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Neill Blomkamp Has “Moved On” From Alien 5

Last year it became apparent that work on Alien 5 had stopped and Neill Blomkamp told The Verge that he believed Alien 5 was “totally dead.” Following the recently renewed interest in Alien 5, after Neill shared some old concept art, the writer/director has re-affirmed that the film is still not to be.

Responding to a fan query on Twitter, Blomkamp replied that he has “moved on” from Alien 5 but that it was an “amazing chance to work in the world Ridley and James Cameron created. And collaborate with Sigourney.”

 Neill Blomkamp Has "Moved On" From Alien 5

Given the renewed talk of the possible Alien 5, perhaps Disney will take notice of the apparent general interest in the project and want to move forward with it where Fox did not? If so, would Neill be willing to return?

Since the apparent cancellation of Alien 5, Blomkamp has been working on an adaptation of The Gone World. He has also since founded Oats Studios and put out some fantastic short films via the studio. Alien’s very own Sigourney Weaver starred in the debut short. If you haven’t already, go check them out!

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  1. Baron Von Marlon
    Almost.
    If they we're able to do what they wanted we would've got some different movies.

    Almost every director needs a solid (co-)writer.
    And both need a studio willing to back up those ideas.
    Ah, movie business...
  2. Immortan Jonesy
    I don't know, I feel like only someone like Scott, Cameron or Nolan can do almost what they want. But maybe he should catapult his name by working with big IP's. I admit that it sounds easier said than done. Oh well, I'm just guessing.  :-\

    But ultimately Blomkamp needs good scriptwriters. Perhaps in that sense it is something similar to Scott. He is an excellent director, but his films are genuinely good as long as he has a good script to work with.
  3. [cancerblack]
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    He adds: “What doesn’t make sense is that I feel like it’s what the audience wanted so it’s strange because Fox would never really turn down money.”

    The fact he's probably right about most of the audience wanting it is the best reason for not doing it.

    People with shit taste don't deserve to get their way.
  4. Voodoo Magic
    • I ask if he spoke to Scott after, if any more specific clarification was given. “Not after, no no no, there’s no coming back from that,” he says. “I’m not gonna work on a film for two years and have the rug pulled out from underneath me and then go hang out and have beers. It’s exactly why I don’t want to do IP based on other people’s stuff ever again.” (He also denied a report that emerged earlier this year that his Alien film was back on track: “I’m sure they will make many films with that piece of IP, it just doesn’t include me.”)

    Ridddddleeeey....
    https://thumbs.gfycat.com/FeminineAlarmedIndri-size_restricted.gif
  5. Nightmare Asylum
    Honestly, after Halo's collapse I'm shocked that he did end up trying with Alien (and then again with Robocop) at all.

    I do feel bad for him in this situation, 'cause I'm genuinely into his style and really like District 9 and Chappie and some of the Oats stuff, but as much as I think he could have done a very good Alien movie, I don't think the particular one he was working on (based on what we had seen in the released concept art) would have been for me at all.

    His Robocop movie's cancelation honestly still feels to me like a much, much bigger loss than his Alien movie's cancelation, to be quite honest. A Blomkamp-directed Robocop, satirizing the current socio-political climate, is something I was all over from day one.

    I'm going to check out his new movie, Demonic, today I think.
  6. Ingwar
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    One person who he suggests Chappie wasn’t for was Ridley Scott, the gatekeeper of the Alien franchise, who earlier that year had expressed interest in Blomkamp’s concept for a sequel. In February, it was announced. In March, Chappie was released. In October, it was cancelled. “It’s possible that Ridley watched Chappie and he was like, this guy can’t do Alien so let’s just go ahead and move on,” he says with a smile.

    Blomkamp’s film would have carried on from James Cameron’s Aliens, bringing back Sigourney Weaver, who also starred in Chappie. The collapse was hard on him. “I also felt bad for Sigourney because she was really into what I had brought forward,” he says. “I felt like [for] audiences who loved Aliens, there was an opportunity to do one more film with Sigourney in a way that may have satiated what people were looking for and what I think I was looking for.” He adds: “What doesn’t make sense is that I feel like it’s what the audience wanted so it’s strange because Fox would never really turn down money.”

    I ask if he spoke to Scott after, if any more specific clarification was given. “Not after, no no no, there’s no coming back from that,” he says. “I’m not gonna work on a film for two years and have the rug pulled out from underneath me and then go hang out and have beers. It’s exactly why I don’t want to do IP based on other people’s stuff ever again.” (He also denied a report that emerged earlier this year that his Alien film was back on track: “I’m sure they will make many films with that piece of IP, it just doesn’t include me.”)

    His comment about intellectual property seems extreme, especially given his dalliances with other franchises but when I ask if he’s serious, he relents a tad. “It’s not that black and white,” he says. “If there’s something amazing and the set-up is right, I wouldn’t say no but generally speaking after Halo and after Alien, it would be unwise to do that.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/aug/21/neill-blomkamp-interview-demonic-chappie-alien
  7. T Dog
    Listening to the full Rogan interview, Neil is a really interesting guy with a lot of interesting ideas. He just needs a few more collaborators to help him with the scripts.
  8. Voodoo Magic
    Beat me to the cake  :laugh: . This wasn't the crossover that I was expected but doesn't surprise me Rogan likes Aliens  :D

    From that video clip I took the opposite, that Rogan isn't much of a fan of Aliens but Blomkamp is, where Rogan complains in Aliens that the Alien is much easier to kill, yada yada yada, overlooking the context of the Nostromo crew was just a bunch of unarmed blue-collar workers... or Ripley was able to penetrate the Aliens hide with a small grappling hook - no explosive tipped ammo necessary. Same ol' song.
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  9. Some Old Dude
    I had absolutely no interest in Aliens: The Force Awakens so I'm glad that movie died. But, but if Neill Blomkamp and William Gibson (They interact a fair bit on social media) where to team on an original Alien movie I'd be pretty keen.
  10. Immortan Jonesy
    Leaving aside the resurrected characters and the Kenner suit, it looked compelling enough to want to learn more about the script.

    Blomkamp made a mistake. He started and stuck (and finished the career) with his African trilogy about poverty, inequality, class struggle and blah-blah-blah. Not surprisingly, people began to think that he couldn't film anything else. And his works were less and less successful. Again, because people don't want watch third times one film about blah-blah-blah.

    Rakka is a lizard-people mod for District 9.
  11. Drukathi
    I think, Blomkamp had a potential. I like his direction and films. And Alien 5 looked promising. Technically he could be a second Carpenter as a legendary storyteller.

    BUT!

    Blomkamp made a mistake. He started and stuck (and finished the career) with his African trilogy about poverty, inequality, class struggle and blah-blah-blah. Not surprisingly, people began to think that he couldn't film anything else. And his works were less and less successful. Again, because people don't want watch third times one film about blah-blah-blah.

    And guess what? After Chappie (tbh better than D9 for me) his first indie film was again about beggars in rags vs alien invasion. I'm more than sure - Alien 5 also was about these themes.

    I vote for Blomkamp only for a true Aliens sequel. But I don't care who will do it in the end: Blomkamp, Walter Hill or someone else.
  12. Corporal Hicks
    https://comicbook.com/horror/news/alien-5-neill-blomkamp-reaction-future-franchise-disney-update/

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    When asked if the project could come back to life in the future, Blomkamp confirmed with ComicBook.com, "No, would be my guess. I would say nothing will come out. But, who knows? At this present moment, I would say it's just dead."

    "I think the answer would be a mixture of both things, meaning it has turned me off and I am weary of huge IP that's owned and controlled by corporate interests, but I simultaneously, if some awesome studio came to me some awesome piece of existing IP, I would be a fool to not look at what, at least, it was," Blomkamp confirmed of corporate collaboration. "It's like, going in weary would be the way that I would look at it. My instinct is to just keep working on my own stuff, basically, but if someone came to me with something awesome, I would definitely look at it."
  13. Alien Primordial Origin
    This my idea of Aliens sequel that will  ignore/ retcon Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection

    - Neil Blomkamp is not a director.
    - Ripley and Hick are not feature in the movie. But both of them are still alive.
    - The film will ignore the event in Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection
    - A new actress (age between 25-35 years old) will be cast to play adult version of Newt.
    - Newt is the main character, and the future of the franchise.
    - The reason why Ripley and Hick are not feature in the film. Because they live seperately.

    And If they want to tell the the story prior to the event of the movie, when Ripley, Hick and Newt are still living together. All they need to do is made it into comic, video game or CGI TV series, animated series. etc

    The film would be amazing! if done right.
  14. [cancerblack]
    I dunno about that - I mean, sure, it's possible, but maybe its a "confusion" issue.

    Like in Supergirl - one season they didn't have Superman in it cos BvS was out and WB didn't want to confuse audiences with which Superman was which (entirely contradictory that they have Flash, but it really makes no sense to me that they think people are really that stupid).

    In this case, we've got the Prequels and then Alien5 - maybe they felt it was too much of the same thing going on and people "wouldn't understand").

    Also, it's often said that Ridley Scott scuppered the project - I don't know how much truth there is in that (and I'll guess we'll never know!).

    I've heard that Blomkamp likes to write and direct his own stuff and is quite protective of that, and Fox wasn't keen on him writing it on his own.

    Don't know how true that is.


    Genuinely can't blame them there. He's got a great visual flair and can do pacing, but his original ideas are largely poo. Ridley-Lite/Pulp, in that regard.
  15. Xenomorphine
    Sure, but that's kind of missing the point - it seemed like NB wanted to do a Quantum Leap and "set right what once went wrong" in terms of the treatment of Hicks and Newt in Alien3 and provide a more satisfying end to the trilogy than was served up in Alien3.

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    I think actually that NB's idea started out as having nothing to do with the established characters, it was only after he got talking to Signourney Weaver on the Chappie project and she expressed an interest in doing the movie when he wrote them into the story.

    That's precisely what happened, according to him: It took place after 'Alien 3' and was Ripley-less. It was Weaver who liked it and introduced the revision to make it take account of Ripley (although, to this day, we still don't know how).

    It wouldn't surprise me if Fox was very interested in Blomkamp's movie. Then they heard Weaver wanted it.

    They already knew that when they initially authorised it. If memory serves right, her involvement was one of the chief reasons which convinced them to buy it.

    I've heard that Blomkamp likes to write and direct his own stuff and is quite protective of that, and Fox wasn't keen on him writing it on his own.

    Don't know how true that is.

    Think some of the last interviews mentioned his wife was teaming up on the writing of it.
  16. Russ
    Kind of rings true, SM.

    Neil: I want to write and direct.
    Ridley: No, you can write it, I'll direct it.
    Neil: No, you can produce, I'll write and direct.
    Ridley: No, you write, I'll direct.
    Neil: I can't work under those conditions.
    Fox: You're fired, Neil.
  17. SM
    I dunno about that - I mean, sure, it's possible, but maybe its a "confusion" issue.

    Like in Supergirl - one season they didn't have Superman in it cos BvS was out and WB didn't want to confuse audiences with which Superman was which (entirely contradictory that they have Flash, but it really makes no sense to me that they think people are really that stupid).

    In this case, we've got the Prequels and then Alien5 - maybe they felt it was too much of the same thing going on and people "wouldn't understand").

    Also, it's often said that Ridley Scott scuppered the project - I don't know how much truth there is in that (and I'll guess we'll never know!).

    I've heard that Blomkamp likes to write and direct his own stuff and is quite protective of that, and Fox wasn't keen on him writing it on his own.

    Don't know how true that is.
  18. windebieste
    I think Scott was onboard and was going to produce it.  God knows what must've happened for him to change his mind. 

    I think at some point he said it was Fox decision to ditch the project.

    -Windebieste.
  19. Russ
    I dunno about that - I mean, sure, it's possible, but maybe its a "confusion" issue.

    Like in Supergirl - one season they didn't have Superman in it cos BvS was out and WB didn't want to confuse audiences with which Superman was which (entirely contradictory that they have Flash, but it really makes no sense to me that they think people are really that stupid).

    In this case, we've got the Prequels and then Alien5 - maybe they felt it was too much of the same thing going on and people "wouldn't understand").

    Also, it's often said that Ridley Scott scuppered the project - I don't know how much truth there is in that (and I'll guess we'll never know!).

  20. windebieste
    It wouldn't surprise me if Fox was very interested in Blomkamp's movie. Then they heard Weaver wanted it. 

    Then Fox probably turned around and said "She had sooo much influence over 'ALIEN 3' and 'ALIEN Resurrection' - and look how they turned out.  Nope.  We're no longer interested.  Bye."

    ...and with the press of a button, Blomkamp's proposal got scuttled, sent down the chute into the dumpster. 

    -Windebieste.
  21. Russ

    Well Aliens 2 can be shot without Ripley and Hicks but with Newt. Just be competent in creating a story.

    Sure, but that's kind of missing the point - it seemed like NB wanted to do a Quantum Leap and "set right what once went wrong" in terms of the treatment of Hicks and Newt in Alien3 and provide a more satisfying end to the trilogy than was served up in Alien3.

    As I say, I don't want to turn this thread into "Alien3 rules" - I totally get that some people were perfectly happy with it. Equally, there are others (myself included) that were not.

    I think actually that NB's idea started out as having nothing to do with the established characters, it was only after he got talking to Signourney Weaver on the Chappie project and she expressed an interest in doing the movie when he wrote them into the story.

    I would have loved to have seen it - maybe he'll leak the treatment one day. 
  22. Drukathi
    From what I read on here (my own straw poll if you like), I think that there are many people that would like to see Aliens2 (or Alien 5 if you prefer)  with a more respectful treatment of Hicks and Newt and so on (again, I don't want to get into Alien3 was perfect/nihilistic and all that - to some it is and others it isn't)

    ... but there doesn't seem to be much support for NB doing it even if his was his concepts that broke the internet every time something was leaked.

    I think that the prospect of a Weaver / Biehn movie gets more remote with each year that goes by, more's the pity.

    Well Aliens 2 can be shot without Ripley and Hicks but with Newt. Just be competent in creating a story.
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