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Neill Blomkamp on altering his Alien story because of Prometheus 2 and more

03.23.2015

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This probably says more about PROMETHEUS 2 than Neill Blomkamp's Alien film, but is interesting none-the-less. Last we heard regarding both films is that Blomkamp's Alien story would take place AFTER the events of PROMETHEUS 2. Interesting news considering that PROMETHEUS is a prequel to ALIEN, and Blomkamp's flick seems to at least take place after ALIENS. Furthermore, it looks like the story for PROMETHEUS 2 might be a little further along than we thought, as Scott requested that Blomkamp make an alteration to his movie as to not interfere with Ridley's sequel. You can check out what Blomkamp had to say on that matter as well as a few other juicy tidbits below!

Neill Blomkamp on why he released the concept art before he knew he was doing the movie:

I didn't even think I was going to make any film, let alone a large studio film, but I was like - it came from a place of love, it came from a place of me being a fan and I was like, if I'm a fan then other fan's should see the stuff. At least here's one person's take on it.

Terri Tatchell (Blomkamp's wife and writing partner) on what she told Neill in order to convince him to do the Alien movie:

'Look at what you make me drink my orange juice out of every morning.' And I pulled out of the cupboard - we have these set of glasses that have these brutal scenes from the [ALIEN] movies. 'You make your daughter drink out of these cups! This is a sign!'

Changing his story because of PROMETHEUS 2:

I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make.

Blomkamp on the title for his Alien film:

I sent what I wanted as the title to Ridley [Scott]. It's kinda quite bold, and he was like, 'I really like that. I'm going to test it, although I don't think it's gonna work. ' So I have my own idea, but it also sort of gives away too much if I say the title. But in the event that it doesn't work, I'm kinda like dead in the water.

We had assumed that PROMETHEUS 2 would depart more from the ALIEN franchise, but perhaps there is still a common thread? I'd be very interested in hearing what had to be changed but from the sound of it, it's nothing game changing. That aside, I'm very happy to hear that Twentieth Century Fox, Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver are all supporting this endeavor. Something tells me this is really going to bode well for Alien fans, so a big thanks to Blomkamp's wife in advance!

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Source: Empire

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10:05PM on 03/23/2015
So are we going to have some crazy black hole/wom hole time travel crap. Where Ripley ends up creating the Engineers, that create the aliens so they can kill the humans, but they don't realize that we created them so that they could create us. Yah sounds good.
So are we going to have some crazy black hole/wom hole time travel crap. Where Ripley ends up creating the Engineers, that create the aliens so they can kill the humans, but they don't realize that we created them so that they could create us. Yah sounds good.
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7:41PM on 03/23/2015

yeah it was clear in the first announcement

This Alien movie is being made with close ties to Prometheus 2. This is about gluing Prometheus and Alien together better.
This Alien movie is being made with close ties to Prometheus 2. This is about gluing Prometheus and Alien together better.
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6:29PM on 03/23/2015

I call it...

... after Aliens, alien 3 and 4 was a bad "cryo" dream, Ripley and Hicks have sleep for about 25-30 years !
... after Aliens, alien 3 and 4 was a bad "cryo" dream, Ripley and Hicks have sleep for about 25-30 years !
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7:54PM on 03/23/2015
wow, you mean you came up with that all on your own and no one except for the millions of fans have thought up that scenario? YOU CALLED IT BRO!
wow, you mean you came up with that all on your own and no one except for the millions of fans have thought up that scenario? YOU CALLED IT BRO!
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2:12PM on 03/23/2015
He was given a lot of leeway after district 9, and what he has done with his artistic freedom has been terribly underwhelming. I'm actually surprised after two massive bombs he would be allowed such a big property.
Maybe he is still developing his craft, but it looks like he was more hype than anything else.
He was given a lot of leeway after district 9, and what he has done with his artistic freedom has been terribly underwhelming. I'm actually surprised after two massive bombs he would be allowed such a big property.
Maybe he is still developing his craft, but it looks like he was more hype than anything else.
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2:31PM on 03/23/2015
Two massive bombs? "Chappie" - Production Budget - 49 million. Already made 71 million and still going. "Elysium" - Production budget - 115 million. Made 286 million worldwide. You call this bombs?
It's not all about how much money is made, but more about the quality. I do not know about "Chappie" but I do think "Elysium" was quality film.
James Gunn's "Slither" cost 15 million to make and it only made 12 million. Does the earnings make it a bad movie?
Two massive bombs? "Chappie" - Production Budget - 49 million. Already made 71 million and still going. "Elysium" - Production budget - 115 million. Made 286 million worldwide. You call this bombs?
It's not all about how much money is made, but more about the quality. I do not know about "Chappie" but I do think "Elysium" was quality film.
James Gunn's "Slither" cost 15 million to make and it only made 12 million. Does the earnings make it a bad movie?
2:55PM on 03/23/2015
I think being forced to write to an established universe will benefit him. The production quality of his movies have been top notch,is the narratives that have failed to hold audiences as district 9 did. People overlooked the political nature of district 9 because it was new and interesting material but by chapie and elysium it was grating. It will be more difficult for him to insert his politics into alien because of the defined narrative, but it'll also make for a better movie as he will be
I think being forced to write to an established universe will benefit him. The production quality of his movies have been top notch,is the narratives that have failed to hold audiences as district 9 did. People overlooked the political nature of district 9 because it was new and interesting material but by chapie and elysium it was grating. It will be more difficult for him to insert his politics into alien because of the defined narrative, but it'll also make for a better movie as he will be focused on a quality story over message sending.
3:06PM on 03/23/2015
You're right! And District 9 is waaay overrated anyway.
You're right! And District 9 is waaay overrated anyway.
3:18PM on 03/23/2015
Justinjwl, that's a good point. But I think with the Alien franchise, especially by the time you get to the period involving ALIENS, there is the underlying story thread of "The Corporation" running everything on Earth. I know it's not the main part of the Alien movies, but it's a story thread that is in line with what Blomkamp has done in his past movies. So I wouldn't be surprised if it figures largely in his film. As long as it's not the focal point of the movie, then it should be
Justinjwl, that's a good point. But I think with the Alien franchise, especially by the time you get to the period involving ALIENS, there is the underlying story thread of "The Corporation" running everything on Earth. I know it's not the main part of the Alien movies, but it's a story thread that is in line with what Blomkamp has done in his past movies. So I wouldn't be surprised if it figures largely in his film. As long as it's not the focal point of the movie, then it should be fine.

I haven't seen Chappie, but I thought Elysium was pretty good. Not sure why everyone thought the political message was rammed down our throats in the film as it was the focal point of the entire plot, what did you expect? I didn't think it was any more prevalent than District 9's commentary on apartheid in South Africa (which IMO, was far more prevalent than Elysium's commentary on class warfare).
2:04PM on 03/23/2015
Will he also be altering his 'Alien' story because of 'Alien 3'?
Will he also be altering his 'Alien' story because of 'Alien 3'?
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1:20PM on 03/23/2015
Really excited to see how the two films affect one another.
Really excited to see how the two films affect one another.
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1:10PM on 03/23/2015
Why wouldn't Alien 5 take place after Prometheus 2? Prometheus 2 probably takes place nearly 200 years or more before Alien 5 will.
Why wouldn't Alien 5 take place after Prometheus 2? Prometheus 2 probably takes place nearly 200 years or more before Alien 5 will.
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3:53PM on 03/23/2015
That's was exactly what I was thinking. Maybe...it doesn't somehow?
That's was exactly what I was thinking. Maybe...it doesn't somehow?
12:57PM on 03/23/2015
I really hope that his artworks, at least some, would make it into final movie.
I really hope that his artworks, at least some, would make it into final movie.
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