What Direction Would Neill Blomkamp Have Taken the Alien Franchise?


by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Thanks to Ridley Scott putting the kibosh on any other Alien films until he says so we won’t be seeing what director Neill Blomkamp had in store for the sci-fi / horror franchise. From the looks of the concept art that leaked online a few months back it would have been a pretty trippy ride.

But concept art is one thing. What about story? The rumors were that the Blomkamp film would have been a direct sequel to Aliens and ignored the third and fourth films, much like how Warner Bros did with Superman Returns being a direct sequel to Superman II (at least I think it was? They’d never give a straight answer on that one). And to top things off, Blomkamp would have brought back a character from the second film to start carrying future installments.

Actor Michael Biehn spoke with Icons of Fright and talked about how not only would Hicks be brought back, but how Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley would reunite with Newt and pass the torch to her:

They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old. I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt. It would keep the franchise alive and the studios would make money, because that’s what the bottom line is now: money. That’s why you end up seeing Terminator 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 10 and The Fast And Furious 7, 8, 9, and 10.

That sounds pretty cool. And this way we don’t have to see Weaver play an action heroine until she’s past the point where it looks believable. One last hurrah would do it and she could go out in a blaze of glory.

But that won’t come to pass for quite some time, if ever. For now we’ll just have to hope that Alien: Covenant can at least keep fans interested in the franchise until Blomkamp is allowed to make his film.

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