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“I Don’t Know How I’m Going To Be In It” – Lance Henriksen Talks Alien 5

Lance Henriksen talks Alien 5. In a short interview with IGN, Lance Henriksen makes a few comments regarding Neill Blomkamp’s currently stalled Alien 5. While talking to the veteran Alien actor about his upcoming role in Legends of Tomorrow, IGN prompted a couple of comments from Henriksen about Alien 5:

“You know they’re going to make another one. It picks up right where Aliens ended. I don’t know if I’m going to be in a baggie or how I’m going to be in it.”

Lance Henriksen talks Alien 5, revealing he doesn't know how he'll be appearing in the new film.

Lance Henriksen talks Alien 5, revealing he doesn’t know how he’ll be appearing in the new film.

Unlike Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn, Henriksen hasn’t been contacted about reprising his role as Bishop in Neill Bomkamp’s alternate Alien 3. Judging from his comments with IGN it would appear he hasn’t seen a script or been spoken to about it but he expresses confidence in Blomkamp’s abilities:

“Blomkamp is a really wonderful, wonderful writer. I have a feeling that if he did it, it would be something spectacular. And there’s an audience for it.”

The status of Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is still unknown. The last we heard Alien 5 would be waiting for Alien: Covenant’s release but that it could also be delayed by Weaver and Blomkamp’s commitment to other projects.

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  1. whiterabbit
    Or perhaps he could be some other form of robotic entity and voice that?

    http://www.screendaily.com/pictures/636xAny/1/8/5/1214185_Chappie.jpg
    Dude, that's the very definition of an over gloried cameo. I mean shit, if we're going that route why not just hire a sexy lady to play the role of gender swap Bishop.

    I was going to say...well if it serves the story but the basic concept of the film isn't about serving any story, it's about bringing back dead characters/actors.
    Totally.

    This is my opinion but it really is a joke. I'm actually fine with it but I mean it's just been too damn long already, if given the choice new is better than old. Of course I say that 10 minutes after saying that I want to see the original alien back on film but lets be honest. Aliens don't age. :P
  2. Corporal Hicks
    Or perhaps he could be some other form of robotic entity and voice that?

    http://www.screendaily.com/pictures/636xAny/1/8/5/1214185_Chappie.jpg
    Dude, that's the very definition of an over gloried cameo. I mean shit, if we're going that route why not just hire a sexy lady to play the role of gender swap Bishop.

    I was going to say...well if it serves the story but the basic concept of the film isn't about serving any story, it's about bringing back dead characters/actors.
  3. PsyKore
    It's easy enough to have his whole program saved on file somewhere deep within Weyland Yutani's evil-doings division. From there they could do exactly that.

    But why would they bother? They don't need him for anything.

    I can't answer this. I wasn't even thinking of reasons to do it. But it would have to serve the plot in some form to make Ripley want to inject Bishop's data into another android. The writers would need to think up a reason that they need him apart from "just because he was in ALIENS".

    Or like Hicks said, he could do it himself.
  4. whiterabbit
    Bishop was all trashed at the end of aliens. Just have him transplant his artificial-person conscience into a more mature looking Bishop and have him explain that after all of these years it's his way of expressing his utter depression of not being the top of the line anymore. Why are we even discussing this. It's the only way to be sure Bishop gets into this movie without youth-cgi. Think of the money saved on the cgi budget.
  5. Corporal Hicks
    Tron Legacy was very plastic looking.
    Benjamin Button was 8 years ago and looked better.

    Didn't realise Button was that old. There's no denying it looked poor in Tron but I do think it has come on a good amount. Young Arnie looked pretty good in Gensys.

    I'm in two minds about it. I've yet to see it pulled off over an entire film convincingly but considering how great Blomkamp's films look with their photorealistic CG creations (Prawns, Chappie), if it could be pulled off in anyone's film, I'm sure it'd be Blomkamp's.
  6. Corporal Hicks
    In all fairness, that was about 6 years ago. The technique has come on impressively over time. But I wouldn't want to see it throughout an entire film. I doubt it'd hold up - but then this is Blomkamp we're talking about and if Chappie can look so fantastic over an entire film...
  7. SamuelDL
    They should just CGI a younger version of Lance because robots don't age. Then they can hire him to provide the voice work.

    Exactly, that's just what I was thinking. Something like this would be AWESOME:

    http://3danimationcgi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/tron-clu-faces-cgi-large.jpg
    http://3danimationcgi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cgi-arnold-large.jpg
    http://3danimationcgi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/benjamin-button-cgi-large.jpg
  8. Xenomorphine
    Bishop models have no reason to use organic skin (David 8 didn't). There isn't any reason they would biologically age.

    There are always other ways around it, though. As I say, it could be he uploads to an intact, yet cosmetically trashed version, so that the character either sports the kind of prosthetic damage Hicks would have or covers most of the face up with a scarf or helmet or something. Both of those options would be cheaper than using CGI for every single frame of film he's in (although, in fairness, they did it reasonably well for Anthony Hopkins and Michael Douglas, so it's possible if the will is there).

    Alternatively, it could be that there's a Bishop model which is deliberately designed to look older, maybe for assisting or befrinding the elderly or something. Again, Bishop could upload into one of those (or simply play one which accessed the original Bishop's data files).

    When a character is AI, there are ways and means of simply 'reincarnating' them into a different body. It's just a matter of copying data over. Bishop could be uploaded into a non-humanoid form (including a tablet computer) or even a robotic body which looks female and it would be completely plausible to play out.

    Interestingly, Blomkamp actually played around with that very story-telling method in 'Chappie', which means he's perfectly capable of doing it that way.
  9. redalert51
    I really hope   That Blomkamp will cast Lance Henriksen , as the human Bishop. The contrast in his personality in " Alien 3 " are priceless e.g when he begs " Ripley " Think what we can from it ,it is a chance of  lifetime, from benign to all company ..
  10. Dan
    They can go the T Genisys route to explain Bishop's age.That was Cameron's idea and its works.

    I think to made clones or to make replicas of Ripley, Hicks or News would be to save them.But i think they not clones because clones have no memories.
    There could be another company who have the technology of the engineers to replicate humans and import their memories.The reason to do this is to save Ripley and make time for a plan which can destroy WYC.
    Thats why WYC is not around in Ressurection.:D
    But we heard in Res they cloned Ripley from her blood samples from Fury so in Ressurection we see the clone of a clone..

    Who like to see an alien movie with new caracters they will in next year: Alien:Covenant.
  11. PRJ_since1990
    Either as a fan service film or just a what-if scenario, I do firmly stand by the notion that if you're going to do a sequel to Aliens, going off of what Blomkamp has said, you must include the original actors if available. Work the story around some of the loop holes and the differences in appearance but make it work out so we can enjoy it nonetheless and go "Oh wow, that actually works as a sequel" because if they go the alternative, people will be too picky about recast roles and it won't feel authentic.
  12. The Eighth Passenger
    I think a lot of people are would say that about Alien3 in 2016.  So you could take elements of that film and it won't really bother anybody...except for maybe a few on message boards like this one.

    True enough, but can you imagine all the mental gymnastics as people on here try and rationalize why Alien 3 is still canon because of Bishop II's inclusion?

    Slightly off-topic but some hilarious vids of Blomkamp having a bit of fun with Trump.




  13. g2vd
    I posted a story idea I had for what I thought Blomkamp's direction may go with the script. In it I proposed that Weyland personnel boarded the Sulaco shortly after the events in Aliens and did some type of dna extraction process where they made clones of the characters which they then put back on the Sulaco to "cover their tracks". This would still validate the Alien 3 and Resurection movies though I can't stand them.

    It would also beg the question why they would bother, and how they made fully-grown adult clones in the few days they had available  to get them back on the ship.

    Every time someone mentions the ridiculous "they made clones!" idea all I can think of is Ripley saying, "Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?"
    https://i.imgflip.com/1e141w.jpg
  14. HuDaFuK
    I posted a story idea I had for what I thought Blomkamp's direction may go with the script. In it I proposed that Weyland personnel boarded the Sulaco shortly after the events in Aliens and did some type of dna extraction process where they made clones of the characters which they then put back on the Sulaco to "cover their tracks". This would still validate the Alien 3 and Resurection movies though I can't stand them.

    It would also beg the question why they would bother, and how they made fully-grown adult clones in the few days they had available  to get them back on the ship.

    Every time someone mentions the ridiculous "they made clones!" idea all I can think of is Ripley saying, "Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?"
  15. PsyKore
    The only way this movie can work is if it's 30 years after Aliens. Otherwise it's just gonna be hokey AF. I don't see a problem with that, either, considering the large time gaps between films.

    Lance also was joking around at the SDCC Panel by saying that Bishop has the ability to age with his human counter-parts as to not make them feel odd/isolated, whatever. I thought it was a neat idea.

    Jokes aside, this fits with what David says in Prometheus about being more comfortable around their own. It would seem logical if they could make androids physical features age like humans, imo.
  16. windebieste
    Nice try at attempting to keep the 'unpopular' movies included in your proposal; but as soon as you line up so many hoops to jump through in order to justify older actors reprising roles they haven't played for 3 decades, you'd be better off with a fresh story and new characters.

    -Windebieste.
  17. LiquidMonster
    I posted a story idea I had for what I thought Blomkamp's direction may go with the script. In it I proposed that Weyland personnel boarded the Sulaco shortly after the events in Aliens and did some type of dna extraction process where they made clones of the characters which they then put back on the Sulaco to "cover their tracks". This would still validate the Alien 3 and Resurection movies though I can't stand them.

    Anyways, due to the tech Weyland used, it *aged* the characters significantly because of growth hormones/etc during the dna extraction of them. This would explain their aging *if* the story picks up shortly after Aliens.

    Weyland has the *real* Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop in a secret facility. Weyland brings Bishop back on-line and re-assembles him. He manages to break Ripley, Hicks and Newt out of their forced hybernation chambers with news that he's detected a distress signal coming from LV-426......

    Lance also was joking around at the SDCC Panel by saying that Bishop has the ability to age with his human counter-parts as to not make them feel odd/isolated, whatever. I thought it was a neat idea.
  18. Ash 937

    It's going to confuse the hell out of people if Alien 3 will supposedly be completely ignored only to have Bishop (I'm not a droid!) II return from Alien 3. It's going to be a real WTF? scenario.  :laugh:

    Nah.  I feel like only the fanbase really remembers the details Alien3 at this point.  I had a conversation with someone that was a fan of Aliens a few months ago and he had recalled a lot of fond things about THAT film though.  When I asked what he thought of Alien3, his response was, "Is that the one where they go to the planet and everyone has their heads shaved?"  Then he went on to say that he didn't remember too much about the film but he remembered not liking it too much.

    I think a lot of people are would say that about Alien3 in 2016.  So you could take elements of that film and it won't really bother anybody...except for maybe a few on message boards like this one.
     
  19. The Eighth Passenger
    You mean Bishop II at the end of Alien 3? But how will you contrive that if Alien 3 never happened in the Blomkampverse?

    Or will you just pick the Bishop II character from Alien 3 and then trash the rest of the film?

    That's where I could see them going with it to get Lance back in.

    It's going to confuse the hell out of people if Alien 3 will supposedly be completely ignored only to have Bishop (I'm not a droid!) II return from Alien 3. It's going to be a real WTF? scenario.  :laugh:
  20. St_Eddie
    I can hardly wait to see Bishop back in the series, spouting "I'm old but not obsolete".  Oh wait... yes I can, indefinitely so.

    Lance is a nice guy and he's been generous about coming back time after time...

    I have nothing against the guy and as you say, he does seem like a decent sort but "generous" is not the correct word.  Have you seen some of the straight-to-DVD garbage that Lance Henriksen routinely appears in?!  I honestly don't think that he's in a position to be too choosy in regards to which roles he takes on.  He's certainly extremely unlikely to ever turn down a relatively more high profile gig (such as something Alien related).
  21. The Alien Predator
    Even as someone who enjoys the occasional re-watch of AVP, I still think Bishop's line from Alien 3 kinda sums up the situation the franchise has been in for the better part of two decades...

    "I can be reworked, but I'll never be top of the line again"

    Lance is a nice guy and he's been generous about coming back time after time, but at this point I think it's best to just leave these characters to rest instead of twisting them further.

    This.

    http://img06.deviantart.net/303e/i/2012/337/d/1/thumbs_up_for_the_watchers__by_pedrotpredator-d5mzk4i.jpg
  22. dinosauriac
    Even as someone who enjoys the occasional re-watch of AVP, I still think Bishop's line from Alien 3 kinda sums up the situation the franchise has been in for the better part of two decades...

    "I can be reworked, but I'll never be top of the line again"

    Lance is a nice guy and he's been generous about coming back time after time, but at this point I think it's best to just leave these characters to rest instead of twisting them further.
  23. Xenomorphine
    The budget they'd need to make him look younger with CGI could be too prohibitive. Maybe they'd have it so that his software is uploaded to a model with legs which has been so damaged it's about to be trashed, then he could have Hicks-like prosthetic damage covering his face.
  24. XENOMORPHOSIS
    My issue is if he is involved don't use him as a back ground plot that just inserted for fan service, f**king utilise Lance skills as an actors to portray Bishop, the always dependable android. Also will they use make up/digital technology to de-age his appearance to resemble how he looked in Aliens or will there be an explanation of why an android looks older?

    "I may be synthetic but I'm nut stupid."
  25. windebieste
    Sure.  We'll see an 'ALIEN 5'; and Blomkamp will direct it.  I'm all for it but it will be a very different movie to anything that's currently been proposed. 

    After all...  "It picks up right where Aliens ended (but we're all 30 years older)." just doesn't even make sense.

    Would have been Great - in 1988. 

    -Windebieste.

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