Fans of the ‘Alien’ franchise had reason to get excited when it was announced last week that Neill Blomkamp received a green light to make his version of an ‘Alien’ film. What started out as a few pieces of concept art has now become a full-fledged film that will bring Sigourney Weaver back as the indomitable Ellen Ripley. Currently, Blomkamp and Weaver are on a press tour to promote the film ‘Chappie,’ but since the release of the news that the director’s next film will be out in space, it was inevitable that questions about what to expect with this upcoming ‘Alien’ film would arise.
In an interview with Sky Movies, Blomkamp dropped a bombshell when he explained that his film would not acknowledge ‘Alien 3’ and ‘Alien: Resurrection’ and that his film would be the “genetic sibling” of ‘Aliens.’
“I want this film to feel like it is literally feel like it is the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it’s Alien, Aliens, this movie.”
If that wasn’t eye raising enough, Weaver also commented on how Blomkamp’s film would give Ripley a ‘proper ending”:
“I would love to take Ripley out of sort of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story. So when someone like Neill Blomkamp said, ‘Well, I’m interested in finishing the story,’ my little ears perked up… I think it’s a great series. It deserves a proper ending—I know the fans would love that.”
Now there is a lot of ways to interpret those statements. On one hand, it does sound like Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ film will retcon the franchise’s canon and be as though those two films never existed. But on the other, “genetic sibling” could also mean he wants to take the tone of those two films which, frankly, seemed to be lacking the ‘Alien 3’ and ‘Alien: Resurrection.’
“It’s a Freudian nightmare. That element to me is what is so appealing; 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 and the life cycle of the alien, it’s a powder keg of creativity for me.”
As for Weaver’s statement… um, didn’t Ripley already have an ending in the last two films?
Since this is Blomkamp’s next film (and a passion project at that), more than likely he’ll be working on the script and be involved in the pre-production for the rest of the year. Given that this is going to be on our top anticipated films to see, you can bet we’ll be reporting on this as more news comes to light so keep checking back with us!