While Sir Ridley Scott is currently shooting Alien: Covenant in Australia, Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien sequel remains on hold. Because Scott was adamant about his follow-up to Prometheus reaching theaters first, Blomkamp and star Sigourney Weaver have gone off to work on other projects, at least in the meantime. There was — and there probably still is — some doubt over whether the sequel will get made, but Weaver remains confident it’ll happen.
Below, get the latest Alien sequel update from Sigourney Weaver.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
Alien Day may be a fake holiday cooked up to promote Alien-related products and projects, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and enjoy it. Director Neill Blomkamp, for one, got in on the festivities by unveiling a bit of concept art from his delayed Alien sequel that Sigourney Weaver says is still happening. It’s especially intriguing because it shows an adult Newt, fitting with earlier reports that the film would ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
At one point, it looked like the Alien franchise could branch off into two directions, with Ridley Scott helming a series of Prometheus movies while Neill Blomkamp revived the Alien films. But then Blomkamp’s Alien movie was put on hold and then delayed indefinitely while Scott finished Prometheus 2 — which was subsequently renamed Alien: Covenant. At this point, it’s unclear when we’ll see Blomkamp’s planned Alien sequel. But star Sigourney Weaver assures fans the project is still on. It’s just a matter of when. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Neill Blomkamp‘s proposed Aliens sequel is probably not going to get made. The District 9 director ignited a whole tank full of flammable internet passion when he revealed that he was developing a direct sequel to James Cameron’s 1986 classic, which would’ve ignored the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection and followed Ellen Ripley and a no-longer-dead Corporal Dwayne Hicks on a new horror-tinged sci-fi adventure. Fans were split: some loved the idea of revisiting these characters while others thought it was an insult to the franchise and to the flawed-but-fascinating sequels.
In any case, Ridley Scott, the godfather of this whole series and the director of the original 1979 Alien, put an end to Blomkamp’s movie by moving ahead with Alien: Covenant, the sequel to his Alien prequel, Prometheus (this probably sounds very confusing to non-initiated). However, this hasn’t stopped actor Michael Biehn, who played Hicks in Aliens, from chatting about Blomkamp’s vision, which would have reunited Ripley with Newt, her surrogate daughter.
For word on what could have been with Blomkamp’s Aliens sequel, hit the jump.
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Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
There are a handful of science fiction movies that arrived at just the right time and place to dig their hooks into an entire generation and dictate the look of countless future movies. Soon, all dystopias looked like Blade Runner. All spaceships started to look battered and personal, like in Star Wars. The influence of James Cameron’s Aliens may not ring quite as loud, but you can feel its sticky, razor-sharp tendrils in countless movies and even more video games. Cameron’s Colonial Marines have become the template for the science fiction military hero.
Which brings us to the point we’re trying to make here – everyone remembers the pulse rifle. The weapon of choice for most of the brave, doomed soldiers who lost their lives on LV-426. So when director Neill Blomkamp shows off a new version of this famous movie weapon as part of that new Alien movie he’s supposedly making, we have to sit up and take notice.
Hit the jump for the first look at the new Alien pulse rifle.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus 2 finally seems to be on track, with shooting expected to begin in January 2016. But there’s been no word yet on a timetable for that other Alien movie, the one being directed by Neill Blomkamp. Turns out Prometheus 2 might be the reason why.
Rumor has it 20th Century Fox is holding off on Blomkamp’s Alien 5, which Scott is also producing, until Prometheus 2 is done. More about the Prometheus 2 Alien 5 delay after the jump. Read More »
After District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp teased concept art from an Alien franchise movie that he’d been working on outside of 20the Century Fox, the studio decided to pick up the sci-fi sequel, and it’s now supposed to be his next project.
Since then, Blomkamp has only teased one more piece of concept art, and while there’s been some talk about this new movie disregarding the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, it’s not entirely clear how the new film will settle in with the previous chapters of the Alien franchise.
However, it appears Blomkamp is hard at work developing the movie as the filmmaker recently shared a photo on Instagram showing off what appears to be his own personal Alien room, with four televisions and what looks like a bunch of concept art for his forthcoming movie. Check out the cool Neill Blomkamp Alien room below! Read More »
Neill Blomkamp revealed his ideas for a new Alien movie, and soon after his deal to make them a reality, during the promotional runup to his latest film, Chappie. Now that Chappie has been out for a couple weeks, all the focus is likely to go to Alien in the months going forward. And in a new podcast appearance, Blomkamp is already talking about the upcoming film. Specifically, he talks about its relationship to Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus films, saying that he had to change one thing in order to avoid getting in Scott’s way. Read More »
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Neill Blomkamp debuted his ideas for a new Alien film via concept art that very clearly showed Hicks, the hero from Aliens who is killed in the opening shots of Alien 3. And his first comments on video about the project, released yesterday, seemed very clear. “There’s Alien, and Aliens, then this film,” he said. That, along with comments from Sigourney Weaver about giving Ripley’s story a proper ending, all made a clear point: this upcoming film will basically ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
But now Blomkamp says his intent is not to undo the third and fourth movies — it’s just that he wants his film to connect to Alien and Aliens. Read More »
Fox is making Neill Blomkamp‘s new Alien movie, and Sigourney Weaver is definitely on board to reprise her Ellen Ripley role. And while we still don’t know the story, despite the teasing glimpses provided in concept art such as the pieces above, we do know something new: Blomkamp’s Alien will basically disregard Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection as the director says he’s designing the film to sit in sequence after Aliens.
Check out a video interview with Blomkamp and Weaver discussing the next Alien film, below. Read More »