Latest News

Neil 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.”

 Neil Blomkamp Has

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!

Keep a close eye on Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest Alien news! You can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get the latest on your social media walls. You can also join in with fellow Alien fans on our forums!



Post Comment
Comments: 188
« Newer Comments 1234 Older Comments »
  1. The Eighth Passenger
    Not directly related to Alien 5, but in this new EW interview Blomkamp talks a bit about his next big project, The Gone World.

    Quote
    Tom Sweterlitsch’s novel The Gone World has already created quite a stir. The rights to the book were acquired by Fox months ago before it was even published, with Neill Blomkamp (District 9) now attached to direct the adaptation. All this and the book still hasn’t hit shelves — it’ll be released on Feb. 6.

    Quote
    So, as it became clear that Alien was collapsing, Mark Roybal, who was the executive, told me there’s a book we’re looking at optioning, that he really thought that I should take a look at, and then he forwarded me a paragraph summary that had been done internally at Fox, just to summarize what the book was. - Neill Blomkamp

    More at: http://ew.com/books/2018/01/29/district-9-director-neill-blomkamp-and-tom-sweterlitsch-the-gone-world/
  2. Xenomorphine
    Either they make a sequel to Alien Resurrection, do another spin-off or reboot.  But if they retcon it they'll ruin it.  Yes, I say retcon because if you make Aliens 2, you ruin any chance of continuing after Alien Resurrection.  It's putting the series on a totally different path to the one before.

    It would only be 'ruined' if it wasn't any good. If it turned out to be good, then it would hardly ruin anything.

    As for the possibility of anything set after 'Resurrection', Weaver's already said she's turned down several scripts specifically because she has no desire to reprise the clone version of her character. So, not happening, regardless.
  3. Corporal Hicks
    Wonder if he thinks they're an official site too. 

    I do hope that if we don't get his film then we get his script in some form or another. I think novel would be best suited but I'd take comic or game.
  4. OpenMaw
    There's no point to doing a sequel to Alien Resurrection, anyway. There's only the crisis of Ripley 8's duality to work with, really. The USM are throwaway, and there's no meat on the bones of any of the other Resurrection survivors, really, except for Call and the Auton units... None of that would really, in my opinion, make for a compelling sequel. Especially going on 21 years later.

    Personally, i'd love the series to go the route of Alien Isolation. Something like that, anyway. Pull back from the mythos aspects being explored in the prequels and go back to the mystery and bizarre horror of this universe.

    Hell, something along the lines of Alien Isolation, broken into six hour long parts for Netflix. Do an Alien miniseries.

    You could do a The Thing-Esque miniseries. Call it, say, "ACHERON"

    Story would show the life, struggle, and ultimate downfall of the people of Hadley's Hope to the aliens. Even ending it on a bleak Carpenter-esque note. Newt left alone somewhere in the base, the only other human character is left cradling a gun with one bullet, a fire dying down under sprinkler systems, an old style motion tracker bleeping as the Aliens close in. HARD CUT to DARKNESS.
  5. Jarac
    So, Neill has his idea. We start after Aliens and move forward from there. This timeline shift and the direction of the Covenant 2 are often spoke of. But what if Alien 3 and ripleys death were left alone? What other directions could they have gone after Alien 3 besides resurrection? Or should the franchise have ended with the death of ripley?

    As for me, I think if they would've written Alien 4 as something totally different than resurrection, and given it to somebody like Carpenter, we'd have gotten something truly special. Maybe something along the lines of (not necessarily river of pain) normal people at a random outpost. Sort of a blend of Alien 79 and The Thing. It would've demonstrated that these creatures were not confined to lv-426, and allowed the series to continue with new characters and locations.

    That's the direction they should have gone, sort of like many of the comics. Move on from Ripley and gang, and tell a bunch of stories. Some could be in the vein of Alien/Alien 3 and some like Aliens. I just hope that Disney is not stupid enough to reboot the franchise, though.
  6. Scorpio
    Either they make a sequel to Alien Resurrection, do another spin-off or reboot.  But if they retcon it they'll ruin it.  Yes, I say retcon because if you make Aliens 2, you ruin any chance of continuing after Alien Resurrection.  It's putting the series on a totally different path to the one before.

    I would like to see a spin-off, they already brought Ripley back from the dead, time to let her character rest unless they commit to doing a sequel to A:R.
  7. Biomechanoid
    Biomechanoid already explained earlier in this thread how IMDb deals with skewed user review scores.

    He thinks he know how it works, yeah, but he is wrong

    Heh, heh. No, I don't THINK how it works. I READ how it works. They give details on their site, breaking down how their weight average system works. I'm not saying you're ignorant, but you're making ignorant comments right now because you're foolishly choosing to believe your uniformed assumptions trump stated facts that you don't bother to educated yourself on.

    Educate yourself before mouthing off, it saves you from that whole foot in mouth thingy.

    and when BP premieres I will demostrate that EASILY.

    I'll be here when you offer up your demonstration . . . . ;)
  8. Huggs
    So, Neill has his idea. We start after Aliens and move forward from there. This timeline shift and the direction of the Covenant 2 are often spoke of. But what if Alien 3 and ripleys death were left alone? What other directions could they have gone after Alien 3 besides resurrection? Or should the franchise have ended with the death of ripley?

    As for me, I think if they would've written Alien 4 as something totally different than resurrection, and given it to somebody like Carpenter, we'd have gotten something truly special. Maybe something along the lines of (not necessarily river of pain) normal people at a random outpost. Sort of a blend of Alien 79 and The Thing. It would've demonstrated that these creatures were not confined to lv-426, and allowed the series to continue with new characters and locations.
  9. Beatnation

    Because it's a bit hypocritical saying "Elysium is terrible at best" while saying Alien3 is a "masterpiece". In your opinion they might be but the majority of professional critics and regular viewers think otherwise.
    ¨

    The majority of critics at the time say that, indeed. I don't think critics nowadays will critize the movie so heavily. But to each his own.


    So does the Alien 3 assembly cut totally redeem the film then?
    ¨

    Almost. Anyhow I would love to see the original cut of the movie.


    Biomechanoid already explained earlier in this thread how IMDb deals with skewed user review scores.

    He thinks he know how it works, yeah, but he is wrong and when BP premieres I will demostrate that EASILY.

    Guys, please don't compare Chappie (one of the most poorly executed blockbuster I've ever seen) to Alien 3. You hurt my feelings :).

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yellmagazine.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F05%2Falien-3-picture-1.jpg&hash=a5c721543acd3ce0f0518c8ad40aa94f
  10. The Eighth Passenger
    First off, why are you talking about Alien 3 TC now?

    Because it's a bit hypocritical saying "Elysium is terrible at best" while saying Alien3 is a "masterpiece". In your opinion they might be but the majority of professional critics and regular viewers think otherwise.

    Quote
    Alien 3 -AC- it will be recieved VASTLY better today than it was in 1992.

    So does the Alien 3 assembly cut totally redeem the film then?

    Quote
    As for the users reviews in IMDb I say it before, fanboys and haters dominate those pool votes, decieving General Audience of what is good or bad, don't believe me? fine, let me prove it to you when Black Panther premieres.

    Biomechanoid already explained earlier in this thread how IMDb deals with skewed user review scores.
  11. Beatnation
    You know what happen when PJ is not there anymore? A movie that is terrible at best (Elysium) and a literal garbage, mess of a film (Crappie).

    Pity then that PJ wasn't there for Alien 3 then huh? A movie that must be "terrible at best" because:

    Elysium RT 67%, Metacritic 61, IMDb 6.6/10 vs. Alien 3 RT 46%, Metacritic 59, IMDb 6.4/10.

    Even "Crappie" beat Alien 3 on user reviews at IMDb 6.8/10. Ouch.

    First off, why are you talking about Alien 3 TC now? this is about the merits of Blomhack, not Fincher or do you want to compare those two? do you? I don't think you want.

    Second, we all know exactly where the Alien 3 comes from, Newt and Hicks and a big portion of the movie being cut out, atleast for the majority of the people who saw Alien 3 and think David Fincher piss on their scramble eggs. Alien 3 -AC- it will be recieved VASTLY better today than it was in 1992.

    As for the users reviews in IMDb I say it before, fanboys and haters dominate those pool votes, decieving General Audience of what is good or bad, don't believe me? fine, let me prove it to you when Black Panther premieres.
  12. The Eighth Passenger
    You know what happen when PJ is not there anymore? A movie that is terrible at best (Elysium) and a literal garbage, mess of a film (Crappie).

    Pity then that PJ wasn't there for Alien 3 then huh? A movie that must be "terrible at best" because:

    Elysium RT 67%, Metacritic 61, IMDb 6.6/10 vs. Alien 3 RT 46%, Metacritic 59, IMDb 6.4/10.

    Even "Crappie" beat Alien 3 on user reviews at IMDb 6.8/10. Ouch.

  13. BishopShouldGo
    Producer, producer... it’s a different role every film.

    Major filmmakers who have produced films have admitted they still wouldn’t be able to tell you what a producer does.

    And Neill needs to restock his cachet by making another smash hit like District 9, before making Alien. Recharge the batteries.
  14. Beatnation
    It's all speculation

    So in other words, just some shit you made up because he pissed in your cheerios?

    And yes, District 9 and Chappie were written by Blomkamp and his wife. Elysium by Blomkamp only. And yes, they got an Academy Award nomination, a Bafta nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a BFCAA nomination for best adapted screenplay (adapted from one of his own shortfilms).

    No, it's just speculation, SM said producer doesn't necessarily means PJ got some creative input in some capacity, well it also doesn't necessarily means he didn't, speculation.

    All those nominations (not a single win anyway) comes from a movie that Peter Jackson produces.
    You know what happen when PJ is not there anymore? A movie that is terrible at best (Elysium) and a literal garbage, mess of a film (Crappie).
  15. Beatnation
    Weaver may not have a gun to anybody's head but she still holds the cards.

    She wanted to be alone in Alien 3 instead of happy family with Hicks/Newt.  She states this in The Making of Alien 3.

    Now she's changed her mind, because she wants in, and it's the only way it's going to happen.

    Neill needs her, because his idea by itself isn't going to turn heads.

    ]Weaver is in a good bargaining position, unfortunately Neill is not.

    Is she tho??

    When was her last BO hit outside Avatar? (because the same would be say about any actor from that movie), Chappie was ass and flops hardcore, The Defenders got positive/mixed reviews and most of the bad reviews fault the boring story and the terrible villain, a rol played by her.

    I really like Weaver, but I don't think in this age and time she got much to bargain with Fox/Disney.

    Fox doesn't care about any of the other work she's done, she's an iconic movie character. What did Mark Hamill(great actor) have leading up to The Force Awakens?

    And let's be honest, Blomkamp is not an amateur. One of his three movies were nominated for Best Picture. Let's give the man some respect.

    Okay, maybe I'm crazy, or I'm just having a hell of a day but did you just give me an order?

    Oh I'm sorry but I always think Peter Jackson was the real reason for the success of District 9.

    What creative role did Peter J in District 9.  Being named a producer doesn't necessarily mean he had any creative input.  It's more than likely he just used his clout to get the film made after the Halo film fell over.

    It's all speculation, but what makes me think he in fact help with the script is that Blomkamp aĺways use the same writer for alĺ his movies and it's D9, the one where PJ participate,  the only decent, so take it as you wish but I believe he probably overseer the script in some capacity.
  16. SM
    Weaver may not have a gun to anybody's head but she still holds the cards.

    She wanted to be alone in Alien 3 instead of happy family with Hicks/Newt.  She states this in The Making of Alien 3.

    Now she's changed her mind, because she wants in, and it's the only way it's going to happen.

    Neill needs her, because his idea by itself isn't going to turn heads.

    ]Weaver is in a good bargaining position, unfortunately Neill is not.

    Is she tho??

    When was her last BO hit outside Avatar? (because the same would be say about any actor from that movie), Chappie was ass and flops hardcore, The Defenders got positive/mixed reviews and most of the bad reviews fault the boring story and the terrible villain, a rol played by her.

    I really like Weaver, but I don't think in this age and time she got much to bargain with Fox/Disney.

    Fox doesn't care about any of the other work she's done, she's an iconic movie character. What did Mark Hamill(great actor) have leading up to The Force Awakens?

    And let's be honest, Blomkamp is not an amateur. One of his three movies were nominated for Best Picture. Let's give the man some respect.

    Okay, maybe I'm crazy, or I'm just having a hell of a day but did you just give me an order?

    Oh I'm sorry but I always think Peter Jackson was the real reason for the success of District 9.

    What creative role did Peter J in District 9.  Being named a producer doesn't necessarily mean he had any creative input.  It's more than likely he just used his clout to get the film made after the Halo film fell over.
  17. Huggs
    Before Neil is ever allowed to get near the Alien franchise, let him make his long lost Halo movie first. He was quite excited about it at one time if I remember it correctly. Youtube video aside, give him access to that material and a decent budget, and let's see what he brings to the table before he gets to take the reins on a full blown Aliens sequel.

    The weaver situation is interesting. I don't pretend to know exactly what's going on there, but I sincerely hope any demands or conditions she "might" have (or have had) do not prove detrimental to the film, should it be made. If it was indeed re-written to include her, I hope any input and authority she might have over the script is minor going foward. To segway somewhat, I've held back from saying it for quite some time now, and no offense is implied to Weaver or Neil. But, I'm legitimately concerned that due to the current political climate, and the tone of Neil's previous films and Weaver, we might wind up with a VERY political film.

    And to clarify on any possible script conditions that Weaver might have had, or may have in the future. I merely mean to state that I'd rather we get to see Neil's original idea for the film. Whatever happens, I'd rather it be the honest portrayal of his original vision for the movie.

    "No offense is implied to Weaver at all".

    I just hope she doesn't use any potential influence to force changes on a film that could've had serious potential just the way it was.
  18. Beatnation
    Weaver may not have a gun to anybody's head but she still holds the cards.

    She wanted to be alone in Alien 3 instead of happy family with Hicks/Newt.  She states this in The Making of Alien 3.

    Now she's changed her mind, because she wants in, and it's the only way it's going to happen.

    Neill needs her, because his idea by itself isn't going to turn heads.

    ]Weaver is in a good bargaining position, unfortunately Neill is not.

    Is she tho??

    When was her last BO hit outside Avatar? (because the same would be say about any actor from that movie), Chappie was ass and flops hardcore, The Defenders got positive/mixed reviews and most of the bad reviews fault the boring story and the terrible villain, a rol played by her.

    I really like Weaver, but I don't think in this age and time she got much to bargain with Fox/Disney.

    Fox doesn't care about any of the other work she's done, she's an iconic movie character. What did Mark Hamill(great actor) have leading up to The Force Awakens?

    And let's be honest, Blomkamp is not an amateur. One of his three movies were nominated for Best Picture. Let's give the man some respect.

    Okay, maybe I'm crazy, or I'm just having a hell of a day but did you just give me an order?

    Oh I'm sorry but I always think Peter Jackson was the real reason for the success of District 9.
  19. BishopShouldGo
    Weaver may not have a gun to anybody's head but she still holds the cards.

    She wanted to be alone in Alien 3 instead of happy family with Hicks/Newt.  She states this in The Making of Alien 3.

    Now she's changed her mind, because she wants in, and it's the only way it's going to happen.

    Neill needs her, because his idea by itself isn't going to turn heads.

    ]Weaver is in a good bargaining position, unfortunately Neill is not.

    Is she tho??

    When was her last BO hit outside Avatar? (because the same would be say about any actor from that movie), Chappie was ass and flops hardcore, The Defenders got positive/mixed reviews and most of the bad reviews fault the boring story and the terrible villain, a rol played by her.

    I really like Weaver, but I don't think in this age and time she got much to bargain with Fox/Disney.

    Fox doesn't care about any of the other work she's done, she's an iconic movie character. What did Mark Hamill(great actor) have leading up to The Force Awakens?

    And let's be honest, Blomkamp is not an amateur. One of his three movies were nominated for Best Picture. Let's give the man some respect.
  20. Beatnation
    Weaver may not have a gun to anybody's head but she still holds the cards.

    She wanted to be alone in Alien 3 instead of happy family with Hicks/Newt.  She states this in The Making of Alien 3.

    Now she's changed her mind, because she wants in, and it's the only way it's going to happen.

    Neill needs her, because his idea by itself isn't going to turn heads.

    ]Weaver is in a good bargaining position, unfortunately Neill is not.

    Is she tho??

    When was her last BO hit outside Avatar? (because the same would be say about any actor from that movie), Chappie was ass and flops hardcore, The Defenders got positive/mixed reviews and most of the bad reviews fault the boring story and the terrible villain, a rol played by her.

    I really like Weaver, but I don't think in this age and time she got much to bargain with Fox/Disney.
  21. Scorpio
    Weaver may not have a gun to anybody's head but she still holds the cards.

    She wanted to be alone in Alien 3 instead of happy family with Hicks/Newt.  She states this in The Making of Alien 3.

    Now she's changed her mind, because she wants in, and it's the only way it's going to happen.

    Neill needs her, because his idea by itself isn't going to turn heads.

    Weaver is in a good bargaining position, unfortunately Neill is not. 
  22. Xenomorphine
    Yeah, you're quite right. Blomkamp said his original story idea was a very different beast and didn't involve Weaver at all. But it was while filming Chappie that Weaver told him she was quite keen to reprise her original Ripley character. That convinced him to re-write his story and effectively turn it into a direct Aliens sequel. At that point the studio didn't even know he was working on an Alien film.

    Having Weaver on-board would very likely have increased his chances of getting the film off the ground, so it was probably a smart move. It wasn't just Blomkamp pitching an Alien movie to Fox now, it was Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver.

    This is what I don't understand about the pre-emptive critics of this project. They keep blaming Blomkamp for the scant few details we even have about the story (Ripley being included and 'Alien 3' somehow being negated), when he was never responsible for that angle. If one wants to land the blame (or praise) for that stuff, then aim at Weaver.

    And she's been the one person continuously associated with the series, who has consistently praised the third and fourth films, to this very day.

    Put yourself in his position. You casually chat with one of your screen icons about a story you've been working on - one which we know would have continued after the third film. She responds positively and the ball actually seems to get rolling on something you're creatively passionate about. She's willing to not only feature, but use her contacts and reputation to help get it started.

    You're going to refuse that kind of personal involvement? With one of the best actresses still in show business?

    You're either an idiot or have no idea how difficult it could be in the Hollywood system, if you honestly think you would say no.

    We have very little in the way of story details to go on. Certainly not enough to decry whatever writing was done as supposed fan-fiction (any more than we have enough to cheerlead it). All I know is that NB has repeatedly voiced, in interviews, an understanding of what works about the original two films and why those elements are so timeless. He knows it needs to return to themes like psychosexuality, biomechanics, genuine horror, etcetera.

    None of use know of the end result would have been any good, but I can't argue against him on those ingredients being necessary to properly revitalise this series of films.

    Is there a worry about certain things he might have tried introducing? Sure. That goes with any artistic talent getting a chance at adding something to this - including Scott. But blame Weaver for the Ripley/Hicks/Newt/retcon stuff. If it's meant to take place not long after 'Aliens' and a military element happens to be involved, one would expect Colonial Marine-related visuals to have been included in concept art. Indeed, 'Alien 3' uncluded a Sulaco-like ship, pulse rifles, Weyland-Yutani and that struck a very different tone to 'Aliens'.

    We simply do not know enough about what was in the works to make any kind of judgement calls over it.
  23. Huggs
    Well, one could look at it this way. Ignoring the "process" of retconning, what we're dealing with is a group of characters in a movie. Those characters were seen dead by the viewing audience long ago, and countless times since. The effect their new presence has on the franchise is irrelevant. Alternate timelines and other shoehorns aside, it will be the same viewing audience that saw them die in Alien 3. To me, those characters are long dead and gone. Officially, they're long dead and gone. To see them resurrected for any reason, is just weird and unnecessary. David creating the Alien and the jockey being a giant member of the blue-man group is crazy enough. Having 3 dead characters alive and onscreen again would be the cow that jumps the shark.

    And yes, to be technical, to ignore is to disregard. Effectively if we're ignoring Alien 3 then we're disregarding it. Which is technically retconning. Either way, I understand where he's coming from. He loves the second movie, and wants another film like it with the same characters. I just don't personally find it a good idea for this franchise. But, if it winds up being made, I hope it's made well and we all get to see a great movie. Might as well try and be positive.
  24. Beatnation
    An older Hicks was in his artwork, and Michael Biehn confirmed he was contacted about the film before it was cancelled. I'm all ears if you can rationally explain how bringing back his dead character does not in fact retcon Alien 3.

    And I think most of the hate towards Blomkamp's proposed film was about bringing back these dead characters rather than it returning to the action-oriented approach of Aliens.

    No need to rationally explain how he's bringing back dead characters if they never died. As Bishop already explained, Blomkamp's film follows an alternative timeline. It's Alien, Aliens and then the timelines diverge. It's two separate universes from then on out that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with each other anymore.

    It would have been a retcon if Blomkamp was going to explain Alien 3 away as a bad dream or through some other daft method such as time-travel or Hicks and Newt clones. His solution is much more elegant, no need for retcons involving time travel, clones or bad dreams.

    Fans will now have a choice, they can either stick to the original quadrilogy timeline and version of events or follow the alternative chain of events. It's like those old choose-your-own-adventure books. But it seems certain members on here hate the idea of having a choice?

    I'm sorry, but this simply does not make any rational sense whatsoever. Hicks and Newt died in Alien 3; bringing them back would effectively retcon that film. It's really that simple.

    Do you not understand the difference between ignoring and retconning?

    Are you for real ríght now??
  25. Jonesy1974
    Retconning Alien 3, alternate timelines or fever dreams. I don't care whatever spin is put on it, it's still a naff and lazy idea.

    We've had Ripleys story and it was a perfectly rounded arc prior to Resurrection, no need to drag her back again. I liked Hicks and he had charisma but the character didn't leave a big enough impression to require his return, from death or dream. I just don't see why it's necessary to mess about with what's already established.

    Just write good new characters for people to follow, I don't think that's too much to ask.
  26. OpenMaw
    There's no indication that Newt was going to come back, and for all we know Michael Biehn's presence as Hicks might have been limited to some kind of a fever-dream hallucination.
  27. Kelgaard
    An older Hicks was in his artwork, and Michael Biehn confirmed he was contacted about the film before it was cancelled. I'm all ears if you can rationally explain how bringing back his dead character does not in fact retcon Alien 3.

    And I think most of the hate towards Blomkamp's proposed film was about bringing back these dead characters rather than it returning to the action-oriented approach of Aliens.

    No need to rationally explain how he's bringing back dead characters if they never died. As Bishop already explained, Blomkamp's film follows an alternative timeline. It's Alien, Aliens and then the timelines diverge. It's two separate universes from then on out that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with each other anymore.

    It would have been a retcon if Blomkamp was going to explain Alien 3 away as a bad dream or through some other daft method such as time-travel or Hicks and Newt clones. His solution is much more elegant, no need for retcons involving time travel, clones or bad dreams.

    Fans will now have a choice, they can either stick to the original quadrilogy timeline and version of events or follow the alternative chain of events. It's like those old choose-your-own-adventure books. But it seems certain members on here hate the idea of having a choice?

    I'm sorry, but this simply does not make any rational sense whatsoever. Hicks and Newt died in Alien 3; bringing them back would effectively retcon that film. It's really that simple.

    Do you not understand the difference between ignoring and retconning?

  28. The Eighth Passenger
    Only guessing but probably his idea after discussions with Weaver while working on Chappie.

    Judging from the response at the time, the only people who weren't keen on the idea were a segment of Alien fans.

    Yeah, you're quite right. Blomkamp said his original story idea was a very different beast and didn't involve Weaver at all. But it was while filming Chappie that Weaver told him she was quite keen to reprise her original Ripley character. That convinced him to re-write his story and effectively turn it into a direct Aliens sequel. At that point the studio didn't even know he was working on an Alien film.

    Having Weaver on-board would very likely have increased his chances of getting the film off the ground, so it was probably a smart move. It wasn't just Blomkamp pitching an Alien movie to Fox now, it was Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver.

    I'm not sure that was the thinking back then. Didn't Hill or Giler make some sort of comment during Alien 3's production about sticking the title Alien on a video of someone pissing up a wall for 3 hours and it'd make money? The fanbase or franchise probably wasn't as fractured back then.

    Well, Gearbox basically did that and yep, it still made money.
  29. Scorpio
    "James Cameron always used to talk about the possibilities of Alien 3 and what would happen ...  He always planned on Ripley, Hicks and Newt going back to Earth and being a family.  And throughout the movie there's different parts where there's a shot of the three of us and like in medlab when the aliens had attacked Sigourney there's a shot of me giving Sigourney a hug and Hicks right behind her and that was like his big family shot." 

    -Carrie Henn on the Making of Alien 3

« Newer Comments 1234 Older Comments »
Facebook Twitter Instagram Steam RSS Feed