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New ‘Alien’ Won’t Undo ‘Alien 3′ or ‘Resurrection,’ Director Neill Blomkamp Says

20 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director Neill Blomkamp is setting the record straight that his upcoming “Alien” sequel won’t “undo” the events of “Alien 3” or “Alien: Resurrection.”

It appears as though the new movie will take place before the sequels, serving as a bridge between the first two films, “Alien” and “Aliens.”

“My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens,’” he told AlloCine. “That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo ‘Alien 3’ or ‘Alien: Resurrection’; I just want it to be connected to Alien ‘1’ and ‘2.’”

The untitled 20th Century Fox sci-fi project is separate from “Prometheus 2,” which Fox is still making with Ridley Scott.

Alien” star Sigourney Weaver said she’s always been interested in giving her classic character, Ellen Ripley, a proper ending.

“I think we left a series that’s quite beloved just sort »

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Hugh Jackman, Neill Blomkamp Talk ‘Chappie’ at Historical Hologram Press Conference

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Could Sony in Spain have come up with a solution to the costs and hassle of stars tub-thumping their latest movies worldwide?

On Saturday, in what Sony Pictures Releasing de España calls cinema’s first-ever holographic press conference, in this case staged for “Chappie,” the holograms of Hugh Jackman and Neill Blomkamp fielded questions from the Spanish press in Madrid — which the real-life Jackman and Blomkamp answered sitting in a hotel in Berlin.

Using Musion 3D holographic projection, in technical terms, the press conference was a stomping success. Bar a typical second-or-so delay in satellite sound transmission, the South African director and star of “Chappie,” quiescently sitting on stools, hands folded, came over loud and clear. There were no cuts or blur. And neither spent the whole time, as in many video satellite link-ups, trying to stuff an electronic gizmo further into an ear.

In the case of the presser for “Chappie, »

- John Hopewell

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The Week in Horror: If you're afraid of clowns, do not watch this trailer

27 February 2015 7:02 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: "The Crow" remake may have finally, once and for all, for realsies this time found its Eric Draven; a newly-demure pop star joins TV's premiere horror anthology series; and if you're scared of clowns, you might wanna skip number four (is all I'm saying). See below for the full roundup. 1. "The Crow" may fly with Jack Huston After losing Luke Evans back in January, the embattled remake has now set its sights on "Boardwalk Empire" actor Jack Huston, best known for his role as assassin Richard Harrow on the HBO series. Only seeing this if they bring back Bai Ling. [Deadline] 2. Niecy Nash signs on for victimhood in Ryan Murphy's "Scream Queens" The awesome, underappreciated "Getting On" star and "Reno 911!" scene »

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25 Greatest Moments of the 'Alien' Franchise

27 February 2015 11:05 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All due respect to "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" fans (Rip Leonard Nimoy), but "Alien" is easily my favorite sci-fi franchise of all time. Why do I love it? Try Sigourney Weaver at her most bad-ass. Try H.R. Giger's incredible Xenomorph, the most oddly beautiful creation in movie-monster history. Try Stan Winston's jaw-dropping Alien Queen. Try the fact that every single movie in the series tried something unique and different. Hell, I even admire aspects of the widely-reviled "Alien: Resurrection," including the infamous Newborn! Can't help it: there is something wildly, transcendently strange about that albinic monstrosity. That said, the first two films in the franchise are clearly the best, and the crazy thing is I can't even really compare them. They're too different! Ridley Scott's claustrophobic original gave way to full-tilt action in James Cameron's followup, and while my loyalties have shifted over the years »

- Chris Eggertsen

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New Alien Sequel Won’t Ignore Alien 3 And Resurrection, According To Neill Blomkamp

27 February 2015 7:47 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been a mere nine days since Fox formally confirmed that Chappie director Neill Blomkamp would helm a new sequel in the Alien franchise, but for the Internet, nine days is a lifetime. In the time that has lapsed between the initial announcement and now, speculation has been rife about whether Blomkamp’s rendition would disregard some of the series lore — namely Alien 3 and Resurrection — but during a recent interview with AlloCine, the South African filmmaker assured fans that this simply isn’t the case.

Rather than out-and-out ignoring the two divisive installments, Blomkamp stressed that he wants his upcoming sequel to connect more with the original 1979 classic and James Cameron’s more action-heavy sequel, Aliens. In fact, this innate connection had already been alluded to through the original artwork that appeared on the director’s Instagram, which included depictions of Ripley and a badly scarred Corporal Dwayne Hicks. »

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Neill Blomkamp says Alien 5 will not “undo Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection”

27 February 2015 3:48 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday it was reported that Neill Blomkamp ias pulling a Bryan Singer and ias looking to retool the Alien franchise by ignoring the continuity of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection by setting his upcoming movie after the events of Aliens. This would allow him to use Micheal Biehn’s Hicks, who was seen in the concept art released back in January.

This, surprisingly, upset quite a few fans of the Alien franchise who felt that while Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection are much-maligned, they are still part of canon.

In an interview with French outlet AlloCine to promote Chappie, Blomkamp reaffirmed his position on the franchise and his new movie means for the series

“My favourites are the first two movies, so I want to make a movie that is connected to Alien and Aliens,” the director said. “That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection. »

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Neill Blomkamp Won't Be Undoing Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection

27 February 2015 12:00 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

District 9 and the upcoming Chappie director Neill Blomkamp caused quite a stir yesterday, with comments relating to his planned Alien sequel that caused everybody (myself included) to assume that his plan was to erase Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection from continuity. It turns out that is not the the case, and, talking to AlloCine, the director cleared up the matter (in my defense, it really sounded like that is what he meant). "I'm not trying to undo Aline 3 or Alien: Ressurection. My favorites are the first two movies," the director told the outlet, "I want to make a film that is connected to Aline and Aliens. That is my goal". O.k., that makes a bit more sense, especially calling his movie a "genetic sibling" of Alien, but it throws up even more questions on what direction Blomkamp's vision will go. Michael Biehn's Corporeal Hicks and Bill Paxton »

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"Alien 5" Won't Ignore Sequels After All?

26 February 2015 10:40 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

One of the most talked about stories of the past day or two has been filmmaker Neill Blomkamp's comments in an interview about his upcoming "Alien" film sequel.

Blomkamp's concept art from back in January indicated that his film would be a direct follow-up to 1986's "Aliens" and would appear to ignore the events of both "Alien 3" and "Alien Resurrection". This week Blomkamp essentially confirmed that.

Now though, the "Chappie" helmer says that though a follow-up to "Aliens" the new movie will not "undo" those other two films. He tells Allocine:

"My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that's connected to Alien and Aliens. That's my goal. I'm not trying to undo Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, I just want it to be connected to Alien 1 and 2."

How exactly this will take place is unclear. Sigourney Weaver says Blomkamp had a »

- Garth Franklin

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Neill Blomkamp: "I'm not trying to undo Alien 3"

26 February 2015 10:21 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The director of the new Alien film clarifies that he's not trying to write Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection out of the series...

This story contains a spoiler for Alien 3.

Yesterday, it would be fair to say that the internet caught fire a little with the revelation that director Neill Blomkamp is looking to make an Alien sequel that ties itself to Alien and Aliens, rather than the two films that directly followed.

As he continues the press tour for his new movie, Chappie, he's clarified the comments that he made however, and he's told the site AlloCine that "I'm not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection". Instead, he added that "My favourites are the first two movies. I want to make a film that's connected to Alien and Aliens. That's my goal".

Now, it'd be a challenge and a half to come up with a Ripley-centric »

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Blomkamp's 'Alien' Movie Won't Rewrite Franchise Continuity

26 February 2015 4:07 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of the biggest stories yesterday came from director Neill Blomkamp, who stated that his Untitled Alien Sequel will be connected to the original 1979 classic Alien and its 1986 sequel Aliens. Those comments were believed to imply that his movie will essentially eradicate Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, but, apparently that's not the case. While continuing his promotional tour for Chappie, the director revealed that his movie will not "undo" the last two sequels.

"My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that's connected to Alien and Aliens. That's my goal. I'm not trying to undo Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, I just want it to be connected to Alien 1 and 2."

Of course, we know absolutely nothing about the story thus far, except that it will bring back Sigourney Weaver as her iconic Ripley character. Still, since Ripley was killed in Alien 3 and brought »

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Blomkamp's 'Alien' Movie Won't Rewrite Franchise Continuity

26 February 2015 4:07 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of the biggest stories yesterday came from director Neill Blomkamp, who stated that his Untitled Alien Sequel will be connected to the original 1979 classic Alien and its 1986 sequel Aliens. Those comments were believed to imply that his movie will essentially eradicate Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, but, apparently that's not the case. While continuing his promotional tour for Chappie, the director revealed that his movie will not "undo" the last two sequels.

"My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that's connected to Alien and Aliens. That's my goal. I'm not trying to undo Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, I just want it to be connected to Alien 1 and 2."

Of course, we know absolutely nothing about the story thus far, except that it will bring back Sigourney Weaver as her iconic Ripley character. Still, since Ripley was killed in Alien 3 and brought »

- MovieWeb

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Alien Won’t Pull a Franchise Backpedal a la Superman and Highlander (Updated)

26 February 2015 11:04 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver imply the next Alien movie will directly follow Aliens and ignore the installments that came after.

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New Projects: Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’, Will Ferrell, and ‘Duck Tales’

26 February 2015 10:53 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

New Projects is a weekly round up of movies and TV shows recently announced and currently in development for the near future. 

To be honest, I was a little skeptical of the news last week that Neill Blomkamp would be helming an Alien remake. Elysium was a bust, the jury is still out on Chappie, I personally think District 9 is a little overrated, and just how many Alien remakes, sequels, prequels, and video game spin-offs do we even need? But after speaking with EW, Blomkamp confirmed that Ripley is supposed to appear in his new movie, and that Sigourney Weaver, after working with him on Chappie, is on board to reprise her iconic role.

Over the years, I came up with a story for a film in that universe that I wanted to make. And then when I talked to her about her experience making those films and what »

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Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection: given a raw deal?

26 February 2015 10:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Is the recent hint that the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection are to be overlooked a little too drastic?

This article contains spoilers for Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.

If there’s one thing that is, for me, an unqualified triumph in Alien 3, it’s Elliot Goldenthal’s score. With its cacophonous drums and heart-rending strings, it soared where the film itself faltered.

But as I’ve argued many, many times on these pages, Alien 3 is itself a flawed masterpiece. Sure, it stepped roughly all over the story established in Aliens, but there were plans to kill off Newt and Hicks before first-time director David Fincher even came aboard.

Saddled with a film without an adequately finished script, an interfering studio and a looming release date, Fincher remained true to the gloomy vision laid out for him: Sigourney Weaver wanted the sequel to be her last, »

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Neill Blomkamp Offers Clues As To How His Alien Movie Will Fit Into The Series

26 February 2015 9:42 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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What makes Sky Movies’ interview video with Sigourney Weaver and Neill Blomkamp particularly interesting is that they’ve now made it private. Is this just an embargo thing, or has somebody taken objection to what was said within?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th8os-IfZhg

When that video was live – and maybe it will soon be live again, or perhaps it will vanish forever – it featured a very brief clip of Blomkamp saying that his new Alien movie is a “genetic sibling” to Alien and Aliens. He even went so far as to say “So it’s Alien, Aliens and then this movie.”

Which would seem to imply that this would be the third film in the narrative order. It’s not definite this is what he meant – that list isn’t necessarily a chronology – but I can see why people would read it that way. »

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Neill Blomkamp promises 'genetic sibling of Aliens'

26 February 2015 9:17 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Neill Blomkamp's new 'Alien' movie will feel like the ''genetic sibling of Aliens''. The 35-year-old director, who's been brought on board to helm the eagerly-awaited new movie, has revealed that his film will disregard 'Alien 3' and 'Alien: Ressurection' and will instead carry on from the James Cameron-directed 'Aliens' in 1986. Blomkamp told Sky News: ''I want this film to feel like it's literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it's Alien, Aliens, and then this movie.'' What's more, Sigourney Weaver, who starred in the 1979 original 'Alien' movie, said she's keen to see her on-screen character Ellen Ripley give a ''proper finish'' to her part in the franchise. She shared: ''I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space, and give a proper finish to her story.'' Meanwhile, Blomkamp recently revealed his interest in directing the new 'Alien' »

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10 sequels that ignored previous films

26 February 2015 8:15 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.

We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.

News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).

Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »

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Blomkamp "Alien" Is Direct "Aliens" Sequel

26 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It was expected considering his artwork indicated as much, but now he's made it official - "District 9" and "Chappie" director Neill Blomkamp's new "Alien" movie won't be "Alien 5" so much as a new "Alien 3".

Out doing press for "Chappie," Blomkamp says the film ignores the events and themes of "Alien 3" and "Alien Resurrection," instead it will act as a direct follow-up to James Cameron's 1986 effort "Aliens". He tells Sky Movies:

"I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it's Alien, Aliens and then this movie. It's a Freudian kind of nightmare. That element, to me, is what's 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 then, when you mix in all of the design elements, »

- Garth Franklin

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Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 will ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection; says series “deserves a proper ending”

26 February 2015 2:07 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Based on the leaked concept art for Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, which featured Michael Biehn’s Hicks, it was assumed that this new movie would take place in a continuity where only the first two Alien films would not exist due to Hicks being killed off in the opening moments of Alien 3.

Well, now that’s been confirmed.

In an interview with Sky Movies to promote Chappie, Blomkamp spoke out about his  new Alien movie and how it all came about.

“I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens,” he said. “So it’s Alien, Aliens, this movie.”

This is similar to what Bryan Singer did with Superman Returns, opting to ignore Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and just focusing on the first two movies.

“It’s a Freudian kind of nightmare. That element is what is so appealing”, Blomkamp added, »

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Neill Blomkamp's Alien Sequel Will Give Ripley a Proper Ending

26 February 2015 1:08 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) is a huge fan of the "Alien" franchise. So when he cast Sigourney Weaver in his "Chappie" film, his obsession became even more intense. Blomkamp used his own money to put together a bunch of concept art of what his "Alien" movie would look like. That concept art included the return of Weaver as Ellen Ripley and Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks. The helmer went on to say that he never actually had any talks with 20th Century Fox about this. But a bit later came word that Fox has officially greenlit Blomkamp's new "Alien" installment and that Weaver is in talks to reprise her role. Now that he's promoting "Chappie," Blomkamp revealed that his movie will completely ignore the existence of "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection," stating: "I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of 'Alien. »

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