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Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie will ignore Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection


Story by Jack Foley

NEILL Blomkamp’s keenly-anticipated Alien movie intends to ignore unpopular sequels Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.

In an interview with Sky News, the District 9 director – currently promoting his latest release Chappie – wants his newly greenlit film to “literally [feel like] the genetic sibling of Aliens. So, it’s Alien, Aliens, this movie.”

He also promised that the film would return the franchise to its horror roots, adding: “It’s a Freudian kind of nightmare. That element to me is what is 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.

“And then when you mix in the life cycle and the design elements of the Alien, it’s just a powder-keg of creativity to me.”

Blomkamp’s Alien film has enjoyed something of a surreal existence to date. News first broke about it when the filmmaker unveiled a series of Instagram posts on New Year’s Day that featured extensive artwork for an Alien project he said he was no longer working on.

The concept art featured Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley and Michael Biehn, who played Hicks in 1986’s Aliens, and whose immediate death at the start of Alien 3 provoked such an outcry from fans. Biehn, himself, remains angry about the decision to kill him off.

Blomkamp went on to reveal that he had worked with Weaver on the project during downtime from Chappie, which features the actress in a supporting role, and that she was very open to reprising the role of Ripley for one last time.

It is not yet 100% clear whether Weaver has signed on but she is also clearly offering Blomkamp plenty of encouragement, saying in a separate interview: “I’m delighted that he is interested in doing this. I think it’s a great series; it deserves a proper ending. I know the fans would love that, and so I hope it works out.”

Twentieth Century Fox has, of couse, now greenlit the project even though it has not yet been announced when work will officially begin on bringing it to the big screen. There’s little doubt, however, that fan excitement is already nearing fever pitch.

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