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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
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. »
- Michael Briers
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.
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
- Luke Owen
After it was announced that Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) will be directing a new "Alien" film, the helmer revealed that his movie will take place after "Alien" and "Aliens." Many assumed that he'll completely ignore the existence of "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection," but Blomkamp has now clarified his comments, stating that he will not play around with the franchise's continuity. "I'm not trying to undo 'Alien 3' or 'Alien Resurrection,'" he confirmed. "My favorites are the first two movies. I want to make a film that's connected to 'Alien' and 'Aliens.' That's my goal." It sounds like his installment will take place between "Aliens" and "Alien 3," but it's also possible that Blomkamp has something else in mind. Stay tuned. »
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 »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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 »
Anyone who doubts the lasting power of Ridley Scott's early work need only look at the headlines this week to see how everything old seems to be new again. Neill Blomkamp made headlines for being the first major studio filmmaker to ever win a job via Instagram, and he's been making fans crazy by talking about his approach to the upcoming "Alien" sequel. Does it ignore "Alien3" and "Alien: Resurrection" completely? Does it exists in some side universe? Where does "Prometheus 2," which everyone swears is still happening, fit into those plans? The information is a lot more concrete when it comes to the "Blade Runner" sequel, thanks to a press release just now that confirms that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard, a move that will confound and confuse at least one of my kids, and director Denis Villenueve is in negotiations now to direct. »
- Drew McWeeny
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, »
Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie will disregard last two Alien films. Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection will not be part of the narrative tapestry that director Neill Blomkamp weaves when he brings Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) back to life in his Alien film. While giving interviews for the new [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
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 »
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. »
Last week, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp got just about everybody excited when he confirmed his next film as the Alien sequel he teased on Instagram a month back. Information was very thin on the ground when the project was announced, but now, talking to Sky Movies, Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver have dropped some new details, as well as confirming that Weaver will indeed be returning as Ripley. The actress says the movie will give the character "a proper ending", hopefully doing a better job than Alien: Resurrection. Speaking of that unfortunate and disappointing sequel, Blomkamp revealed some interesting information on where his movie fits into the Alien franchise, saying, "I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sequel to Alien. So it's alien, Aliens, and then this film". Is the director pretty much saying he is going to erase Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection from the franchise's canon? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Remember when Bryan Singer put together his 2006 Superman movie, Superman Returns? His logic with that was to pick the story up following Superman II, and to basically pretend that Superman III and Superman IV didn't happen. The story thus wiped two films out of the Superman boxset, at least in narrative terms.
Well, Neill Blomkamp for one has taken the idea to heart.
Last week, it was revealed that he was pressing ahead with making an Alien sequel, that would star Sigourney Weaver. And now, the pair - whilst promoting their new film, Chappie - have revealed that the plan is to do a sequel to Aliens with their new Alien project.
Weaver told Sky Movies that "I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space and give a proper »
Ok, that was fast. Neill Blomkamp just spoke to Entertainment Weekly and offered no details about his “Alien” reboot, other than confirming it contains Sigourney Weaver’s iconic Ripley character, which some assumed from the concept art, but hey, concept art is sometimes just that. Given that Blomkamp and Weaver are doing the press rounds for his upcoming sci-fi film, “Chappie,” more and more details are starting to surface. Is it a sequel, a prequel, something in an alternate universe with Ripley? It’s unclear, but it seems as if it negates the chronology of “Aliens 3” and “Alien: Resurrection,” much like the way “Terminator: Genisys” ignores the third and fourth installments of that series. “I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of 'Aliens,' so it’s 'Alien,' 'Aliens' and then this film,” Blomkamp said in a SkyMovies interview. »
- Edward Davis
That cult movie you love from 30 years ago? It’s coming back as a remake. Did the last attempt at a movie adaptation of a well-loved comic book hero not go so well? Don’t worry, they’re rebooting it. Does your favorite childhood film no longer appeal to newer generations? One word: remake.
On Wednesday of last week we were greeted with the news that Neil Blomkamp’s next film would be another addition to the Alien franchise. This film will likely be a remake or reboot of the original film based on the confusion of Prometheus that will hopefully be explained by the end of Prometheus 2 (a sequel after Alien: Resurrection 20 years later just doesn’t make sense to me). Fans everywhere were excited for the announcement. Even if you don’t particularly like movies with Xenomorphs in them, the news wasn’t really that surprising. A »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
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: one of our greatest comedians is hot for our greatest sci-fi/horror franchise, Fox raises the ire of fanboys with its apparently-infuriating adaptation of a Neil Gaiman comic book series and Dan Aykroyd isn't letting certain failure keep him from pushing for another "conventional" "Ghostbusters" sequel. See below for the full roundup. #1 Louis C.K. wants in on this "Alien" business The Emmy-winning comedian not only wants to star in the Neill Blomkamp-directed sequel (see below), he'd like to "die in a terrible way," as Sigourney Weaver related on Wednesday's episode of "Jimmy Fallon." If this happens, he's totally the new Paul Reiser. #2 Neill Blomkamp is directing the next "Alien" movie It's official! The director of one very good film and »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Flickering Myth team react…
It all started with some concept art, then some chat from Sigourney Weaver the director himself and then the full confirmation. Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) will be helming a new Alien movie. But what did the Flickering Myth writing staff think of this news?
Chris Cooper: If it includes Ripley and Hicks, I am all over it.
Rob James Kojder: Sure, Blomkamp has made one great movie and one decent movie. Chappie looks alright but it’s District 9 all over, just with robots. His narratives are rather one-note themes of oppression that are getting stale. So in that regard, hopefully he uses this Alien movie to break out of that shell.
- Luke Owen
As Alien 5 is announced, here's a look at what we know about the sequel so far, and our questions, fears and hopes about what it might hold.
From a bystander's perspective, the story of Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 project seems to have moved with all the speed and agility of the franchise's title monster. What began as a collection of artwork on Instagram in the early part of the year had morphed into a distinct possibility by February.
While on the press tour for his latest sci-fi film, Chappie, the director indicated that Fox was keen for him to make an Alien sequel, and that Sigourney Weaver had also been interested in getting involved. The problem, it seemed, was Blomkamp's own disillusionment with the Hollywood system; "I just wasn't sure if I was going to do another film - like, at all," he told Uproxx.
As we now know, the situation has changed. »
Take a director who didn't speak English, a studio desperate to resuscitate one of its most profitable franchises, a writer who later disowned the finished movie (and wasn't afraid to be vocal about it) and what do you get? The weird, gloopy, tonally incongruous Alien: Resurrection, aka the ugly duckling of the Alien franchise, and the one that killed off Ellen Ripley and the xenomorphs for good. Instead of resurrecting the Alien franchise, the fourth Alien film buried it.
"They said the lines... wrong," opined writer Joss Whedon in 2006, years after the film's 1997 release. "And they cast it wrong. And they designed it wrong. And they scored it wrong. They did everything wrong that they could possibly do." Whedon was biased. Of course he was. He wrote the thing imagining a quip-y, taut little horror movie that mashed Ridley Scott with James Cameron. In short, he imagined Firefly with xenomorphs. »
Neill Blomkamp's Alien Movie Sounds Cool... Until It Doesn't A few weeks ago, director Neill Blomkamp posted mysterious concept art for some kind of Alien sequel online and the Internet lost its collective mind. What we saw was evocative and strange: Ellen Ripley, looking Sigourney Weaver's age and armed to the teeth, Michael Biehn's Hicks, miraculously arrived (but looking worse for wear), and the "Space Jockey" ship, relocated from the desolate Lv-426 and into a mysterious complex of some kind. The questions came fast and furious. What is this thing? Could this get made? It was an exciting and bizarre prospect. Here is a sequel to Aliens, not a sequel to Alien: Resurrection. Heck, this movie, based on its concept art alone, seemed to...
- Jacob S. Hall
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