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Alien 3 & Resurrection won't count once Neill Blomkamp makes his Alien pic

07.06.2016

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I hope you're not a fan of ALIEN 3 or ALIEN: RESURRECTION, if you count the sci-fi franchise among your favorites... Because in due time, they'll no longer count in the grand scheme of things. Much like the STAR WARS expanded universe, they'll be chalked up to glorified fan-fiction once Neill Blomkamp gets to take the reins on a new ALIEN sequel. 

Sigourney Weaver confirmed as much in a new interview with EW that also announced an ALIENS 30th Anniversary Reunion panel for this year's San Diego Comic-Con that will see Weaver, James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and an adult Carrie Henn sharing the stage for a Q&A. 

Weaver is working with District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp to create a new Aliens sequel, one that picks up where Cameron’s film left off and somewhat de-canonizes David Fincher’s Alien 3 (1992) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection(1997). “It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie,” Weaver says.

That appeared to be the direction Blomkamp was going to take, particularly with his ideas of Hicks and Newt being major characters in his concept - something hard to do without disregarding ALIEN 3 since they die in the film's opening moments. And I understand that being the point where Blomkamp might want to jump into the canon, given the latter two films are nowhere near as beloved as the first two in the series. However, this is the problem with the way the studio system of making franchises works these days, and we as fans keep letting them off the hook. 

Studios want to rush another sequel into production as soon as they can following the success of a film before, because... well, they like money. And who can blame them? That's why they exist - to make big bucks. But often, it's that reckless approach to make something, rather than something good, that then hurts them... They expect people to pay for their product, but, if it's not very good, then the fans come away pissed-off. They have, to a certain degree, damaged the brand, but, in order to try making money with it again, they have to, in retrospect, disavow the shitty thing they made, hoping to start again as if their mistake never happened. But I don't see them issuing refunds to those of us who may have bought tickets for a movie that they'd now rather pretend never existed. 

If you can't take ownership of a movie, even if it's bad, then don't make it. ALIEN 3 and ALIEN: RESURRECTION aren't terrible (okay, RESURRECTION is pretty bad, but ALIEN 3 has some merit, even if it's not on the level of ALIEN or ALIENS). But trying to ignore them, even if it's a convenient shortcut, doesn't carry any good favor with those of us who laid out cash for the ALIEN Quadrilogy on Blu-ray, half of which don't count anymore. 

Either get more creative or show some restraint... Because this tactic shall not pass any longer.

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11:36PM on 07/11/2016
I'm totally fine with this, Alien 3 sucks and everyone knows it (Elliot Goldenthal's haunting film score and the performances of Charles Dance & Charles Dutton are the only thing redeeming about this film). Alien Resurrection is the silly "Hollywood" entry of the series but at least it had a solid cast and the Xenomorphs looked cool.

But whatever , if you like Alien 3 and Resurrection you can always still watch them and ignore/boycott the Blomkamp's Alien 5. To each their own.......
I'm totally fine with this, Alien 3 sucks and everyone knows it (Elliot Goldenthal's haunting film score and the performances of Charles Dance & Charles Dutton are the only thing redeeming about this film). Alien Resurrection is the silly "Hollywood" entry of the series but at least it had a solid cast and the Xenomorphs looked cool.

But whatever , if you like Alien 3 and Resurrection you can always still watch them and ignore/boycott the Blomkamp's Alien 5. To each their own.......
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11:41AM on 07/07/2016
Alien 3 may have been a disappointing sequel to some but it is a great movie in and of itself. Every aspect of this film is amazing; The acting, the music, the sets, the tone, the pacing and yes the script.
Alien 3 may have been a disappointing sequel to some but it is a great movie in and of itself. Every aspect of this film is amazing; The acting, the music, the sets, the tone, the pacing and yes the script.
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11:13AM on 07/07/2016

Face it - David Fincher would be happy about this.

David Fincher has gone on record numerous times about how much he hated "Alien 3" due to not being able to make it his own. The producers forced him to take the story in certain directions. You can google Fincher's interviews online. It's not like Alien3 or Resurrection are going to disappear off the face of the planet. (Spoiler) You can always watch those to see which direction the series would've gone if Newt and Hicks perished in the 3rd and Ripley was impregnated. The fact of the matter is
David Fincher has gone on record numerous times about how much he hated "Alien 3" due to not being able to make it his own. The producers forced him to take the story in certain directions. You can google Fincher's interviews online. It's not like Alien3 or Resurrection are going to disappear off the face of the planet. (Spoiler) You can always watch those to see which direction the series would've gone if Newt and Hicks perished in the 3rd and Ripley was impregnated. The fact of the matter is that this series is getting a much needed awakening like "Batman Begins" did after the horrendous "Batman Forever" massacred the super heroes series.
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11:35AM on 07/07/2016
That's true, it was Fincher's first movie and he quit before editing even took place because the execs had made such a mess out of it. If you wanna see a real Fincher film, go watch se7en, or Fight Club. Alien 3 was not his baby. He actually said, A lot of people hated Alien 3, "But no one hated it more than I did.
That's true, it was Fincher's first movie and he quit before editing even took place because the execs had made such a mess out of it. If you wanna see a real Fincher film, go watch se7en, or Fight Club. Alien 3 was not his baby. He actually said, A lot of people hated Alien 3, "But no one hated it more than I did.
7:49AM on 07/07/2016
Can't wait for a new Rocky movie where Balboa is still rich and Apollo still alive.It would take place just after Rocky 3.Just kiddin' but this New Alien movie idea sucks big time.
Can't wait for a new Rocky movie where Balboa is still rich and Apollo still alive.It would take place just after Rocky 3.Just kiddin' but this New Alien movie idea sucks big time.
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1:03AM on 07/07/2016

so disrespectful...

Blomkamp wishes he could make films like Fincher does,,,
Blomkamp wishes he could make films like Fincher does,,,
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1:51AM on 07/07/2016
Who cares if it's disrespectful. Alien 3 and Resurrection were a slap in the face compared to the original 2.
Who cares if it's disrespectful. Alien 3 and Resurrection were a slap in the face compared to the original 2.
7:47AM on 07/07/2016
@ROOm307: I care cause I love Alien 3 & Ressurection
@ROOm307: I care cause I love Alien 3 & Ressurection
10:45PM on 07/06/2016
It always bothered me that Newt died. She was the last surviving colonist, and they rescued her. Having her die makes the entire 2nd film worthless. So needless to say, I'm pumped for this project.
It always bothered me that Newt died. She was the last surviving colonist, and they rescued her. Having her die makes the entire 2nd film worthless. So needless to say, I'm pumped for this project.
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11:26PM on 07/06/2016
Didn't mean to give the thumbs down, pushed the wrong button. I'm with you though..
Didn't mean to give the thumbs down, pushed the wrong button. I'm with you though..
9:52AM on 07/07/2016
I never thought that Newt's death in Alien 3 made Aliens meaningless. Alien 3 is the final act of a tragedy, and a lot of bad things happen to people who don't deserve it. Are they supposed to go on and on fighting the bugs through four or five films? Alien 3 is not my favorite film in the series, but I always understood the purpose of the various characters' fates. And it certainly doesn't make my quarterly viewings of Aliens any less fun.
I never thought that Newt's death in Alien 3 made Aliens meaningless. Alien 3 is the final act of a tragedy, and a lot of bad things happen to people who don't deserve it. Are they supposed to go on and on fighting the bugs through four or five films? Alien 3 is not my favorite film in the series, but I always understood the purpose of the various characters' fates. And it certainly doesn't make my quarterly viewings of Aliens any less fun.
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9:58PM on 07/06/2016

What I always wantedd

Happy -- can't wait -- As for Alien 3 and 4, just make it a dream ... Who really cares? They're 20years old! I always wanted to see Ripley and Hick as a team hunting alien bad-ass!
Happy -- can't wait -- As for Alien 3 and 4, just make it a dream ... Who really cares? They're 20years old! I always wanted to see Ripley and Hick as a team hunting alien bad-ass!
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8:22PM on 07/06/2016

I have a soft spot for Alien 3

I don't like it when they pick and choose what's cannon based on what's convenient at the time.
I don't like it when they pick and choose what's cannon based on what's convenient at the time.
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7:28PM on 07/06/2016
I'm ok with this in theory. That said, they still need to make a good movie. They tried the same thing with Superman Returns. While it was absolutely the right decision to pretend Superman 3 and 4 didn't exist, the movie we got ended up being lame anyway (though to be fair, it wasn't for lack of trying). Hopefully, this one will be good. Neill Blomkamp is a bit hit or miss though, so hard to say.
I'm ok with this in theory. That said, they still need to make a good movie. They tried the same thing with Superman Returns. While it was absolutely the right decision to pretend Superman 3 and 4 didn't exist, the movie we got ended up being lame anyway (though to be fair, it wasn't for lack of trying). Hopefully, this one will be good. Neill Blomkamp is a bit hit or miss though, so hard to say.
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7:12PM on 07/06/2016
Are studios going to take requests for which bad sequels we want to be discounted and replaced with a better film? Start with Iron Man 3, Spectre, ID-4: Resurgence, POTC 4, and Die Hard 5.
Are studios going to take requests for which bad sequels we want to be discounted and replaced with a better film? Start with Iron Man 3, Spectre, ID-4: Resurgence, POTC 4, and Die Hard 5.
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6:09PM on 07/06/2016

As it should be, those were terrible films...

I couldn't disagree with the author more about them doubling down on terrible installments. Sure did you pay money for that crap? So what, nobody told you to go watch those films, so don't get all irksome over it. This is the only way that this new movie is going to make sense, if not all we are left to work with is a old lady ripely that gave birth to a monster alien hybrid, if ever there was a case for abortion that thing would be it.
I couldn't disagree with the author more about them doubling down on terrible installments. Sure did you pay money for that crap? So what, nobody told you to go watch those films, so don't get all irksome over it. This is the only way that this new movie is going to make sense, if not all we are left to work with is a old lady ripely that gave birth to a monster alien hybrid, if ever there was a case for abortion that thing would be it.
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6:03PM on 07/06/2016
This is great news. Hopefully Blomkamp can capture the storytelling magic he did with District 9. And for the fans that bought the quadrilogy... Well that's their fault. Alien 3 and Resurrection are garbage.
This is great news. Hopefully Blomkamp can capture the storytelling magic he did with District 9. And for the fans that bought the quadrilogy... Well that's their fault. Alien 3 and Resurrection are garbage.
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5:57PM on 07/06/2016
My only concern with this is whether Blomkamp can recapture the magic that made Aliens one of Cameron's true masterpieces. If it winds up a pale homage to Aliens, it's going to be just as disappointing as Alien 3 or Resurrection ever were.
My only concern with this is whether Blomkamp can recapture the magic that made Aliens one of Cameron's true masterpieces. If it winds up a pale homage to Aliens, it's going to be just as disappointing as Alien 3 or Resurrection ever were.
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5:39PM on 07/06/2016
Considering that Alien 3 went through production hell, it turned out to be a decent movie. What I always liked about the three Alien movies (I don't consider Resurrection to be one of them) is that they all tried something a little different. I always thought it was ballsy to kill the main character at the end of the third movie. I guess that's why I have some respect for it. I could care less what happens to Resurrection, but it would be kind of crappy to completely erase Alien 3 from canon.
Considering that Alien 3 went through production hell, it turned out to be a decent movie. What I always liked about the three Alien movies (I don't consider Resurrection to be one of them) is that they all tried something a little different. I always thought it was ballsy to kill the main character at the end of the third movie. I guess that's why I have some respect for it. I could care less what happens to Resurrection, but it would be kind of crappy to completely erase Alien 3 from canon. At least do the dream thing with it.
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5:27PM on 07/06/2016
I'd imagine they'll try a little harder than just saying, "ignore those last two". Though if I'm honest, I already don't consider the last two to be real Alien films. Here's hoping Ripley, Hicks, and Newt can still get it done.
I'd imagine they'll try a little harder than just saying, "ignore those last two". Though if I'm honest, I already don't consider the last two to be real Alien films. Here's hoping Ripley, Hicks, and Newt can still get it done.
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5:26PM on 07/06/2016
I like the assembly cut of Alien 3 and find itnto be a perfectly bleak ending to the trilogy. I was never that upset about the Aliens characters dying, as much as I enjoyed them, as it was refreshing to see a horror franchise maintain an utterly hopeless atmosphere through to the end. (Ignoring Resurrection).
I like that the 3 Alien films all feel different, from isolated horror, to sci-fi action, to religious metaphor, and as much as I'd love to see Biehn on the big screen again, and
I like the assembly cut of Alien 3 and find itnto be a perfectly bleak ending to the trilogy. I was never that upset about the Aliens characters dying, as much as I enjoyed them, as it was refreshing to see a horror franchise maintain an utterly hopeless atmosphere through to the end. (Ignoring Resurrection).
I like that the 3 Alien films all feel different, from isolated horror, to sci-fi action, to religious metaphor, and as much as I'd love to see Biehn on the big screen again, and Sigourney back in the role, I'm concerned the film will end up too similar to Aliens. The best thing about Aliens is that whilst it was a sequel, it was conceptually a completely different genre.
The concept stuff looked great, but I'm very cautiously optimistic.
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5:22PM on 07/06/2016

Hmmm

I'm going to go the opposite - I thought Resurrection had some interesting elements and was more entertaining. And while Fincher's take was dark and deliciously doleful, the effects were laughable, and the premise was wildly contrived and anticlimactic. The tie-up at the end was like a fizzled firecracker. i welcome this new start from the first 2 flicks. They deserved a better sequel(s)
I'm going to go the opposite - I thought Resurrection had some interesting elements and was more entertaining. And while Fincher's take was dark and deliciously doleful, the effects were laughable, and the premise was wildly contrived and anticlimactic. The tie-up at the end was like a fizzled firecracker. i welcome this new start from the first 2 flicks. They deserved a better sequel(s)
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5:21PM on 07/06/2016
who gives a crap if they ignore 3 and resurrection its not like they are going to george lucas them and not make them available anymore for us all. Alien 3 was a good movie but come on, with the exception of the ending the movie as whole is a let down to its predecessors, and resurrection was just a dumb cash grab failure. Im skeptical of another installment but hey it can only go up from the last one so why the eff not would be something better than what hollywood shits out now a days.
who gives a crap if they ignore 3 and resurrection its not like they are going to george lucas them and not make them available anymore for us all. Alien 3 was a good movie but come on, with the exception of the ending the movie as whole is a let down to its predecessors, and resurrection was just a dumb cash grab failure. Im skeptical of another installment but hey it can only go up from the last one so why the eff not would be something better than what hollywood shits out now a days.
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5:06PM on 07/06/2016
I still maintain that Alien 3 should be maintained as a suspended animation dream. It's a worthy film.

Resurrection, while fun in spots, is pure schlock.
I still maintain that Alien 3 should be maintained as a suspended animation dream. It's a worthy film.

Resurrection, while fun in spots, is pure schlock.
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5:04PM on 07/06/2016
Alien 3 was ok, Alien 4 a huge misstep, so Im fine with the reboot. Its pretty damn easy to explain, been all just a nightmare by Ripley during her sleep in one of those Chambers after her escape in Aliens. Case closed, lets head into this new direction. The fans can choose which timeline they prefer.
Alien 3 was ok, Alien 4 a huge misstep, so Im fine with the reboot. Its pretty damn easy to explain, been all just a nightmare by Ripley during her sleep in one of those Chambers after her escape in Aliens. Case closed, lets head into this new direction. The fans can choose which timeline they prefer.
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4:54PM on 07/06/2016
I really like Alien 3. Resurrection was a significant misstep, though not entirely terrible. Still, Blomkamp can tell the story he wants with the characters he wants to include and I can still enjoy Alien 3 and will hopefully love Blomkamp's movie. I'm happier that an interesting director is doing a new Alien movie than I could be irritated that he's retconing existing stories out of the timeline.
I really like Alien 3. Resurrection was a significant misstep, though not entirely terrible. Still, Blomkamp can tell the story he wants with the characters he wants to include and I can still enjoy Alien 3 and will hopefully love Blomkamp's movie. I'm happier that an interesting director is doing a new Alien movie than I could be irritated that he's retconing existing stories out of the timeline.
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4:26PM on 07/06/2016
I will always go to bat for Alien 3 as I feel it wrapped the series up nicely. I get that this is probably the only way for them to go unless they come up with alternative timelines or a what if storyline where Ripley never crashed on the prison planet. I've always been curious where the series would have gone if they picked up from the ending of Resurrection.
I will always go to bat for Alien 3 as I feel it wrapped the series up nicely. I get that this is probably the only way for them to go unless they come up with alternative timelines or a what if storyline where Ripley never crashed on the prison planet. I've always been curious where the series would have gone if they picked up from the ending of Resurrection.
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4:24PM on 07/06/2016
That seems to be the new "trend" in sequels: Ignore the bad installments. I don't know how they can pull it off in this case. Pretending they didn't happen wouldn't work because those movies were canon (whether people like it or not). Using time travel wouldn't work either because that element has never appeared in the franchise. If they introduce it now, it'll look silly. If RIPLEY and the other survivors from ALIENS wake up, have some adventure, get their memories erased and then go back to
That seems to be the new "trend" in sequels: Ignore the bad installments. I don't know how they can pull it off in this case. Pretending they didn't happen wouldn't work because those movies were canon (whether people like it or not). Using time travel wouldn't work either because that element has never appeared in the franchise. If they introduce it now, it'll look silly. If RIPLEY and the other survivors from ALIENS wake up, have some adventure, get their memories erased and then go back to sleep (which would tie into the beginning of ALIEN 3)... That would be very far-fetched.

I don't even see the point in making another installment. One of the reasons why I didn't like RESURRECTION is that clone wasn't really RIPLEY. I wasn't emotionally involved in the story as I was in the other movies.
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4:57PM on 07/06/2016
Alien 3 could be explained as a literal nightmare in cryo. That's the easiest way to push forward without causing too much uproar I think.
Alien 3 could be explained as a literal nightmare in cryo. That's the easiest way to push forward without causing too much uproar I think.
6:04PM on 07/06/2016
Or they can just literally ignore them. They're the ones in charge of the film. Not fans.
Or they can just literally ignore them. They're the ones in charge of the film. Not fans.
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