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Blomkamp Suggests Chappie Is Reason He Didn’t Do Alien Sequel

Neill Blomkamp has done a fairly frank interview with The Guardian while promoting his latest film, Demonic. Blomkamp’s last film was 2015’s Chappie which performed okay at the box office but received generally negative reviews. The director was asked about his cancelled Alien sequel and suggests that Ridley Scott saw Chappie and realised that his Alien film wasn’t a project worth pursuing: “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,”

 Blomkamp Suggests Chappie Is Reason He Didn't Do Alien Sequel

Ripley & Hicks confront Mercenary

His Alien film was going to retcon Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection and bring back both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn in the roles of Ripley and Hicks. Blomkamp goes onto mention feeling sorry for Sigourney Weaver who really liked what he had done.

“I also felt bad for Sigourney because she was really into what I had brought forward… 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…. 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.”

Blomkamp does sound a little upset about how the project ended, having worked on it for two years, only for it to be abandoned. He hasn’t spoken to Ridley Scott since then and refuses to get involved in another studio’s intellectual property, having also had problems trying to get Halo off the ground too.

“Not after, no no no, there’s no coming back from that… 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… I’m sure they will make many films with that piece of IP, it just doesn’t include me.”

Blomkamp also appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience and said a similar thing about Chappie. Blomkamp ‘announced’ his Alien project in early 2015, posting concept art on his Instagram account. Ridley Scott was taking a wait and see approach and wanted to get Alien Covenant done first. Cut to 2017, the project was long dead with 20th Century Fox no longer pursuing it. A huge amount of Alien 5 concept art has come out over the years though, showing what could have been.



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  1. The Eighth Passenger
    Blomkamp has lashed out at people before on twitter, so it's very difficult to discern his so-called "sarcasm". More like he's probably just doing damage control after he got berated numerous times and cooled down a bit.

    Villeneuve (unlike Blomkamp) did "get to play in Ridley Scott's universe". 2049 then proceeded to bomb at the box office and what happens? Villeneuve gets to make another big-budget film based on one of the best sci-fi novels ever written (that also happens to be Villeneuve's favourite book),

    Now Dune is getting rave reviews and Warner media have assured Villeneuve that he'll still get to make part two even if Dune underperforms at the box office.

    Whereas Blomkamp has numerous big sci-fi projects that never came to fruition, Halo, Alien 5, Robocop, D9 sequel and now his latest film is getting negative reviews.

    So one can understand why Blomkamp would be feeling a wee bit jealous towards this fellow Canadian director. Still very bad form to lash out at him like that.
  2. Nightmare Asylum
    high tech priests with weapons which was best part of the movie but ends up in a big let down.

    Also agreed with this. Very fun idea that honestly could have carried a (much better) movie in its own right, that is ultimately cast aside here and nothing of note is done with it. It all just feels so arbitrary in the end. :-\

    And where visuals and satire are usually Blomkamp's stronger suits, even in Elysium which I'd say was his weakest outing prior to Demonic, there's literally nothing intetesting at play in the way of either of those assets here.
  3. Nightmare Asylum
    Yeah, I wasn't into this at all unfortunately. I'm a Blomkamp supporter by and large (I still stand by Chappie!) but this movie was just a big ol' nothing. Grew bored while watching, and I've mostly completely forgotten it by now.

    I'll still check out whatever he does next, since I dig District 9 and Chappie... and Elysium has its moments. I want to see Blomkamp do more cool, oddball things, and the intent behind this one, to do something small in scale while the world was shut down with limited resources, was admirable I guess, but this one ain't it, Neill. And I don't think his Alien movie would have been it, either.

    Neill seems to have kind of gone the way of M. Night Shyamalan, it seems (a much more apt comparison than the Paul W.S. Anderson comparison I see people throwing around occasionally).
  4. The Eighth Passenger
    NA was supposed to have checked out his new movie the other day but he hasn't said a word - no review, no nothing.

    So I can only assume he was so shocked by it that he will never ever speak a single word about Blomkamp ever again.  :-\
  5. skhellter
    a lot of the concept art for Alien V just feels generic too.

    The mercenaries look like standard enemies from Cyberpunk 2077
    Nothing unique about them.

    And the stuff that is unique, like the biomechanical suits.. just looks embarrassing.

    There's nothing in this about sexuality gone wrong, or anything else that makes the alien really interesting..
    It would've been a story about RIpley defeating the BIG COMPANY!
    directed by a rich kid.. who simps for Elon Musk.
  6. judge death
    After seeing his new movie demonic I can say I´m convinced he would had done a bad alien V movie as he tried to do simple horror in demonic and mixing it with monster/abstract humanoid demon designs which didnt hold up very well, and still one get a sense of him wanting to dos cifi and shoter movie as he mixes in scifi into it and high tech priests with weapons which was best part of the movie but ends up in a big let down.

    Chappie was a master piece in comparison to this movie.
  7. Hatemorph
    He didn’t denounce it solely because of the quality, but for the nightmare production. I do agree the theatrical cut is bad, but the special edition is great. I’m sure if Fincher got his way, it would have been a masterpiece.
    The fact that Hicks and Newt die is what makes Aliens fan boys denounce and hate it, but really, the story was always about Ripley and this was Ripley’s ending. That’s it.
  8. BlueMarsalis79
    It's the correct comparison.

    This idea's successful in no reality with the mainstream audiences.

    Genisys made most of its money from China, for the same reason Transformers makes a lot, schlock trash.
  9. Voodoo Magic
    This kind of semi-franchise reboot with the original leads back only really worked financially with an R-rated film in Halloween's case in 2018, but that's a much cheaper to make horror movie as opposed to the big budget R-rated sci-fi that was Dark Fate. Halloween was a financial success with two sequels immediately green lit and Dark Fate was a financial disaster, despite the two making roughly the same amount of money domestically. Alien isn't really any bigger a franchise than either of those and would likely make roughly the same amount as they did (just as Covenant's box office numbers sit very comfortably alongside both Dark Fate's and Halloween's), but it would cost much closer to Dark Fate's budget to make than it would Halloween's.

    I still think comparing this to Dark Fate is somewhat misguided. I'm personally confident that Dark Fate would have made more money if Terminator Genisys didn't exist several years prior with the same James Cameron proclaiming to audiences that this is the true T3 again. Call it the Suicide Squad effect, Tomb Raider effect, what have you.

    The correct comparison to me in the Terminator world to Blomkamp's Alien film is Arnold's return after 12 years to Terminator Genisys. It made $440 Million worldwide (enough to greenlight a course correction film) after two poisonous trailers, poisonous reviews and poisonous word of mouth. Now imagine if it was good. Maybe we'd be anticipating a Furiousa/Newt film right now.
  10. Nightmare Asylum
    Oh Covenant's box office is absolutely a big part of it. As is Chappie's reception and box office. And Ridley's plans. And the fact that the Blomkamp's film was dead long before Dark Fate ever released. That's all very undeniable.

    I brought up Dark Fate specifically in response to a response someone made about the studio (that currently being Disney, of course) finding this iteration too "interesting and risky a concept for a studio to support," and I was just pointing out that Dark Fate's release aligns pretty well with the aftermath of Disney's acquisition of Fox, and represents many of the factors as to why I can't see Disney/20th Century Studios imagining that Blomkamp's film would have been any more financially viable than any other attempt at Alien at the time.

    Like Terminator, the Alien box office has been dwindling as of late. Covenant couldn't even make enough money to make a direct sequel to that viable, and the last stab at the Terminator franchise with the series leads in place didn't do anything at all to help out in that franchise's case. Why should that be different in Alien's case? How many more people would actually flock to Blomkamp's film than did Covenant solely for Ripley and Hicks?

    This kind of semi-franchise reboot with the original leads back only really worked financially with an R-rated film in Halloween's case in 2018, but that's a much cheaper to make horror movie as opposed to the big budget R-rated sci-fi that was Dark Fate. Halloween was a financial success with two sequels immediately green lit and Dark Fate was a financial disaster, despite the two making roughly the same amount of money domestically. Alien isn't really any bigger a franchise than either of those and would likely make roughly the same amount as they did (just as Covenant's box office numbers sit very comfortably alongside both Dark Fate's and Halloween's), but it would cost much closer to Dark Fate's budget to make than it would Halloween's.
  11. Voodoo Magic
    Arnold had been in all of the bad ones right though. His return in Dark Fate was no different than him coming back in Rise of the Machines or Genisys. His return was a given.

    A given? Arnold was 68 years old! Nah, the last time Arnold had played a Terminator was in 2003 in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines". (No one counts that horrible cg "Arnold" face that was on screen for a collective 30 seconds in "Terminator Salvation".) So Arnold's return was not a given, especially at that age in a reboot, but in conversations with Cameron, Ellison and Cameron's friend writer Laeta Kalogridis, it was a necessity. So staying uncredited, Cameron came up with a way for Arnold to return in Terminator Genisys... where Terminators can age, etc.  And the top billing attraction of the film was the young Arnold versus old Arnold fight. (Nice CG!)

    So you have Cameron’s idea of the T800 aging in "Terminator Genisys", Cameron in the forefront of promoting "Terminator Genisys" raving about the film and that he considers it the true T3 third movie in the franchise, and the 1984 Arnold fighting a 2015 Arnold. Just plain awesome! (Until many saw the reviews or movie)

    Then 4 years later, they do the same thing again? James Cameron is back saying "Terminator Dark Fate" is the real T3 again. Arnold is back as an aging cybernetic organism again. The trailers look bad again. But this time we brought back Linda Hamilton? Yeah, pass... like so many did. So I think what you're doing is not a fair apples to apples comparison.

    Anyway, the poor box office of Alien Covenant was likely the final nail in Blomkamp's Alien film coffin way back in 2017... two years before you could even buy a ticket for Terminator Dark Fate.
  12. Immortan Jonesy
    I love the idea that Ridley watched Chappie and refused to ever utter another word to Blomkamp ever again. Damn mate the movie wasn’t that bad.

     :laugh:

    Below Right: Ridley Scott photographed while watching Chappie:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwkuMo_VYAAmHa9?format=jpg&name=large

    Interesting though... Chappie was a unmitigated mullet fest. Then along comes Raised by Wolves & The Last Duel and what do we get? Mullets...

    Isn't it similar to that time when he saw AVP ? 🤔

    https://s9.gifyu.com/images/gif-19650203dad85d149.gif
  13. Nightmare Asylum
    I'd be more than willing to bet any money that, if Disney did briefly consider bringing this back after acquiring Fox, any desire they probably had to make it was likely squashed by how Terminator: Dark Fate performed. Realistically speaking, why would this perform any differently from that? It's the same exact situation - it's an expensive, R-rated sci-fi film serving as a partial sequel bringing back the original franchise lead and wiping away the lesser-liked installments. And it bombed.

    Hmm. I don't personally think it's the same exact situation.

    First I love Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. But while fantastic, Linda was never the international draw or the star. Arnold Schwarzenegger had always been the title draw in the Terminator franchise, and Sigourney Weaver in Alien is more equivalent to him, than to her.

    But to be the same exact situation, Sigourney would have tried to retcon Alien 3 twice. If you recall Terminator Genisys with Arnold in 2015 retconned T3 & Salvation to a tally of 440 Million, but audiences were turned off to its casting and quality. But it made enough worldwide to justify another try. So in 2019, they retconned both T3 & Salvation again with Dark Fate with a tally of $261 Million and clearly at that point, collectively, audiences started having enough.

    Arnold had been in all of the bad ones right though. His return in Dark Fate was no different than him coming back in Rise of the Machines or Genisys. His return was a given.

    The presence of Hamilton and Cameron is what actually differentiated it from past movies. And it still bombed. Like the Terminator movies being a few installments removed from Hamiltion, Alien was a few removed from Sigourney. But at the end of the day, the general audience doesn't care about whether it's a reboot or a sequel or what have you. It's just another new installment in a franchise that had been seeing diminishing returns.
  14. The Eighth Passenger
    I love the idea that Ridley watched Chappie and refused to ever utter another word to Blomkamp ever again. Damn mate the movie wasn’t that bad.

     :laugh:

    Below Right: Ridley Scott photographed while watching Chappie:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwkuMo_VYAAmHa9?format=jpg&name=large

    Interesting though... Chappie was a unmitigated mullet fest. Then along comes Raised by Wolves & The Last Duel and what do we get? Mullets...
  15. Voodoo Magic
    I'd be more than willing to bet any money that, if Disney did briefly consider bringing this back after acquiring Fox, any desire they probably had to make it was likely squashed by how Terminator: Dark Fate performed. Realistically speaking, why would this perform any differently from that? It's the same exact situation - it's an expensive, R-rated sci-fi film serving as a partial sequel bringing back the original franchise lead and wiping away the lesser-liked installments. And it bombed.

    Hmm. I don't personally think it's the same exact situation.

    First I love Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. But while fantastic, Linda was never the international draw or the star. Arnold Schwarzenegger had always been the title draw in the Terminator franchise, and Sigourney Weaver in Alien is more equivalent to him, than to her.

    But to be the same exact situation, Sigourney would have tried to retcon Alien 3 twice. If you recall Terminator Genisys with Arnold in 2015 retconned T3 & Salvation to a tally of 440 Million, but audiences were turned off to its casting and quality. But it made enough worldwide to justify another try. So in 2019, they retconned both T3 & Salvation again with Dark Fate with a tally of $261 Million and clearly at that point, collectively, audiences started having enough.
  16. Nightmare Asylum
    I'd be more than willing to bet any money that, if Disney did briefly consider bringing this back after acquiring Fox, any desire they probably had to make it was likely squashed by how Terminator: Dark Fate performed. Realistically speaking, why would this perform any differently from that? It's the same exact situation - it's an expensive, R-rated sci-fi film serving as a partial sequel bringing back the original franchise lead and wiping away the lesser-liked installments. And it bombed.
  17. [cancerblack]
    If Disney were smart they should've revived the project but hearing about the new tv-series in the works, set on Earth, and probably star a bunch of activists getting face hugged  :P ...maybe it'll be entertaining to watch.

    kek.

    But It’s not surprise it didn’t get made. It’s far too interesting and risky a concept for a studio to support.

    Threadly reminder that if you wanted this movie, these are the people who agree with you.
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