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It seems like we get some new "Alien"/"Prometheus" news every other day nowadays. Months back, we heard that Neill Blomkamp would be helming an "Alien 5" movie (one that disregarded the existence of "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection"), and that Ridley Scott would be working on a "Prometheus 2." Some time after that, Scott revealed that "Prometheus 2" would actually be an "Alien" movie, and that Blomkamp's film has been delayed indefinitely. Despite the original "Prometheus" only sharing the DNA and world with the original "Alien" film, Scott now seems oddly adamant at linking the two franchises together.
In a conference in Sydney, Scott delved further into his plans with the franchise, and explains his inspirations for "Prometheus" and how the whole thing will eventually tie together (via THR).
“'Prometheus 1' was born out of my frustration that on 'Alien 1' in 1979 — I only did one as I don't normally do sequels. »
- Joseph Medina
Unperturbed by the divisive reception of 2012’s Prometheus, Ridley Scott has mapped out some of the big plans in store for his Alien franchise moving forward. Now that we know 2017 will herald the release of Alien: Covenant, the esteemed director has confirmed that said sequel will lay the groundwork for “another one, and then another one.”
Keen to dovetail the story of his Alien prequel trilogy with the seminal 1979 original, we’re learned of Scott’s desire to take full control of the sci-fi franchise, effectively ordering Neill Blomkamp’s pitched follow-up to the shelf for the foreseeable future. Shedding light on the origins of the indelible Xenomorph, the director has promised that answers are coming, and the release of Covenant is just the beginning.
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Speaking at a Sydney press conference (via The Hollywood Reporter), Scott announced the news just as Alien: Covenant readies itself to slither into pre-production. »
- Michael Briers
There's a lot that fans already know about Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie, even though it hasn't yet gone into production. The film was, after all, announced by Fox only after Blomkamp shared concept artwork on social media (something he's continued to do post-announcement), and Blomkamp has given interviews talking about where the movie falls within the series' mythology. Now Michael Biehn, whose character Hicks from 1986's Aliens has appeared in the released concept art, has spoken about what he knows about the project. "The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed," Biehn explained during
- Graeme McMillan
With Alien: Covenant set to be released in 2017, it was recently revealed that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 has been put on hold. It’s an understandable decision, especially as an Alien prequel and sequel (set four movies later) being released within a year or two of each other could have caused some serious confusion. However,
The post Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 to Feature a Grown-Up Newt appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Josh Wilding
Icons of Fright recently sat down for an exclusive interview with veteran actor Michael Biehn to talk about his latest feature film, "24 Hour Rental." Biehn had the opportunity to work with legendary director James Cameron on three of his biggest blockbusters which included 1984's "The Terminator" (1984), "Aliens" (1986) and "The Abyss" (1989). Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") was announced earlier this year as the director for a new "Alien" film which would be a continuation from Cameron's "Aliens" sequel and feature the return of lead protagonist Ellen Ripley (Weaver) and Corporal Hicks (Biehn).
Biehn talked about the newly announced "Alien" film saying:
"They're talking about doing another "Aliens" movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney (Weaver) has come out and announced it. The basic idea is acting like "Alien 3" and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamps site, everyone can see all the artwork for that. »
- J.B. Casas
How you feel about "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection" will probably determine how you feel about Neill Blomkamp's planned (but seemingly stalled-out) fifth installment in the long-running sci-fi/horror/action franchise, which is rumored to be a direct continuation of James Cameron's "Aliens" that will completely ignore the events of the third and fourth entries in the series. Given those films' less-than-beloved reputations, I assume that most fans wouldn't mind Blomkamp rescuing Newt (Carrie Henn) and Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) from their grisly fates in "Alien 3's" bummer prologue. In a new interview with Icons of Fright, Biehn seems to confirm that Blomkamp's vision would pick up where "Aliens" left off, with Hicks, Ripley and Newt reconvening 20 years after the events of James Cameron's 1986 sequel. "The basic idea is acting like 'Alien 3' and '4' never existed," Biehn told the site, later adding: "I know »
- Chris Eggertsen
There’s so much going on in the Alien universe right now that it’s become hard to keep track of it all, but we’re doing our best to stay on top of this one. For now, all you need to know… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
There seemed to be a good deal of disappointment going around when Neill Blomkamp's plans for an Alien sequel were stuck on the shelf, in favor of Ridley Scott getting a clear runway to go ahead and make Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost Alien: Covenant. Fueled by the enthusiasm for a batch of cool concept art imagery, a segment of fans preferred something more Ripley-based if the series was going... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Back in February, it was confirmed that 20th Century Fox is moving forward with Alien 5, which has Neill Blomkamp set to direct and Ridley Scott producing. Unfortunately, we reported last month that Alien 5 has been put on hold indefinitely, so the studio and Ridley Scott can focus on making a sequel to Prometheus, now entitled Alien: Covenant. We first heard about Alien 5 in January, when Neill Blomkamp shared concept art illustrations that featured Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks from the 1986 sequel Aliens, with Michael Biehn revealing himself in March that he may come back as Hicks. The actor recently spoke with Icons of Fright, where he revealed that Alien 5 will feature an adult version of Newt, played by Carrie Henn in Aliens.
"I think when they put that out there and have pictures with me as Hicks again, people were excited and though I'm not into online stuff much, »
Last month came word that Neill Blomkamp's direct sequel to "Aliens" had been put on hold by 20th Century Fox due to the pending production of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Covenant" which starts filming in Australia in February.
Scott, an executive producer on Blomkamp's project, is rumored to have been the one behind the decision to put the rival project on hold - to both Blomkamp and Fox's chagrin. Along with Sigourney Weaver, actor Michael Biehn was tipped to be returning for the film which would see him reprise the role of Cpl. Dwayne Hicks from the 1986 classic.
The veteran actor recently spoke with Icons of Fright about the film, which seems to be indefinitely shelved at this point, and revealed that the new film would've dealt with not just his return but that of Newt with a late twentysomething actress being sought for the part:
- Garth Franklin
The only battle bigger than the one between humans and xenomorphs is the one between the films about humans and xenomorphs. Both Ridley Scott and Neill Blomkamp were working on their own films set in the Alien world. At this point it looks like Blomkamp.s movie is essentially dead until Scott is done making Prometheus 2 however, actor Michael Biehn just gave us some insight about what that movie was going to be about and it turns out it was going to focus on a familiar character, but not Ripley. In a recent interview, Biehn says that Blomkamp.s film would bring back two characters familiar to fans of James Cameron.s Aliens, his own Corporal Hicks and a grown-up Newt. From what Biehn tells Icons Of Fright, it sounds like the film would put Newt in the lead, allowing her to potentially take over the franchise from Sigourney Weaver. »
Back at the start of the year, it was announced that Neill Blomkamp (Chappie) would be directing a fifth instalment of the Alien franchise, which would see the return of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, along with Corporal Hicks, who was played by Michael Biehn in 1986’s Aliens.
However, last month it was revealed that Fox has put the project on hold due to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant, which is set to start production in February ahead of October 2017 release. Still, Biehn remains hopeful that Alien 5 will see the light of day, with the actor speaking about the project to Icons on Fright this past week.
“They’re talking about doing another Aliens movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney Weaver has come out and announced ,” states Biehn. “The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamp’s site, »
- Gary Collinson
For all the promise and budding potential it once showed, Neill Blomkamp’s vision for Alien 5 has effectively been shelved in order to clear a path for Ridley Scott’s upcoming sequel Alien: Covenant, which is now on course for a release in late 2017.
Couple this with the fact that Blomkamp himself has, at least for the time being, moved on to work on Fox’s adaptation of The Gone World and it would seem that we won’t be seeing the director’s dream project anytime soon – if at all. But perhaps in a reaction to this news, we’re beginning to learn more and more about Blomkamp’s pitch for the quasi-sequel, which would have subtly written off both Alien 3 and Alien 4.
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That’s according to Corporal Hicks himself, Michael Biehn, who spoke to Icons of Fright recently about the approach the »
- Michael Briers
In a new interview with Scified Michael Biehn has revealed some story details on Neil Blomkamp‘s stalled Alien movie, and the actor, who played Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Aliens, says that the movie will happen; Fox have just pressed pause for a while.
Here’s what he had to say.
“They’re talking about doing another Aliens movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney (Weaver) has come out and announced it. The basic idea is acting like ALIEN3 and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamp’s site, everyone can see all of the artwork for that. I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first and is going to be the executive producer on this one, »
- Paul Heath
Neill Blomkamp's delayed, and let's face, probably-not-happening-anytime-soon "Alien" movie certainly had an interesting notion. The picture would've politely side-stepped the events of "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection" and picked things up following "Aliens." How exactly that would work wasn't quite clear, but now, Michael Biehn — whose Corporal Hicks is featured in the concept art shared earlier in the year by Blomkamp — has revealed some of the basic ideas around what that movie would've been like. Chatting with Icons Of Fright, Biehn talked about the genesis of the movie, and some of the studio politics involved. "The basic idea is acting like 'Alien' 3 and 4 never existed... I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first and is going to be the executive producer on this one, so I’m really looking forward to that. I know that Ridley’s focus is on ['Alien: Covenant'] and I’m sure that he »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Alien movie universe is in a strange state of flux. Ridley Scott is pressing ahead with his Prometheus sequel, now called Alien: Covenant and scheduled for release in 2017. Director Neill Blomkamp's proposed sequel to Aliens, which would bring back Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn as Ripley and Hicks, is "kinda holding" to avoid clashing with Scott's own Alien movie.
With Alien: Covenant taking precedence, and Scott planning further movies in that particular franchise strand, it doesn't sound like great news for Blomkamp's pet project. But Alien 5 is far from dead, at least according to Michael Biehn, who's been talking to Icons Of Fright about the sequel and his other work.
"I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first," Biehn said, »
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When I joined the Icons of Fright team as a contributor a few years back, the first interview I conducted was with a childhood hero of mine, Michael Biehn. Biehn and his wife/producing partner Jennifer Blanc-Biehn were in Los Angeles, doing a signing at Burbank’s Dark Delicacies and were both nice enough to take a few moments out of their schedule to chat about the film they were signing for, The Victim (interview here). It was a big deal to me, and something that helped push me into working my ass off as a writer, and a real turning point for me on a personal level. This previous week, I spoke to Biehn about what’s happened since our first interview, his role in XLrator Media’s mobster comedy series 24 Hour Rental (now available via Hulu), and about what to expect from director Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 film, »
- Jerry Smith
When it comes to Alien news, very few stories have changed as much as Ridley Scott’s has. Somewhere between Prometheus and now, we’ve gotten news that he was going to fully return to the Alien universe in ways that a lot of us hoped he would with the 2012 film. That eventually led to him saying it wouldn’t connect to the universe that he gave us with 1979’s Alien, then it would connect and would not only be called Alien: Paradise Lost but would be the second part in an Alien prequel trilogy. Well, it’s now official, Alien: Paradise Lost has been renamed Alien: Covenant and will hit theaters on October 6th, 2017.
The crew at 20th Century Fox sent us the official synopsis for the film. What do you fright fanatics think? Will this one be what fans hoped for with Prometheus, or should Fox have »
- Jerry Smith
It's official. After news hit this morning that the title of the Prometheus sequel would not actually be Alien: Paradise Lost, 20th Century Fox has come to clear up the confusion and confirm the real title. The official title is Alien: Covenant, and the official release date is now October 6th, 2017. Many will also recall that it was revealed Neill Blomkamp's solo spin-off Alien movie has been put on hold. This explains why - even the title of this next one is Alien related, which means they're not taking the same route as Prometheus and pretending like it has nothing to do with Alien (they didn't even mention the word "alien" in any of the marketing material). They also, perhaps, want to distance themselves from the bad taste Prometheus left. Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel »
- Alex Billington
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