That phrase always wants me to punch someone in the face. True sequel to the first two movies? What does that really mean? It means: A movie that is just like my beloved ALIENS, but I'm referring to ALIEN as token by association so that I sound level-headed and informed and not like the raging forever adolescent fanboy with a hard-on for Hicks that I really am.
Yup, choose your adventure is what it looks like. This movie project just feels so insincere and a joke in so many ways. The way Blomkamp is approaching this as a movie makes me cringe. Fans make horrible movies because they are too tangled up in their fandom and can't help infringing on the quality of the movie in favor of fan-service and one's own fandom. It's gonna be there and it is going to pollute everything. It will drive the wedge between fans even further and make the franchise and it's movies even sillier and campy than it already is.
SpreadEagleBeagle let me say that I absolutely feel your pain, because I have been there before. I was there when PREDATORS was being produced and toted around as the "true sequel" to the 1987 original. And much like you, I wanted to punch and still want to punch someone in the face. So I understand your pain. I understand your frustration, and I completely sympathize with you. I really do. I mean... Did I want another Alien movie to be made? Hell no! And no one asked for it.. except for maybe people who were disappointed with Prometheus but considering that this is Blomkamp, who more or less now confirmed what he's going with the movies and his stance on it.. It's pretty distressing. I understand. The same thing happened with PREDATORS, and the same thing is happening here.
PREDATORS had a Predator 1 fanboy helming the project, and here we have an ALIENS fan helming the project but now he's being told to accommodate for Prometheus. A movie that Ridley Scott is hashing out and is continuing to hash out with his sequel. And as someone had said, it seemed like Blomkamp complied because Scott is his idol. Infact, it's looking like this is the PREDATORS of the Alien franchise as far as direct sequels go. Do I like the fact that it's changing things? Hell no.
But he's not "undoing" Alien 3 and Resurrection. Those are still there and will always be a part of the series. It's probably best to look at the series now like the Godzilla and Halloween films. We've got alternate timelines/continuity paths now. I don't care if what I just said gets certain fans panties in a damn knot.. CANON BE DAMNED!
Especially considering that the franchises have been retconned/rebooted twice already (PREDATORS and Prometheus) and now a third time? Well, if you ask me, picking and choosing your adventure is not a bad thing.. If you ask me.. it gives us a way out to follow what we want.
You want to follow Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection's timeline? Be my guest! You won't be wrong!