Director James Cameron appeared at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 as part of a Hall H’s Aliens anniversary retrospective on Saturday afternoon, and afterwards he did some press where he talked about his upcoming four Avatar sequels, the possibility of an Avatar television series, his thoughts on filmmaker Neill Blomkamp‘s Aliens sequel, an update on the long awaited Abyss Blu-ray release and more.
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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 Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien sequel plans may be on hold indefinitely, but it looks like he’s staying in business with 20th Century Fox. The studio has just acquired The Gone World, the forthcoming novel by Tomorrow and Tomorrow author Thomas Sweterlitsch, and Blomkamp is now in talks to write and direct it. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
After all that fuss, it looks like the only Alien sequel we’ll be getting in the foreseeable future is Ridley Scott‘s. Director Neill Blomkamp has confirmed that his Alien movie has been put on hold indefinitely, and that he’ll be moving on to other projects. See the Neill Blomkamp Alien announcement after the jump. Read More »
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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Earlier this summer, we featured a very brief look at the visual effects that helped bring Neill Blomkamp‘s futuristic fairytale Chappie to life. A live performance on set was done with Sharlto Copley (District 9), and then the actor was replaced entirely with visual effects, and now we get to see just how perfectly the effects mirror Copley’s performance.
Watch the Chappie visual effects breakdown after the jump! Read More »