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Michael Biehn reveals details about Blomkamp's shelved ALIEN sequel

11.23.2015

There seemed to be a good deal of disappointment going around when Neill Blomkamp's plans for an ALIEN sequel were stuck on the shelf, in favor of Ridley Scott getting a clear runway to go ahead and make PROMETHEUS 2 ALIEN: PARADISE LOST ALIEN: COVENANT. Fueled by the enthusiasm for a batch of cool concept art imagery, a segment of fans preferred something more Ripley-based if the series was going to keep going over more Engineers. However, that might not have been entirely the case for what Blomkamp was looking to do with ALIEN 5 or whatever the hell he was planning on calling it.

In an interview with Icons of Fright, Michael Biehn, who had been rumored to return for the film considering he appeared alongside Sigourney Weaver in that artwork, revealed that Blomkamp had something more in mind that would be a passing of the torch in order to keep the ALIEN franchise alive in future years, beyond Ellen Ripley.

I think when they put that out there and have pictures with me as Hicks again, people were excited and though I’m not into online stuff much, my kids saw a lot about it on Reddit. They were excited. 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. It would keep the franchise alive and the studios would make money, because that’s what the bottom line is now: money. That’s why you end up seeing TERMINATOR 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 10 and THE FAST AND FURIOUS 7, 8, 9, and 10. So when that happens, the ALIENS film, maybe that will be one more movie that I can make a mark with, plus, Neill is such a talented guy. When I saw DISTRICT 9 for the first time, I was glued to my seat, going “wow”. So I’m hopeful for that one.

A returning Newt in a movie that ignores everything from ALIEN 3 on that would lead into future chapters of the series with a new heroine at the center of it all? I get the feeling some of your excitement is waning since you began reading this article.

But for those of you still on-board, Biehn doesn't think this film is done yet, believing it would be an embarassment for everyone to not figure out a way to get this picture made whenever the window of opportunity for it opens back up.

They’re talking about doing another ALIENS movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney (Weaver) has come out and announced it. The basic idea is acting like ALIEN3 and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamp’s site, everyone can see all of the artwork for that. 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 (now titled ALIEN: COVENANT) 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.

Is there still a shot of Blomkamp making this film, or has the moment passed? Do you still want this ALIEN 5 idea, or is the better choice for future exploration ALIEN: COVENANT? Some interesting questions to consider and answer, so feel free to do so in the discussion below.

ALIEN: COVENANT docks in theaters on October 6, 2017.

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11:13AM on 11/24/2015

THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION WOULD HAVE BEEN BACK TO BACK

They could have done what Back to the Future did with part 2 and 3 .... Ridley's around Christmas time and Neils' around the summer time .... that would have been awesome --- But these days, these mega companies are afraid of loosing money, and yet they will get caught with their pants down by that one movie ... ex FF!
They could have done what Back to the Future did with part 2 and 3 .... Ridley's around Christmas time and Neils' around the summer time .... that would have been awesome --- But these days, these mega companies are afraid of loosing money, and yet they will get caught with their pants down by that one movie ... ex FF!
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8:34AM on 11/24/2015
I want to see Scott's and Blomkamp's movies, but clearly Ridley Scott holds more sway over the franchise and the studio so gets to do his thing first. I still think Prometheus 2 directed by James Cameron would have been fun (and 3 by Fincher if he wanted it). I don't agree with retconning Alien 3 and Resurrection out of existence though. I love Alien 3 - it's still a cool film despite all the problems they had making it, and was a great ending to the trilogy. Alien Resurrection basically sucks
I want to see Scott's and Blomkamp's movies, but clearly Ridley Scott holds more sway over the franchise and the studio so gets to do his thing first. I still think Prometheus 2 directed by James Cameron would have been fun (and 3 by Fincher if he wanted it). I don't agree with retconning Alien 3 and Resurrection out of existence though. I love Alien 3 - it's still a cool film despite all the problems they had making it, and was a great ending to the trilogy. Alien Resurrection basically sucks - I can see why they wanted to make it and it had a few nice ideas, but the tone of the film is all over the place and just doesn't really work. Thing about Resurrection is, you don't need to say it didn't happen (canonically) - it's a Ripley clone in the distant future (compared to the other films) - it doesn't really affect any of the other films. But I don't agree with retconning films, even a bad one, out of the official timeline. Ripley's 3 film arc was great - if they did stuff with her DNA once she was dead, so be it - but she had her time and she died. I don't see the point in trying to change that with actors that are so much older.
You see it with every successful film franchise - the studios desperately trying to keep them going when actors and scenarios have a finite shelf-life. If Blomkamp has a decent idea to rejuvenate the Alien franchise, I'm all for it. You kinda get the impression Ridley Scott didn't want Prometheus to be as much of an Alien prequel as he's turning it into now - might not be the case but that's how it seems, but I'm happy to see more from either director.
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7:59AM on 11/24/2015
I can see if this sequel to Prometheus is profitable. They'll give the go ahead to Alien 5.
I can see if this sequel to Prometheus is profitable. They'll give the go ahead to Alien 5.
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6:07AM on 11/24/2015
Fuck Newt, she's dead.
Fuck Newt, she's dead.
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3:40AM on 11/24/2015

I dont know...

I rather see this new Alien film instead of the sequel to Prometheus, but i'm not excited about the part where they pretend 3 and 4 never happened.
I rather see this new Alien film instead of the sequel to Prometheus, but i'm not excited about the part where they pretend 3 and 4 never happened.
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10:49PM on 11/23/2015

I'm fine with putting it on the shelf.

I was a huge fan of District 9, but I thought Elysium and Chappie were unmitigated disasters. I don't know how he'd handle directing one episode of a franchise, but think he needs to wait until he's achieved something recent. This series has had enough misfires, it needs to stay away from another one.
I was a huge fan of District 9, but I thought Elysium and Chappie were unmitigated disasters. I don't know how he'd handle directing one episode of a franchise, but think he needs to wait until he's achieved something recent. This series has had enough misfires, it needs to stay away from another one.
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10:26PM on 11/23/2015
I'm down! I have enjoyed all of Blomkamps films, even Chappie which was probably my least favorite. I did enjoy Chappie, and liked it for the most part. It was definitely a unique film.
I'm down! I have enjoyed all of Blomkamps films, even Chappie which was probably my least favorite. I did enjoy Chappie, and liked it for the most part. It was definitely a unique film.
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7:41PM on 11/23/2015
Really disappointed this one got delayed. But considering that Elysium, and Chappie couldn't quite deliver the success and critical acclaim of District 9, it makes sense that the studio would want to wait a bit longer.

But I would love to see Weaver and Biehn back on the big screen again. Wrinkles, grey hair and all.
Really disappointed this one got delayed. But considering that Elysium, and Chappie couldn't quite deliver the success and critical acclaim of District 9, it makes sense that the studio would want to wait a bit longer.

But I would love to see Weaver and Biehn back on the big screen again. Wrinkles, grey hair and all.
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6:58PM on 11/23/2015
Even if 3 and 4 weren't great, I'm not a fan of just ignoring previous films. I have the blu-ray boxset, and it would feel wrong to ignore the other films, even if they weren't as good. I'd feel better about Alien 5 if there was a plot idea, not just passing the torch in order to make more money.
Even if 3 and 4 weren't great, I'm not a fan of just ignoring previous films. I have the blu-ray boxset, and it would feel wrong to ignore the other films, even if they weren't as good. I'd feel better about Alien 5 if there was a plot idea, not just passing the torch in order to make more money.
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4:59PM on 11/23/2015

I think he's wrong here...

"...with ALIENS taking place thousands of years later,"??? I'm not sure that's the right timeline. Anyone?
"...with ALIENS taking place thousands of years later,"??? I'm not sure that's the right timeline. Anyone?
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8:29PM on 11/23/2015
Yeah, what the hell is he talking about!? Alien takes place less than thirty years after Prometheus (not that I consider Prometheus to be canon, but...). Then Aliens takes place 57 years after Alien, for a grand total of 87 years. How did he end up with "thousands of years"?
Yeah, what the hell is he talking about!? Alien takes place less than thirty years after Prometheus (not that I consider Prometheus to be canon, but...). Then Aliens takes place 57 years after Alien, for a grand total of 87 years. How did he end up with "thousands of years"?
12:41AM on 11/24/2015
Probably from some previous draft of the original script that he's recalling. Remember, there weren't any rules for what's what while Aliens was being made.
Probably from some previous draft of the original script that he's recalling. Remember, there weren't any rules for what's what while Aliens was being made.
4:53PM on 11/23/2015
I want Blomkamp's project to come to fruition no matter how long I have to wait. I'll see Alien: Covenant because I'm an alien fan, but I have extremely low expectations for it considering how much of a train-wreck Prometheus was. Even in the face of Scott's recent success with The Martian, I have lost all faith in his ability to remember what made this series great and how one should approach continuing/connecting it to other stories in a shared universe.
I want Blomkamp's project to come to fruition no matter how long I have to wait. I'll see Alien: Covenant because I'm an alien fan, but I have extremely low expectations for it considering how much of a train-wreck Prometheus was. Even in the face of Scott's recent success with The Martian, I have lost all faith in his ability to remember what made this series great and how one should approach continuing/connecting it to other stories in a shared universe.
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