Blomkamp’s Alien will ignore the last two Alien films, just like most fans do
Now that Neill Blomkamp has gotten his wish to direct an Alien franchise film, he is going to grant the wish of many fans of the series by ignoring both Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
Speaking to Sky News, Blomkamp confirmed that his idea is to create a direct sequel to Aliens, which will continue – and likely end – the overall story of Sigourney Weaver’s character of Ellen Ripley.
“I want this film to feel like it’s literally the genetic sibling of Aliens,” Blomkamp said. “So it’s Alien, Aliens, and then this movie.”
Blomkamp wants to take the franchise back to its horror roots, with more tension than the later films offered. It will also give Weaver a chance to continue the character of Ripley in a way that improves on where the last films left it.
“We just left it at such a creepy place, sort of stranded above Earth. I was quite happy to move on to other things, and I didn’t want to go to Earth,” Weaver said prior to the news that Blomkamp was attached to direct.
“I didn’t want to manufacture a sequel, and I felt like we were starting to do that. If something happens from this, it would be very organic and very original, and because of that, it would make me want to do it. If it was someone as talented as Neill, I’d certainly listen.”
According to Blomkamp, his idea for the new Alien movie was based on idea Weaver herself dreamed up. Weaver has stated in the past that she would like to see Ripley journey to the xenomorphs’ homeworld, so we could see that play out.
Weaver is officially attached, and Blomkamp will begin to work on the film in earnest a soon as his work promoting his current movie Chappie concludes.
Chappie, which also co-stars Weaver, will hit theaters on March 6.