Last month came word that Neill Blomkamp’s direct sequel to “Aliens” had been put on hold by 20th Century Fox due to the pending production of Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” sequel “Alien: Covenant” which starts filming in Australia in February.
Scott, an executive producer on Blomkamp’s project, is rumored to have been the one behind the decision to put the rival project on hold – to both Blomkamp and Fox’s chagrin. Along with Sigourney Weaver, actor Michael Biehn was tipped to be returning for the film which would see him reprise the role of Cpl. Dwayne Hicks from the 1986 classic.
The veteran actor recently spoke with Icons of Fright about the film, which seems to be indefinitely shelved at this point, and revealed that the new film would’ve dealt with not just his return but that of Newt with a late twentysomething actress being sought for the part:
“They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back, and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old. I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt… The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamp’s site everyone can see all of the artwork for that.”
Carrie Henn played Rebecca ‘Newt’ Jorden in the film, the sole survivor of the colony on LV-426, and Henn retired from acting after playing the role. The character was killed at the start of “Alien 3,” along with Biehn’s Dwayne Hicks. Biehn remains hopeful that the project will see the light one day:
“I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first and is going to be the executive producer on this one, so I’m really looking forward to that. I know that Ridley’s focus is on the second ‘Prometheus’ and I’m sure that he and Fox both don’t want that and Neill’s movie to come out right next to each other, because they’re kind of two different worlds, with ‘Aliens’ taking place thousands of years later, which is how they explained it all to me, but at the same time, they want to give them a similar feel. I know they’re putting the brakes on Neill’s movie just for a little while, but I really think that it would be embarrassing to Ridley and Fox and Sigourney if they just didn’t make the movie.”
Biehn is next set to film the Chechen war thriller “Kickback”.