Sigourney Weaver gives us an update.
In 2015, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp announced he would be directing an Aliens sequel that would essentially ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and act as if those two films never happened. It would pick up after the end of Aliens, and continue the story of Ripley, Hicks, and Newt, with Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn set to return as their iconic characters. I was really excited about this news, as I think Blomkamp would do the franchise justice and give Aliens the sequel it deserves, instead of the two abominations we have currently.
Unfortunately, things looked pretty bleak for the project when it was announced Blomkamp’s Alien film was being put on hold indefinitely for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant. Blomkamp’s Alien was originally slated for 2017, but Alien: Covenant essentially took it’s place.
That news really bummed me out. Aside from the visuals, I was really not a fan of Prometheus. I think the film failed to do what it promised, had a poor and incoherent script, and overall weakened the Alien universe even further. I was not at all interested in a sequel to a prequel of the original Alien, and would much rather revisit Ripley and company after the events of Aliens.
For a while, it seemed as if Blomkamp’s Alien was dead in the water due to Alien: Covenant, but Sigourney Weaver has insisted that it’s still happening. She gave an update on the project, and unofficially confirmed that the film is still in development:
“Well, I think it is. Ridley asked Neill not to make our Alien ’til after ‘Prometheus 2.’ [Ridley] wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an amazing script, and Neill and I are really excited about doing it. We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we didn’t do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.”
So the hope is still alive for Blomkamp’s Alien! I really do hope this ends up happening. Aliens is one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time, and I hate what its sequels did to the characters I love. I feel Blomkamp’s directorial style would lend itself perfectly to the Alien universe, and reinvigorate the franchise as a whole. At the very least I can guarantee that it would be better than Prometheus. Bleh.
Take a look at the poster for the upcoming “Alien Day”.