Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection will be completely disregarded as the upcoming Alien movie attempts to rewrite the franchise.
Neill Blomkamp, who is currently working on an untitled Alien movie, has revealed that this film will likely rewrite the events of the franchise… and completely ignore the last two Alien movies.
“I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens,” Blomkamp explained. “So it’s Alien, Aliens and then this movie.”
Of course, most fans will be glad to see the back of the much-maligned Alien Resurrection. But what about Alien 3? While it’s certainly not the strongest film in the franchise, it still had a lot going for it… and I get the feeling some fans might not be quite so pleased that it’s being written out of the franchise.
But original star Sigourney Weaver is all in favour of this approach… and it seems she’ll eagerly reprise the role of Ellen Ripley.
“I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story,” she said. “So when somebody like Neill Blomkamp said ‘well, I’m interested in finishing the story’, my little ears picked up.”
“We started chatting on the set of Chappie almost right away, about his love for these movies, and then he starts to send me the artwork over the last year, and a lot of story ideas… I’m delighted that he’s interested in doing this. I think it’s a great series – it deserves a proper ending. I know the fans would love that and so I hope it works out.”
Considering Neill Blomkamp’s success in conquering all aspects of the sci-fi genre, it feels as though he’s the perfect director to reinvigorate the franchise. And I can’t help thinking that picking up where Aliens left off is exactly the right idea.
But what makes the franchise so special to Blomkamp?
“It’s a Freudian kind of nightmare,” he said. “That element, to me, is what is so appealing – to try to put the audience on the edge of their seat the whole time in a traditional, monster stalking you, dark corridor, way. I love that. And when you mix in all of the design elements and the life cycle of the alien, you know… it’s just a powder keg of creativity for me.”
What do you think of Blomkamp’s decision? Will the new sequel be better than Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection? Let us know what you think in the comments below…