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Michael Biehn “Optimistic” About Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5

Michael Biehn is currently in attendance at the Sheffield Film and Comic Con. I’m also at the convention and Michael Biehn just finished his talk. It primarily focused on his work aside from Aliens but the topic of Alien 5 inevitably came up.

Biehn confirmed that Neill Blomkamp had talked to him about Alien 5 but he hasn’t read a script nor has he been offered a role. He also confirmed that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 will in fact be ignoring Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection as if they never happened.

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Biehn also spoke briefly about his relationship with Neill Blomkamp. Neill had asked Biehn to audition for a role on Chappie. He didn’t specify which role but he did say that he recorded a tape and sent it off but ultimately didn’t get the role. Despite this Biehn said he was “certain” he would be in Alien 5 and he was “optimistic” about Alien 5.

Michael Biehn at the Sheffield Film & Comic-Con Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn at the Sheffield Film & Comic-Con

It’s been speculated that Michael Biehn would be reprising his role as Corporal Hicks ever since Neill Blomkamp shared his Alien 5 concept art at the start of the year. It showed a much older Corporal Hicks with the left side of his face burnt by acid.

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  1. THE CITY HUNTER
    What more can we do for Ripley she has faced Alien and Aliens the way it is going is like a happy hollywood ending even Weaver hinted that:
     but she implied she’d be involved when a fan asked if Ripley could get a happy ending in the new movie.

    “Well – it’s certainly something we’ve discussed,” she replied. “I agree, she’s had kind of a crap life. Many interruptions.”
     :( >:( :-X :-\
  2. Ash 937

    I can't remember who posted it - someone on my Facebook but can't recall who - said that Biehn said they were looking to recast Newt with a 29/30 yo actress and that the idea would be Ripley would sort of pass on the torch to Newt. I can't find the frigging source though.

    So that would mean that the franchise would get passed on to another female lead. 

    What are the odds that Hicks dies twice in the Alien universe?
    :laugh:

    The torch passing dynamic is rather odd seeing as Ripley's contact with the alien was rather brief (a few days at most). If this is the case, how will it play out for the audience perceiving the plot? Are we to assume that xenomorphs were terrorizing the universe up until Newt turned 30?

    From I've seen of this franchise, anything is possible.  Alien3 had face huggers that seemed to appear out of nowhere and Alien Resurrection showed us that you could somehow clone a human with an alien inside of you.  All of a sudden the notion of a universe terrorized by aliens doesn't seem so odd...


    We don't know what's happened in those interim years yet.

    Exactly.  Newt could be completely different as an adult.  Thinking the difference between Sarah Conor in the original Terminator film and Judgement Day. 

  3. THE CITY HUNTER
    You realise you still get to keep your copy of Alien 3 right?  I just hope we see them explore some alt timelines, whether in books, film or comics or video games...
    But the story,the characters they were amazing i dont wont them chucked out of the timeline.

    You honestly don't have to follow the "official canon" if you dont want to. Its not like they are getting rid of every single copy of alien 3 out there.
    but i would like it to be cannon just like the FEAR expansion games were chucked out because of the shitty FEAR 3
  4. ts124
    You realise you still get to keep your copy of Alien 3 right?  I just hope we see them explore some alt timelines, whether in books, film or comics or video games...
    But the story,the characters they were amazing i dont wont them chucked out of the timeline.

    You honestly don't have to follow the "official canon" if you dont want to. Its not like they are getting rid of every single copy of alien 3 out there.
  5. System Apollo
    Sure, you'll always get some people who didn't like it. But overall I'd say it's safe to call it a big success.

    The same can't really be said of the vast majority of 80s/90s restart films that have come out in recent years. To be honest, most of them were greeted with a pretty indifferent response at best.
    True, very true.

    And even more true, I felt as if some of them got a lot of mixed reviews as well. There's something about Hollywood trying to amplify the intensity behind some of the old iconic characters that either rubs people the wrong way or has them enjoy them more so than the original. However the ladder definitely is a rare case...
  6. HuDaFuK
    Sure, you'll always get some people who didn't like it. But overall I'd say it's safe to call it a big success.

    The same can't really be said of the vast majority of 80s/90s restart films that have come out in recent years. To be honest, most of them were greeted with a pretty indifferent response at best.
  7. System Apollo
    We don't know what's happened in those interim years yet.

    I would be looking forward to seeing what might come from it. However, it sounds like a big concept to pull off.

    Is it even possible to make a great film from a classic movie series?  We all know someone is going to hate it.

    Mad Max: Fury Road shows that it is.

    However, for every one Fury Road we have about two dozen crap examples of how to tack a rubbish new entry/remake onto a classic series.
    That's in the eyes of the beholder though. Sure it's critically acclaimed but I've met some Mad Max fans that didn't like it.

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  8. System Apollo

    I can't remember who posted it - someone on my Facebook but can't recall who - said that Biehn said they were looking to recast Newt with a 29/30 yo actress and that the idea would be Ripley would sort of pass on the torch to Newt. I can't find the frigging source though.

    So that would mean that the franchise would get passed on to another female lead. 

    What are the odds that Hicks dies twice in the Alien universe?
    :laugh:

    The torch passing dynamic is rather odd seeing as Ripley's contact with the alien was rather brief (a few days at most). If this is the case, how will it play out for the audience perceiving the plot? Are we to assume that xenomorphs were terrorizing the universe up until Newt turned 30?
  9. Ash 937

    I can't remember who posted it - someone on my Facebook but can't recall who - said that Biehn said they were looking to recast Newt with a 29/30 yo actress and that the idea would be Ripley would sort of pass on the torch to Newt. I can't find the frigging source though.

    So that would mean that the franchise would get passed on to another female lead. 

    What are the odds that Hicks dies twice in the Alien universe?
  10. T Dog

    I wonder if he auditioned for Vincent's role in Chappie and lost out to Jackman's greater star power?

    Perhaps Corporal Hicks can corner Biehn somewhere and press him for more info?  ;)

    I saw Michael at the Glasgow con and he said that the role he auditioned for in Chappie was the role that eventually went to Sigourney.


    I can't remember who posted it - someone on my Facebook but can't recall who - said that Biehn said they were looking to recast Newt with a 29/30 yo actress and that the idea would be Ripley would sort of pass on the torch to Newt. I can't find the frigging source though.
    She's not that young but Rachel McAdams would be good.
  11. Corporal Hicks

    I wonder if he auditioned for Vincent's role in Chappie and lost out to Jackman's greater star power?

    Perhaps Corporal Hicks can corner Biehn somewhere and press him for more info?  ;)

    I saw Michael at the Glasgow con and he said that the role he auditioned for in Chappie was the role that eventually went to Sigourney.

    I can't remember who posted it - someone on my Facebook but can't recall who - said that Biehn said they were looking to recast Newt with a 29/30 yo actress and that the idea would be Ripley would sort of pass on the torch to Newt. I can't find the frigging source though.
  12. Kelgaard
    I don't think that Alien 5 will target hardcore fans of the series like us.  Most casual fans that I talk to recall the plot line of Aliens but when you ask them about Alien3 ask, "Is that the one where she shaves her head?" and then go on to say that they don't remember that much about the movie except that they didn't like it. 

    Alien3 isn't in the collective memory of many people anymore and a lot of the people that are going to see Alien 5 weren't even born when it came out.  That gives FOX a lot of slack if they choose to pick up the franchise at it's most critically acclaimed point and go from there. 

    At worst, the move is forgivable to a casual fan and should be understandable to the hardcore fans.  It also offers a lot of potential for success for the studio.

    Agreed.
  13. vonVince
    Good for Biehn; he's a guy who's had his share of problems in the Hollywood and a rocky career, but he is a really nice guy. I really hope he gets in "Alien 5" and this will help him make something of a comeback.  8)
  14. Corporal Hicks
    Why do we need another Alien movie? AR was a classic example of what happens when Fox just wants more o' that Alien money: a buncha guys on a spaceship running around getting eaten. Who cares?

    Difference here being Fox went out and asked for Resurrection if I'm remembering rightly. This time around we're getting it born off the back of someone's basic vision that he made public and generated a huge about of buzz about it.
  15. predxeno
    According to Bloody-Disgusting's source, it's too early to say for certain whether Alien 3 and Rez will be retconned regardless of what Michael Biehn says; I dunno though, I mean how else is both Hicks and Ripley alive?  Unless Ripley is #8 from Rez and Hicks is revived from A:CM, but following the studio ploy so far, it seems no one wants to mention A:CM.

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    Additionally, while Biehn is adamant that the new entry into the franchise will ignore Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection, our source thinks that might not be the case, stating that they’re, “…not sure if Biehn’s assertions about it ignoring 3 & 4 are accurate. It’s basically far too early to tell on that front right now.”

    http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3357432/blomkamps-alien-happening-youre-going-patient/
  16. RakaiThwei
    Good to hear what seems like a confirmation of Alien 5 ignoring Alien 3 and Resurrection. As long as a good film comes of it, it'll be great. Two alternate continuites seems like the right way to go. Alien 3 and Resurrection should be ignored. No dream sequence. Just ignored as if it never happened in this timeline.

    Oh come on.  Ripley should at least make a bad joke about it.  Oh Newt!  I had a bad dream you died in your sleep...  ;)

    Can we NOT go the Bobby Ewing route?
  17. Ash 937
    I don't think that Alien 5 will target hardcore fans of the series like us.  Most casual fans that I talk to recall the plot line of Aliens but when you ask them about Alien3 ask, "Is that the one where she shaves her head?" and then go on to say that they don't remember that much about the movie except that they didn't like it. 

    Alien3 isn't in the collective memory of many people anymore and a lot of the people that are going to see Alien 5 weren't even born when it came out.  That gives FOX a lot of slack if they choose to pick up the franchise at it's most critically acclaimed point and go from there. 

    At worst, the move is forgivable to a casual fan and should be understandable to the hardcore fans.  It also offers a lot of potential for success for the studio.
  18. Perfect-Organism
    Good to hear what seems like a confirmation of Alien 5 ignoring Alien 3 and Resurrection. As long as a good film comes of it, it'll be great. Two alternate continuites seems like the right way to go. Alien 3 and Resurrection should be ignored. No dream sequence. Just ignored as if it never happened in this timeline.

    Oh come on.  Ripley should at least make a bad joke about it.  Oh Newt!  I had a bad dream you died in your sleep...  ;)
  19. Mr. Clemens
    I don't want to see Alien 3 retconned or ignored (AR, on the other hand, was practically begging to be ignored by setting itself 200 years after the others). But the bigger question on my mind is:

    WHY?

    Why do we need another Alien movie? AR was a classic example of what happens when Fox just wants more o' that Alien money: a buncha guys on a spaceship running around getting eaten. Who cares?

    All we know so far is what Blomkamp intends to not do. Until we know what he plans to do, I just can't get interested in this movie. Prometheus 2 for me, please.
  20. RakaiThwei
    Good to hear what seems like a confirmation of Alien 5 ignoring Alien 3 and Resurrection. As long as a good film comes of it, it'll be great. Two alternate continuites seems like the right way to go. Alien 3 and Resurrection should be ignored. No dream sequence. Just ignored as if it never happened in this timeline.

    I agree with this. And I hope this is the case, even with the film being delayed now. I want alternative continuities.
  21. Bworko
    Great !  >:(  Do again of the Alien with Ripley... Which overflowing imagination.

    How can we like the idea of an alien by using again and again Ripley.

    The universe is infinite, the action could take place in thousands of planets.
    No it is necessary to take back Ripley because otherwise understand the alien is nothing. In the end by taking back Ripley we know already that she will be the heroin of this magnificent history. All the horrific dimension will be erased. The alien is not any more a killer but a prey for Ripley the killer of insects....

    PLZ I want of the imagination and not of the warmed !!!
  22. Jarac
    Good to hear what seems like a confirmation of Alien 5 ignoring Alien 3 and Resurrection. As long as a good film comes of it, it'll be great. Two alternate continuites seems like the right way to go. Alien 3 and Resurrection should be ignored. No dream sequence. Just ignored as if it never happened in this timeline.
  23. Perfect-Organism
    It will be so great if they retcon Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.  Finally 2 decades of the wrong direction will be wiped away.  Plus, we still get to have Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection as sort of alternate reality films that we can enjoy.  Multiverse!
  24. CainsSon
    I find it odd that fans are fine with this retcon of A3, but are on board with the inclusion of PROMETHEUS, and now PARADISE as existing in canon as well.

    I've said it til I'm blue in the face, but Shaw's African dream sequence in Prometheus gives Blomkamp the perfect out. Just have a monitor on the Sulaco showing (in that exact style) Ripley 8 throwing herself off the gantry from Alien 3, or bald Ripley caressing the newborn and in one shot you keep the previous films in canon as hypersleep nightmares AND you tie the new film explicitly to Prometheus. It may not be completely satisfying, but it allows everything to co-exist. You can see Hicks and Newt's psyches wrestling too, to stop it being so on the nose (also handily filling in some back story for those characters while limiting clunky exposition). Starting in either sleep or dreams is a hallmark of the series, regardless. Aliens starts with a nightmare, after all.


    I'm sorry but I think the dream-sequence-thing is a really cheap out IMO. First off, it's still a retcon that way and a retcon already cheapens things massively. At least when AVP cheapened things it did so in a way that could just be overlooked. The retcon cheapens things right smack in the middle of the franchises finest moments IMO. Second, NO ONE remembers their dreams in the third person, and in Prometheus, the 'dreams' are implants, meant to keep the brain active while in hypersleep - according to R Scott, anyway. It's not an out IMO, because I hate that plot device in Prometheus to begin with. Even though I despise the retcon of A3, I would rather they just ignored them than actually acknowledge them as some DEUS EX MACHINA, via inexplicably elaborate 3rd person nightmares.

    I really, really, really hope they do not retcon Alien 3. I don't care about Resurrection personally but Alien 3 was a good film. A3 and AR being a dream sequence is just as bad as retconning them.

    There are solutions. Set it after Aliens and before Alien 3 where Hicks and Ripley get badly torn up at the end and get some kind of reconstructive surgery.  Or have Michael Beihn play Hicks' father looking for answers why his son died working under orders from a private company despite being a Marine.

    I totally 100% agree with this guy. Make it a MIDQUEL. Sure the age-difference is a big issue but they can do wonders with CGI these days. For every person that trashes A3 there are equal people who love it. My feeling is that people like it way more than they want to admit to themselves. To me, Alien 3 is Alien meets Mad Max. Now, there is a director I'd love to see make an Alien film - George Miller!

    Todays idea: How about it the Ripley, Hicks and Newt in A3 were the clones?

    There would be as much of a reason to make them clones, as there would in making them synthetics.

    Which is to say, none, at all.

    Hmmmm.... This can be done in a way that isn't too explicit! If you maybe have a med-tech character who is dealing with only the survivors of the sulaco - medically speaking, who also has a background in the development of clones but is losing funding because of botched experiments - maybe clones were being develeoped as a replacement for or to enhance Synthetics - and this med-tech he is on board the WY space station, and maybe he becomes obsessed with the Alien, similar to Golic in A3, so anyway he takes tissue samples from the survivors to prove his cloning stuff is worthwhile and also delivering the cargo to WY that from the events in the new film, will make this guy a hero... It can even be left open for the viewer to make the connection. Ive always liked the idea of this Cult forming around the alien.
  25. Weylan
    Agreed with Corporal Hicks,

    I strongly, STRONGLY dislike the idea of Alien 3 and 4 being retconned, and I also strongly dislike the idea of multiple continuities...so unnecessary.

    But in essence I am happy the series is getting three new films:

    -Alien 5
    -Prometheus 2
    -Predator 4

    At the moment I'm the least excited about Alien 5 due to it's idea of canceling Alien 3. I'm a huge fan of Alien 3...
  26. Corporal Hicks
    There's very little to say what kind of movie it's going to be. Blomkamp has spoken a few times about it in terms of tone what he's said has been good. The idea of bringing back Hicks and Newt created a huge amount of positive buzz that I imagine helped get this film made. He hasn't actually said anything of the sort about "his film is going to be better" just that he didn't like the direction they took it.

    Does this mean I'd like A3/4 retconned? No, I don't like the idea of multiple continuities. But I'm sure as hell excited to see where it goes and hope that it does a good job.
  27. irn
    I know a lot of people are upset that Hicks and Newt got killed off instantly in Alien 3, but it's a somewhat arrogant approach to think "well my film is going to be better than that so I'll just disregard a sequel that's been around for 23 years and has a sizable approval from the fanbase".

    It's sad to say that everything is pointing to this turning out to be an 'okay' film at best. Based on what's been churned out by big studios over the last decade and the people involved with this project. Hopefully it'll be more than that, of course.
  28. Whiskeybrewer
    I myself, right from the start have not been happy about the idea of a retcon that wipes Alien 3 and Resurrection off the plate. I'd prefer it if they'd work within those ideas and not go. I didnt like that so i'm gonna change it all.

    I understand Biehn's comments based on what he's been told but until a script appears, we cant say anything is 100%. Interesting that if Alien 5 is a retcon, that there has been no mention of Newt
  29. System Apollo
    Absolute garbage....ignoring 3 and Resurrection is uncreative, lazy and straight out pathetic.

    Too bad Blomkamp is afraid of creating a new interesting story in the Alien Universe with NEW characters in a new series of events that doesn't conflict with the other films...guess he knows that he lacks the imagination and creativity that most writers/creators of Alien/Predator games and comics have (obviously not CM) to create excellent installments to the series, that do not need to resort to pathetic alternate timelines or retcons of material/events that were established twenty some years ago...then again all his films feel like District 9. Poor creativity.

    Oh well, here's to hoping FOX makes a right decision and changes their minds about eliminating two films...one of them a masterpiece Alien 3.
    This is the fifth time I've heard this argument! A majority of the comics have the qualities that make a good comic; not a movie. You'll find that a lot of the Alien comics are established in a universe where Weyland Yutani succeeded in obtaining the alien and people of the universe know about xenomorphs with no explanation as to why or how. Try doing that in one of the upcoming films and instantly all the work Ripley did to stop WY is annulled. In a film sequel
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    it is important to follow source material.

    As for how they do it - just don't acknowledge it at all. The dream thing works. It always would have worked because as far back as the Alien novelization they made a big deal out of cryosleep dreams and the recording of them being a profession. As Rob says, with Prometheus doing something with them that brings it to the screen. However, it would be a complete slap in the face for Alien 3 and Resurrection. They just should ignore them completely.

    And as for a cancellation...as B-D said it's complete speculation on their part.
    Either way, they both don't sound so ideal personally. It's such a mess in the sequence that it will be asinine trying to watch these films back to back. I'm still crossing my fingers for the execution though.
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