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 film Chappie, Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver both spoke about the upcoming Alien film.
Blomkamp had this to say:
“I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens,” Blomkamp told Sky Movies. “So it’s Alien, Aliens and then this movie.”
So the people that were alive at the end of Aliens (Newt, Hicks, Bishop, and Ripley) would be in cyro-sleep at the beginning of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien? That is interesting but how would they explain the characters’ aging? Malfunction with the cyro-beds? Probably.
Blomkamp on the inception of his ideas:
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 she thought about Ripley and everything else, it informed and changed the film I wanted to make into something different. It just sort of stuck with me. A year later, when post-production was winding down on ‘Chappie,’ I started fleshing out the idea for a film that would contain Sigourney. Fox never knew. I just worked on it when I could. Before I knew it, I had this really awesome film with a lot of artwork and a lot of backstory. And then I didn’t know whether I was going to make it or not. So I just kind of sat on it for a while.
Sigourney Weaver had this to say about the proposed Alien film:
“I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story.”
Some believe disregarding the last two films is an insult and a bit of revisionist history:
I’m also slightly irritated with this development, specifically the idea of disregarding the third and fourth films. Alien 3 and Resurrection don’t need me to defend them, as they can stand or fall on their own. But the implication here is that those two films blew it with respect to Ripley’s story, and now this is a chance to pretend they didn’t happen so as to give her, as Weaver says, “a proper finish.”
But Weaver is a big part of the reason Ripley didn’t get a proper finish in the past. Her ideas, and the “no guns” mandate, were very influential in the development of Alien 3. (Which is, I would argue, a pretty great end for Ripley’s story.) Weaver’s ideas and restrictions were also part of the DNA of Alien: Resurrection.
I had no idea that there was a no guns mandate for Alien 3 or the other policies enacted for the last film, whether true or false. I am grateful that the Alien vs. Predator films are being ignored as well.
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