When looking at the entire film catalog of the Alien franchise, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection are the weakest of the four. So Neill Blomkamp hopes that his new Alien film will be something that can disregard those final two films, and be a proper installment by acting as a “genetic sibling” to the first two movies.
Blomkamp amazed us all with the concept art that he released via Instagram, and the District 9 director then revealed that he could make the movie if he wanted to before it was eventually confirmed that he would indeed helm a brand new Alien film next. But it wasn’t clear whether Sigourney Weaver‘s Ripley character would be involved or not.
While making the press rounds for Chappie, Blomkamp and film star Weaver talked about the new Alien and confirmed that the movie would feature Ripley after all, acting as closure to her story. Hit the jump for more and to see a video of the two talking about the movie.
What makes Blomkamp’s Alien different from other sequels to major franchises is that he is already picturing the end of Ripley’s story. However, he isn’t so much concerned over connecting his film with the final two Alien films.
Sky Movies was the first to ask Blomkamp and Weaver about the new Alien film:
“I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens, so it’s Alien, Aliens, and then this film.”
While Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection can be considered canon, it should be interesting to see how Blomkamp will work his story so that it does ignore the final two.
Blomkamp then addresses the tone of the film, and how he intends for audiences to be kept on the edge of their seats:
“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.”
It looks as though Blomkamp wants to end Ripley’s story, and not the franchise entirely. New characters would open the door for a possible franchise, but based on those statements, it looks like the new Alien will be the last time we will see Ripley in action.
Here’s Weaver talking about what initially brought her back to the role:
“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.”
There is no release date scheduled for this film, although one would think that considering this is Blomkamp’s next film, he would be working on the script right after he completes his run on the Chappie press tour.