Now that it has been officially announced that Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) will be directing a fifth Alien film (and Ridley Scott producing), we can all begin to speculate and look forward to what is guaranteed to be an incredible film.
We have seen some stunning concept art, and by now you should all know that Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver have been discussing the film a lot, and specifically what to do with Ripley’s character. Naturally, Weaver WILL be returning to play Ripley, but what will happen to her?
In an interview with Sky Movies, Weaver expressed a desire to see Ripley find closure:
“I would love to take Ripley out of, sort of, orbiting around outer space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story,” said Weaver. “So when somebody like Neill Blomkamp suddenly 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.”
Now the next statement is from Blomkamp, and he reveals two massive details about the new film. Firstly he appears to want to totally disregard Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. He told Sky Movies:
“I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens, so it’s Alien, Aliens and then this film.”
I love Alien 3, and I don’t like the idea of just pretending that film, and Alien: Resurrection (the directors cut is actually really good) didn’t happen. However, this is Blomkamp, and he does have unique vision.
Speaking of his vision, it appears that he wants to go back to the sheer terror of Alien and (sort of) Aliens with his new film:
“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. And then when you mix in all of the deign elements and the life cycle of the alien, it’s a powder keg of creativity for me.”
100% I am down with that! Here’s the interview:
Blomkamp also spoke with EW about the new Alien film, and while these are details we have heard already, I can’t get enough of listening to this guys passion for making this film:
“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”