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Blomkamp: “I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 & Alien Resurrection”

There’s yet another new interview with Sigourney Weaver and Neill Blomkamp over on French movie site Allocine. Weaver recounts how her and Blomkamp got talking about the project last year. Neill Blomkamp goes on to say he wants Alien 5 to be connected to Alien and Aliens but he’s “not trying to undo Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection“. How exactly the new Alien movie is going to fit in the timeline while preserving continuity is going to be a bit of a mystery. Sigourney ends the interview by saying the film will be very organic and she’s looking forward to being with Ripley again.

Thanks to shakermakerman for the news.



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  1. NickisSmart
    Granted, GI is far from Scott's best film, and with Legend, I like the director's cut. Not his best work, either, and his strange inclusion of midgets and Tom Cruise kind of mar the film, but Tim Curry is a total boss.
  2. NetworkATTH
    I may be among the minority (I really don't know), but I would be absolutely fine with Blomkamp making Alien 3 & Resurrection dreams that Ripley had while in hypersleep. As a matter of fact, I would be thrilled.

    No you sound like all the other ALIENS fanboys out there, so no need to worry.

    And you don't sound like an Alien 3 fanboy?  We're all fanboys by the sheer fact of us talking on these forums.   ::)

    Only when ALIENS fanboys walk around spewing their dreck about the movies and the franchise as if their word is the truth - Cameron is God, ALIENS is the Bible and that's the way it is. All that smothering self-entitlement and intrusive exceptionalism just pisses me off. In fact ALIENS fandom is one of the reasons I've drifted away from this franchise. A5 might be the last nail in the coffin.

    I really don't understand how you could generalize Cameron as an abominable director when Ridley Scott has made his fair share of bombs like GI Jane and Legend, and really, many others
  3. SpreadEagleBeagle
    I may be among the minority (I really don't know), but I would be absolutely fine with Blomkamp making Alien 3 & Resurrection dreams that Ripley had while in hypersleep. As a matter of fact, I would be thrilled.

    No you sound like all the other ALIENS fanboys out there, so no need to worry.

    And you don't sound like an Alien 3 fanboy?  We're all fanboys by the sheer fact of us talking on these forums.   ::)

    Only when ALIENS fanboys walk around spewing their dreck about the movies and the franchise as if their word is the truth - Cameron is God, ALIENS is the Bible and that's the way it is. All that smothering self-entitlement and intrusive exceptionalism just pisses me off. In fact ALIENS fandom is one of the reasons I've drifted away from this franchise. A5 might be the last nail in the coffin.
  4. Perfect-Organism
    I may be among the minority (I really don't know), but I would be absolutely fine with Blomkamp making Alien 3 & Resurrection dreams that Ripley had while in hypersleep. As a matter of fact, I would be thrilled.

    No you sound like all the other ALIENS fanboys out there, so no need to worry.

    And you don't sound like an Alien 3 fanboy?  We're all fanboys by the sheer fact of us talking on these forums.   ::)
  5. RakaiThwei
    The fact Alien 5 will take place years after Prometheus 2, Got me thinking that, This could very well be an alternate reality of the Alien universe, You can take things to different directions.

    Which is how I see things, and am believing how things are shaping out to be considering Blomkamp's statement that he was ignoring Alien 3 and Resurrection, but not undoing them. Just not a lot of people want to see it that way.

    I would really rather they either stay canon or just get ignored.  Making something "all just a dream" is like the worst of both worlds - it makes an element unnecessary while preserving it in the canon.  It also strikes me as awkward as hell, possibly because it's such a cliche.

    This... I really hope Blomkamp doesn't make Alien 3 and Resurrection as dreams. I just find that downright insulting.
  6. Doktor Wunderbar
    I would really rather they either stay canon or just get ignored.  Making something "all just a dream" is like the worst of both worlds - it makes an element unnecessary while preserving it in the canon.  It also strikes me as awkward as hell, possibly because it's such a cliche.
  7. Greggors
    I may be among the minority (I really don't know), but I would be absolutely fine with Blomkamp making Alien 3 & Resurrection dreams that Ripley had while in hypersleep. As a matter of fact, I would be thrilled.
  8. Greggors
    I remember when Alien 3 came out, and the outrage wasn't necessarily due to the fact that Hicks and Newt were killed off, but instead because of the permanence of Ripley's demise.  Mediocre film, atrocious script, and Ripley meeting a miserable fate after being put through Hell in the three films.
  9. TigerClaw
    The fact Alien 5 will take place years after Prometheus 2, Got me thinking that, This could very well be an alternate reality of the Alien universe, You can take things to different directions.
  10. SpreadEagleBeagle
    Keep in mind that when Scott directed Alien he only had "A boy and his bicycle" and "The Duellists" on his resume. A student film and a modestly well-received low budget art film.

    Cameron only had Piranha II and The Terminator.

    David Fincher only had a few music videos on his resume before his debut film, Alien 3.

    I think Blomkamp's credentials already outstrip those directors who went before him. Not to say there's no chance of him messing it up, but the odds are good that it will be a decent film.

    What I liked about ALIEN and A3 is that it still had that film school respect for the craft and art of the film medium since both Scott and Fincher were still pretty fresh. I love Scott's early films and I find them far superior to his newer movies. Fincher has been pretty consistent, but A3 is one of his better films due to the restrictions and constraints. The tortured artist really applies.

    The only Cameron film I really like is actually The Terminator. So much better than T2.
  11. ash9426
    I am very happy that the film is in Blomkamp's hands. This guys love for the sci-fi genre is admirable. I was very impressed with D9 and I was even more impressed with his short movies. He is a passionate guy and I hope he brings that passion to this new Alien project. The series needs someone like Blomkamp :)

    I'm also excited that for the first time the series will be directed by a guy from my generation (more or less ;) ). Someone who grew up with these movies.  He knows he can't mess it up :P

    PS. I know this could all go sideways, Prometheus taught me that lesson. But I try to stay optimistic :)
  12. The Eighth Passenger
    Keep in mind that when Scott directed Alien he only had "A boy and his bicycle" and "The Duellists" on his resume. A student film and a modestly well-received low budget art film.

    Cameron only had Piranha II and The Terminator.

    David Fincher only had a few music videos on his resume before his debut film, Alien 3.

    I think Blomkamp's credentials already outstrip those directors who went before him. Not to say there's no chance of him messing it up, but the odds are good that it will be a decent film.
  13. SpreadEagleBeagle
    Yeah, the guy's obviously worthless. Four Academy nominations for District 9 (including best picture) what the hell do they know eh?

    Awards mean very little. Plenty of acknowledged amazing directors and movies out there that no one knows about. It's the studios and money that call the shots.

    Never said he's worthless. Great conceptual works, but his director ability/skills is nothing spectacular. At best mediocre. I liked District9 despite the crappy second half. Had high hopes for Elysium but was deeply disappointed, and what I've seen and heard so far about Chappie does not make me feel confident in him directing an actual Alien movie.
  14. SpreadEagleBeagle
    I never said he 'can't do it', I was asking a simple question:

    I've heard people say that Elysium was "boring"; can I take that to mean that Blomkamp is at least capable of making a film that 'breathes' a little more? Like, you know... an Alien film?

    I'm confident in his aesthetic sense; his designs and atmospheres are  and over all concepts are great, but that is about it. Everything else feels juvenile, clumsy, haphazard and lacks nerve, despite the conceptual potential of each project. I don't think he has the integrity and what it takes as a director to take on an Alien film, unless he just goes the easy route and decides to carbon copy one of the more popular Alien movies *cough!*
  15. Omegamorph
    The point is that was a stand-alone film, and we haven't seen how Blomkamp exactly behaves when making a sequel to a third party, estabilished property. Also, both Alien and Aliens have their quick cuts when they need to.
  16. Mr. Clemens
    I just finally saw District 9 last week, and I'm hard-pressed to think of a shot in the movie that was more than three seconds long. I've heard people say that Elysium was "boring"; can I take that to mean that Blomkamp is at least capable of making a film that 'breathes' a little more? Like, you know... an Alien film?
  17. Jman
    Of course, Ripley's death would have to have not ever happened. Just a thought on what would may have been a more acceptable storyline to the fans.
  18. T Dog
    In my recent previous post, the idea of reshuffled order of events happening in the movie series would have allowed much more impact of the Fury161 storyline, since it would have been Alien2 instead, and also allowed Newt, Hicks, and maybe even a few other characters to survive later on. Aliens would then have been the THIRD film in the saga. That would have left another movie starring Newt & Hicks wide open, because I agree that is sucked to see them survive the hell on LV426, only to die at the beginning of A3.  That chronological order of events would also have kept the storyline of Alien Resurrection, where 200 years later scientists get hold of Ripley's blood on Fury161, completely intact. A simple reshuffling would have worked wonders, and made more people happy, in my opinion.

    Interesting idea. Only problem is Ripley dies at the end of 3!
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