 26, 2015, 04:41:05 AM


Neill Blomkamp's upcoming Alien movie will carry on Ellen Ripley's story from James Cameron's Aliens, and ignore the sequels that came later.

In an interview with Sky News (during a promotional tour for Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi flick Chappie), Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver revealed that they intend to give Ripley a "proper finish" - one the pair don't think was achieved in Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection.

"I want this film to feel like it's literally the genetic sibling of Aliens," said Blomkamp. "So it's Alien, Aliens, and then this movie".

"I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space, and give a proper finish to her story", said Weaver.

Considering the twists and turns that came later, it's easy to forget that Alien was originally pitched as "Jaws in space"; a sinister tone Blomkamp wants to recapture.

"It's a Freudian nightmare. That element to me is what is so appealing," said Blomkamp. "To try to put the audience on the edge of their seat, in a traditional 'monster stalking you in a dark corridor way".

It's a bit of a blow to fans of the sequels, but it's hard to argue against taking Alien back to its horror roots. After all, there's a reason why the sound of that motion tracker still sends chills up our spines so many years later.

Neill Blomkamp's new Alien is yet to have a release date attached.



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Reply #1 on: February 26, 2015, 05:35:05 AM
A sequel which ignore its sequels. Holywood going batshit crazy.
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Reply #2 on: February 26, 2015, 11:10:46 AM
I would be thrilled if Hollywood actually stops groveling to the fanboy cry of "respect the canon." Each film should be allowed to carve its own path, each filmmaker should be allowed to decide the terms of the story they want to tell. There's nothing to be gained by shackling yourself to a story you don't want to tell simply because it exists.
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Reply #3 on: May 13, 2015, 11:15:01 PM
I am excited about this. I am not a fan of this guys out put thus far but I have always said that Alien 3 sucks, I remember being a kid and watching and being like WTF how do you kill off Hicks and NEWT with some fucking lame ass computer text, this is a good idea but I feel blokamps execution will be awful, he needs to not use CGI like for everything but I do like his idea and I share his passion for aliens and loathe alien 3.


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Reply #4 on: May 01, 2017, 04:23:35 PM
Ridley Scott Says That Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien 5’ Is Probably Dead
via The Playlist

For a long time, the “Alien” franchise never had a clear direction. Even James Cameron’s classic sequel “Aliens” took the property in quite a different direction from the tight, focused horror of Ridley Scott’s original, while “Alien3” and “Alien: Resurrection” both proved to be interfered-with, unloved, compromised messes, cueing up a fifteen year stretch when the only time the xenomorph ever appeared on screen was in the terrible cash-in “Alien Vs. Predator” movies.

Things are different now: Ridley Scott returned to the series he created with 2012’s “Prometheus,” and follows it up with the imminent “Alien: Covenant,” which promises to further expand the mythology of the creation of the series, and apparently sets up as many as four more “Alien” movies, including the apparently-next “Alien: Awakening.” But one casualty of Scott’s newfound interest in the series was a different take, set long after the Alien timeline, that would have been directed by “District 9” helmer Neill Blomkamp.

The South African helmer initially announced towards the start of 2015 that he was developing an “Alien” movie that would have ignored everything after “Aliens” and returned Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn to the series, but not long after, rumors suggested that Scott had wanted to move ahead on the film that became “Alien: Covenant” first, and that Blomkamp’s picture was on hold. And after the “Chappie” creator suggested that chances of his film getting made were now “slim” earlier in the year, Scott has more or less ejected the film out of the airlock.

In an interview with Allocine (via Comic Book Resources), Scott was asked about the project, but says that it never got very far, saying, “There was never a screenplay, just an idea that evolved into a pitch of 10 pages.” And, ultimately, Scott says that Fox were the ones that decided to go in another direction. “I was always just a producer, but it didn’t go any further because Fox decided that it didn’t want to do it.”