Alien 5 News: Weaver, Blomkamp, Make-Up

The final few interviews related to Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi tale “Chappie” have been taking place, and actress Sigourney Weaver has shared some more thoughts about re-teaming with the filmmaker for the next “Alien” film.

Speaking with Variety, Weaver said she thinks the filmmaker’s new chapter in the series will break new ground:

“I can’t think of a better director. He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well. Suddenly it seemed so obvious that this would happen. We’ve been in touch the last year, and he’s shared wonderful artwork.”

Blomkamp himself says that despite having filmed three sci-fi films so far, each has been set in a relatively contemporary near future. The new “Alien” on the other hand would be a departure and a much more outer space-style tale:

“I would love to make something in that world because the films use terror and dread and filmmaking techniques that are different than what I’ve dabbled in before.”

He also revealed to IGN why, as a filmmaker who has avoided studio movies and franchises where possible, has he suddenly changed his tune on this:

“The truth about projects that are my own… the thing that’s annoying about films is that they take three years to make. It’s a constant thing that I face all the time, which is that whatever you commit to, you’re going to be out of the game with everything else, and you’re going to be doing this one thing for that amount of time.

That’s a very true thing, so that would still be my answer to almost everything, it’s just that ‘Alien’ isn’t almost everything. ‘Alien’ is the one thing that’s just… I actually think it’s the first science-fiction film I ever saw. And it’s my first memory of film. So it’s just emblazoned into my head in a way that… it would be a shame for me to not do it for myself. Even if it doesn’t live up to want people want, for my own self I need to at least try.”

He’s very aware of the legacy of the first two films in the series and how they’re both considered such high watermarks for the genre:

“U think that the combination of what Ridley [Scott] did and the usage of Giger’s Freudian sexual terror imagery and the set-up of the first film and then what [James] Cameron did with the second film – just the perfect storm of what those ingredients were, and for my own visual style and what I like, it was just this weird, perfect unity of everything, you know? I think that’s really what it is. I can’t think of anything that comes close to it in terms of an existing franchise. And my other favourite character – though I don’t want to participate in this world – is Batman. I think the Chris Nolan Batman films are incredible. For me – for my own aesthetic and taste, I think they’re amazing. That’s a separate thing, that’s kind of character-driven. ‘Alien’ is a unique thing for me – it’s a unique storm of perfect ingredients.”

Meanwhile, some make-up test images of what the character of Michael Biehn’s Hicks in the film could look like have gone online over at The Terminator Fans. David Woodruff’s Generation Effects Inc. created the make-up tests from the concept art online and got his own father Tom Woodruff Jr. to stand in as Hicks in the shots. Check out the results below: