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Neill Blomkamp wants to give Ripley a proper ending with his Alien sequel

02.25.2015

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A week ago we learned that a new ALIEN movie was in development from DISTRICT 9 and EYLSIUM director Neill Blomkamp. The man started putting the ideas for the movie together himself and posted some concept art online. Fox got word and his persistence paid off because the studio set him to the director’s chair. The film will be set within the ALIEN universe and father to the franchise, Ridley Scott, will be producing. So far details are limited, but the art did show Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and  Michael Biehn’s Hicks.

Sky Movies was able to get Blomkamp to talk about the film and how it will fit into the franchise.

“I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens, so it’s Alien, Aliens and then this film.”

That’s a pretty direct way of saying he’s paying no attention to ALIEN 3 and ALIEN: RESURRECTION. I’m not sure how Ripley will feel about that time in her life being forgotten, but I’m sure the audience understands that they just weren’t great films. It’s still early, so this could all change.

He also touched on his desire to maintain the “nightmare” element of the franchise:

“It’s a Freudian nightmare. That element to me is what is so appealing; 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 a powder keg of creativity for me.”

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Weaver then spoke about giving Ripley a proper ending:

“I would love to take Ripley out of sort of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story. So when someone like Neill Blomkamp said, ‘Well, I’m interested in finishing the story,’ my little ears perked up… I think it’s a great series. It deserves a proper ending—I know the fans would love that.”

We know when it comes to franchises a true “ending” is hardly ever the case. If Fox makes money with it, they will try and capture lightening in a bottle again and again. This will be Blomkamp’s next movie, so hopefully he doesn’t stop sharing images and ideas over social media during the process. We will be keeping you posted you can bet on that.

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8:04PM on 02/26/2015

3 wasn't that bad.

I would argue that although Aliens 3 doesn't really seem to fit in the overall saga, when viewed by itself it's actually a pretty solid film.

If it has to be overwritten, why not treat it like some kind of cryonic hibernation dream?

Aliens 4 is fun schlock, but i can see why they'd want to write over that one completely.
I would argue that although Aliens 3 doesn't really seem to fit in the overall saga, when viewed by itself it's actually a pretty solid film.

If it has to be overwritten, why not treat it like some kind of cryonic hibernation dream?

Aliens 4 is fun schlock, but i can see why they'd want to write over that one completely.
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7:13PM on 02/26/2015
Bring back Michael Biehn.
Bring back Michael Biehn.
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5:25PM on 02/26/2015
If he goes ahead with this plan, Blumpkin deserves to have his 'Alien' movie eventually flushed down the shitter by someone who didn't like it.
If he goes ahead with this plan, Blumpkin deserves to have his 'Alien' movie eventually flushed down the shitter by someone who didn't like it.
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12:43PM on 02/26/2015
I'm very happy that we're getting Alien 5. Finishing off Ripley's story is what the franchise deserves.

My problem with this news? Whether or not Alien 3 and Resurrection are good or not, they DO exist. The new film should respect that - and tie up the WHOLE franchise.
I'm very happy that we're getting Alien 5. Finishing off Ripley's story is what the franchise deserves.

My problem with this news? Whether or not Alien 3 and Resurrection are good or not, they DO exist. The new film should respect that - and tie up the WHOLE franchise.
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11:29AM on 02/26/2015
I don't think Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection were bad films....don't know why people go that way. Both films are good in their own way. I'm glad Neil is doing his movie, just don't bash on 3 and 4 cause they aint bad at all, they took the characters to places no one expected.
I don't think Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection were bad films....don't know why people go that way. Both films are good in their own way. I'm glad Neil is doing his movie, just don't bash on 3 and 4 cause they aint bad at all, they took the characters to places no one expected.
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11:10AM on 02/26/2015
I'm fine with the retconning of Alien 3 and Resurrection. Just consider them one long "cryo-sleep" nightmare Ripley had. I have faith Neil can bring us a good blend of both Alien and Aliens with his new film.
I'm fine with the retconning of Alien 3 and Resurrection. Just consider them one long "cryo-sleep" nightmare Ripley had. I have faith Neil can bring us a good blend of both Alien and Aliens with his new film.
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10:38AM on 02/26/2015

RIP - HR Giger

I just wish we had the chance at one last HR Giger designed set.

I hope it is more ALIEN and not ALIENS...

While I liked the action packed Aliens movie just fine, I think Ripley (especially in her older age) would be best challenged by one last Alien instead of a whole colony.

We need one spaceship, one Ripley and one Alien.

Anything more has a chance to take away from the film. Doing too much, relying too much on action all seems like a bad idea at this point.
I just wish we had the chance at one last HR Giger designed set.

I hope it is more ALIEN and not ALIENS...

While I liked the action packed Aliens movie just fine, I think Ripley (especially in her older age) would be best challenged by one last Alien instead of a whole colony.

We need one spaceship, one Ripley and one Alien.

Anything more has a chance to take away from the film. Doing too much, relying too much on action all seems like a bad idea at this point.
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10:38AM on 02/26/2015
There was an article on here the other day which suggested all Neill Blomkamp's movies seem to be the same one. Having seen the excellent District 9, the so so Elysium and the trailer for Chappie, I can see why that was said. It then went on to say Aliens might help take him away from that trend. I don't know, loved Aliens and it does feel very much like something Blomkamp might have been inspired by when making the movies he's made. I mean, that Ripley in a machine fight with the Queen
There was an article on here the other day which suggested all Neill Blomkamp's movies seem to be the same one. Having seen the excellent District 9, the so so Elysium and the trailer for Chappie, I can see why that was said. It then went on to say Aliens might help take him away from that trend. I don't know, loved Aliens and it does feel very much like something Blomkamp might have been inspired by when making the movies he's made. I mean, that Ripley in a machine fight with the Queen Alien - isn't there a fight scene like that in all his movies? As for the article - I'm okay with them retrofitting movie franchises in this way but instead of saying - we'll just pretend they didn't happen, I just prefer to think of them as a different timeline.
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9:29AM on 02/26/2015
This news has made my year.
This news has made my year.
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8:44AM on 02/26/2015
Torn. I like Alien3 a lot, even if it wasn't the film it might have been. It ended Ripley's story well (this series should never have an upbeat ending as such) and did something different with the franchise - I like that we had a three film series - Green, Blue and Brown - but then they had to go and make Yellow (Resurrection) and that's just a thoroughly annoying film on most levels.
But, I'm still excited by the idea of Blomkamp taking on the Alien series and if that makes Alien3 into a
Torn. I like Alien3 a lot, even if it wasn't the film it might have been. It ended Ripley's story well (this series should never have an upbeat ending as such) and did something different with the franchise - I like that we had a three film series - Green, Blue and Brown - but then they had to go and make Yellow (Resurrection) and that's just a thoroughly annoying film on most levels.
But, I'm still excited by the idea of Blomkamp taking on the Alien series and if that makes Alien3 into a cheese dream then so be it - I'll still enjoy the film and hopefully this can spawn a new series of Alien movies and allow Prometheus 2 to do its own thing with the "prequel universe" without being overly beholden to explaining the Xenomorphs any further. If Blomkamp just gets to do his thing maybe it'll be great. Will the studio balls it up? Probably. But at least he's trying.
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7:44AM on 02/26/2015
Personally I'm worried as hell. Everyone wants another Aliens but can they possibly do it while Weaver has always been anti-gun? Hell, if she had read the script there would've never been an Aliens as we know it and I highly suspect its because of her Alien 3 had no guns
Personally I'm worried as hell. Everyone wants another Aliens but can they possibly do it while Weaver has always been anti-gun? Hell, if she had read the script there would've never been an Aliens as we know it and I highly suspect its because of her Alien 3 had no guns
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10:48AM on 02/26/2015
Did you not see cabin in the woods or paul. She had a gun in both those movies
Did you not see cabin in the woods or paul. She had a gun in both those movies
11:53AM on 02/26/2015
But were they as action heavy as Aliens?
But were they as action heavy as Aliens?
7:18AM on 02/26/2015

i dont mind ignoring continuity

i enjoy 3 and 4, they're not masterpieces but have strengths and I'm just a sucker for the series regardless of the quality (besides AVP:R). By ignoring them it frees up the series to tell the sequel we've been dying for over two (almost three) decades, why not? I just look at it as an alternative timeline similar to what they do in comics; specifically Alien: Earth War or Star Wars: Dark Empire. Its not like the other films disappear all of a sudden, they'll still be there on my DVD self next
i enjoy 3 and 4, they're not masterpieces but have strengths and I'm just a sucker for the series regardless of the quality (besides AVP:R). By ignoring them it frees up the series to tell the sequel we've been dying for over two (almost three) decades, why not? I just look at it as an alternative timeline similar to what they do in comics; specifically Alien: Earth War or Star Wars: Dark Empire. Its not like the other films disappear all of a sudden, they'll still be there on my DVD self next to more entries of my favorite franchise.
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6:42AM on 02/26/2015

by the way

I would love to see the return of a scarred and badass Hicks, maybe even being noticed by cameron again for future movies, he's at his best with cameron, so is schwarzenegger.
I would love to see the return of a scarred and badass Hicks, maybe even being noticed by cameron again for future movies, he's at his best with cameron, so is schwarzenegger.
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6:38AM on 02/26/2015

wonderfull news

So they didnt go through hell for nothing. Now i can watch Aliens again without the knowledge they will be killed within 5 minutes of the next movie. If Newt, Hicks or Ripley were to die in the next movie i could accept it, so long it is not without a big struggle.
So they didnt go through hell for nothing. Now i can watch Aliens again without the knowledge they will be killed within 5 minutes of the next movie. If Newt, Hicks or Ripley were to die in the next movie i could accept it, so long it is not without a big struggle.
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6:05AM on 02/26/2015

Best news in decades!!!

I'm so freaking ecstatic about this! I seriously hoped that someday this would happen. The little 10 year-old me who wore out his copy of Aliens on VHS is seriously losing his mind right now!
I'm so freaking ecstatic about this! I seriously hoped that someday this would happen. The little 10 year-old me who wore out his copy of Aliens on VHS is seriously losing his mind right now!
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4:05AM on 02/26/2015

That's exactly what I Want!

Forget about Alien3 and Resurrection; just consider them hyper sleep nightmares and start from where we left off in Aliens. Killing Hicks and Newt (and Bishop) off screen because of budget and script reasons was one of the most insulting things anyone could have done to fans of Aliens and an insult to everyone who worked so hard on that movie to make us care for the characters to survive. Alien3 was nothing but a big F*ck U to movie fans. I only saw Alien3 twice (I lost count of how many times
Forget about Alien3 and Resurrection; just consider them hyper sleep nightmares and start from where we left off in Aliens. Killing Hicks and Newt (and Bishop) off screen because of budget and script reasons was one of the most insulting things anyone could have done to fans of Aliens and an insult to everyone who worked so hard on that movie to make us care for the characters to survive. Alien3 was nothing but a big F*ck U to movie fans. I only saw Alien3 twice (I lost count of how many times I saw Alien and Aliens...) , once in the theater and the second time the uncut version; both times I saw nothing but a mediocre/acceptable film. Everyone who loves this movie can just keep doing that and watch it everyday and consider anything Blomkamp puts out as a dream Ripley had while she was bored to death on that prison filled with people no one remembers and no one cares about while the rest of us will just happily go and watch the real sequel (hopefully).
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6:06AM on 02/26/2015
Completely agree.
Completely agree.
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2:31AM on 02/26/2015
I don't care about Resurrection, but I sort of actually enjoy the Assembly Cut of Alien3 (other than the CG Alien, and some of the extended corridor running).

I loved Hicks as much as the next guy, but I wasn't as up in arms about him being killed off as everyone else. I loved the cast of the first Alien but they all died, and killing Hicks and Newt was just utterly depressing, which in my mind is exactly the point of the Alien saga, Ripley CANNOT WIN and life is shit. It made perfect sense
I don't care about Resurrection, but I sort of actually enjoy the Assembly Cut of Alien3 (other than the CG Alien, and some of the extended corridor running).

I loved Hicks as much as the next guy, but I wasn't as up in arms about him being killed off as everyone else. I loved the cast of the first Alien but they all died, and killing Hicks and Newt was just utterly depressing, which in my mind is exactly the point of the Alien saga, Ripley CANNOT WIN and life is shit. It made perfect sense that she'd have to kill herself to end the threat. Hell I didn't even mind Hicks being retconned in Colonial Marines, as the idea was that Ripley still thought he was dead, and was still going through that personal crisis. That shot of her watching the corpses go into the lava is beautifully heart-breaking.

However, having said all that, the more Michael Biehn we get in out lives, the better.
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2:05AM on 02/26/2015

A new era?

This could be the start of something new for the movie industry, as well as an opportunity to right some wrongs.

Instead of endless reboots, which more often than not ruin or bury franchises, they can instead move to "retcons", whereby they leave the original movie (or first couple in the case of the Alien franchise) in a series alone and have a second try at continuing the original series.

Think about all the series that could be saved? Highlander, Aliens, The Matrix to name a
This could be the start of something new for the movie industry, as well as an opportunity to right some wrongs.

Instead of endless reboots, which more often than not ruin or bury franchises, they can instead move to "retcons", whereby they leave the original movie (or first couple in the case of the Alien franchise) in a series alone and have a second try at continuing the original series.

Think about all the series that could be saved? Highlander, Aliens, The Matrix to name a few... maybe one day they could even redo prequels. I for one am dying to see Anakin Skywalker's tragic fall to becoming Darth Vader, I can't believe they've never done that.... ever.
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6:08AM on 02/26/2015
Seriously. Ever since the PT came out and blew epic chunks I've been hoping that someday someone (Disney) might remake the PT but with a more true to 'verse story. What's in my mind based on things said in the OT about Anakin and Obi-Wan as "good friends" and Jedi Knight Generals during a hideous sounding Clone Wars is waaaaay more interesting than anything Lucas shat out.
Seriously. Ever since the PT came out and blew epic chunks I've been hoping that someday someone (Disney) might remake the PT but with a more true to 'verse story. What's in my mind based on things said in the OT about Anakin and Obi-Wan as "good friends" and Jedi Knight Generals during a hideous sounding Clone Wars is waaaaay more interesting than anything Lucas shat out.
7:23AM on 02/26/2015
@SentinelNZ I was thinking the same thing, if this is successful it'll take over the reboot as the franchise viagra some series desperately need.
@SentinelNZ I was thinking the same thing, if this is successful it'll take over the reboot as the franchise viagra some series desperately need.
1:12AM on 02/26/2015
Fincher or no Fincher, if Hicks and Newt died in all versions of Alien 3, there is NO good version of that film in ANY universe.
Fincher or no Fincher, if Hicks and Newt died in all versions of Alien 3, there is NO good version of that film in ANY universe.
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7:48AM on 02/26/2015
There was 6 year gap between the movies and people would probably complain if they had recast the role
There was 6 year gap between the movies and people would probably complain if they had recast the role
10:59PM on 02/25/2015
Bring back Michael Biehn as Dwayne Hicks and I'll watch.
Bring back Michael Biehn as Dwayne Hicks and I'll watch.
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7:52AM on 02/26/2015
I would've never guessed raz
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10:56PM on 02/25/2015

Hell yeah!

Although I didn't hate Aliens 3, it could have been a great film if Fincher was given the creative freedom he gets on everything else today. I'm glad Neil wants to fix what has been so long broken.
Although I didn't hate Aliens 3, it could have been a great film if Fincher was given the creative freedom he gets on everything else today. I'm glad Neil wants to fix what has been so long broken.
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10:35PM on 02/25/2015
I just wish we had gotten the version of Aliens3 that David Fincher wanted us to see without studio alteration of storyline and cuts. Of course he was a new-on-the-scene director... but still.

I don't want to see 3 and 4 totally ignored either.
I just wish we had gotten the version of Aliens3 that David Fincher wanted us to see without studio alteration of storyline and cuts. Of course he was a new-on-the-scene director... but still.

I don't want to see 3 and 4 totally ignored either.
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9:57PM on 02/25/2015

I heard that.

Sweet Justice. I like what I am hearing. Even though I have some love for part three it did feel more like a side story than a sequel, and you should never kill off Ripley unless she goes out with a ecto-suit, bitch-slapping, alien destorying bang!
Sweet Justice. I like what I am hearing. Even though I have some love for part three it did feel more like a side story than a sequel, and you should never kill off Ripley unless she goes out with a ecto-suit, bitch-slapping, alien destorying bang!
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9:56PM on 02/25/2015

Bring back Hicks!

While I've come to appreciate Alien 3, at least the "assembly cut" version, there's still so many holes in it. Hated Resurrection from the moment I saw it.
I would love to see a movie that took a different timeline approach starting after Aliens.
While I've come to appreciate Alien 3, at least the "assembly cut" version, there's still so many holes in it. Hated Resurrection from the moment I saw it.
I would love to see a movie that took a different timeline approach starting after Aliens.
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9:49PM on 02/25/2015

As long as

Ripley wakes up post aliens and makes a comment about some "nightmares" she had that allude to the nightmares being of dreams of alien3 and alien resurrection so that its not entirely thrown out, I am fine with that.
Ripley wakes up post aliens and makes a comment about some "nightmares" she had that allude to the nightmares being of dreams of alien3 and alien resurrection so that its not entirely thrown out, I am fine with that.
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4:12AM on 02/26/2015
That's it; just a line, "I had the two most stupid nightmares you could imagine", 2 seconds and it's done.
That's it; just a line, "I had the two most stupid nightmares you could imagine", 2 seconds and it's done.
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9:12PM on 02/25/2015

I LIKE IT!

I trust Blomkamp and his vision, apparently Weaver does too so I'm totally on board!
I trust Blomkamp and his vision, apparently Weaver does too so I'm totally on board!
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9:10PM on 02/25/2015
So is thisbasically pulling a Superman Returns or will this film just entirely ignore Alien 3 and 4 altogether? Either way, fine by me.
So is thisbasically pulling a Superman Returns or will this film just entirely ignore Alien 3 and 4 altogether? Either way, fine by me.
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9:04PM on 02/25/2015
I have mixed feelings about this. As someone who owns the quadrilogy on blu-ray, the the dvd set before that, I'd hate to see 3 and Resurrection ignored. I know they aren't great, but they've become so much a part of the series to me at this point that I was hoping this new film could in some way to fit it all together.
I have mixed feelings about this. As someone who owns the quadrilogy on blu-ray, the the dvd set before that, I'd hate to see 3 and Resurrection ignored. I know they aren't great, but they've become so much a part of the series to me at this point that I was hoping this new film could in some way to fit it all together.
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8:52PM on 02/25/2015
It does need a proper ending as Aliens: Resurrection didn't do Ripley enough justice, though that movie is a guilty pleasure of mine.
It does need a proper ending as Aliens: Resurrection didn't do Ripley enough justice, though that movie is a guilty pleasure of mine.
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