It was expected considering his artwork indicated as much, but now he’s made it official – “District 9” and “Chappie” director Neill Blomkamp’s new “Alien” movie won’t be “Alien 5” so much as a new “Alien 3”.
Out doing press for “Chappie,” Blomkamp says the film ignores the events and themes of “Alien 3” and “Alien Resurrection,” instead it will act as a direct follow-up to James Cameron’s 1986 effort “Aliens”. He tells Sky Movies:
“I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it’s Alien, Aliens and then this movie. It’s a Freudian kind of nightmare. That element, to me, is what’s so appealing, to try to put the audience on the edge of their seat the whole time, in a traditional, monster stalking you, dark corridor way. I love that, and then, when you mix in all of the design elements, and the life cycle of the alien, it’s just a powder keg of creativity for me.”
Sigourney Weaver herself indicates to the outlet that the film will serve as a “proper finish” to Ripley’s story:
“I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space, and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story. When someone like Neill Blomkamp suddenly said, ‘Well I’m interested in finishing this story,’ my little ears perked up. We started chatting on the set of Chappie almost right away, about his love for these movies. And then he started to send me the artwork over the last year, and a lot of story ideas. I’m delighted that he’s interested in doing this. I think it’s a great series. It deserves a proper ending. I know the fans would love that, so I hope it works out.”
This of course raises some immediate questions. Weaver’s age will have to be taken into account, and of course asks the obvious question of whether the other actors like Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen will return.