Neill Blomkamp Says 'Alien 5' Won't Bump Heads with 'Prometheus 2'
by Ethan Anderton
March 23, 2015
There was a little bit of an uproar following the announcement of a new film in the Alien franchise from District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp. It wasn't because the film was being made necessarily, but moreso because he said this new film would share DNA with Alien and Aliens, and then this new film would come next. That implied that he would basically ignore Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, for better or worse. But he's since backtracked saying, "I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection," but it will just be more connected to the first two films. But now he's being asked about Prometheus too.
Some are wondering how 20th Century Fox's approval of this project effects the future of Prometheus 2, which is still supposed to happen, and is being developed concurrently with Alien 5. In short, Blomkamp told Empire (via ComingSoon) that his new film won't "tread on the toes" of a Prometheus sequel, but he did have to make a change for that to be true. The director explained, "I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make.” That's definitely something to be happy about.
And he also reiterates that, "the first two films are the ones that I care about," and also that his film could easily be called "Alien 3 (no, really)" which still implies there might be some retconning that happens when it comes to the first Alien 3. But what will the film really be called? Blomkamp has an idea, but he's not sure it'll fly yet. The director says, "I sent what I wanted as the title to Ridley. It’s kinda quite bold, and he was like, ‘I really like that.’ So I’m gonna test it, I don’t think it’s gonna work, though. I have my own idea but it gives away too much if I say the title. But in the event that it doesn’t work, I’m dead in the water."
That's an interesting little tease, but let's not forget that Sigourney Weaver said that she hopes this gives her character Ripley a "proper finish." So maybe the title has something to do with the finality of this chapter in the franchise. And the good news is that even if this film, potentially built as the end of the sci-fi series, is a hit, Fox won't necessarily have to ruin that with another sequel, because they still have another Prometheus film in the works. Either way, there's a lot riding on this film, and considering how Blomkamp fared with Elysium and Chappie, some fans are certainly worried. But we're hoping for the best. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
If he can really pull this off and make the movie we all have been waiting for, I could care less what toes he steps on !!!! In other words, f$^#% the trash that was anything past Aliens !!
Tester on Mar 23, 2015
Alien 3 was really cool, and gave Ripley's character a great finish. The effects were bad and there was some dumb slasher movie tropes in it, but overall I liked it a lot. Unless you have an alternate universe though, there's no way to make a post-Aliens movie with Ripley without sidestepping 3. But I don't care enough to throw a fit about it. I'm sure this will be good too.
OfficialJab on Mar 23, 2015
Not bump heads....will it just smash in its skull? I could do w/o another Scott film. Man has lost the touch.
Brian Sleider on Mar 23, 2015
I hope he goes back to the classy suspense of Alien rather than the in your face, gun-ho of Aliens... I prefer Alien to Aliens... there, I said it. Get over it already.
Eggyweggs on Mar 23, 2015
You aren't alone. I vastly prefer Alien as a movie to Aliens. Although Bill Paxton did have some great lines
Mike on Mar 23, 2015
Both are great movies.
AwesomeWave on Mar 23, 2015
We have sequels, remakes, and reboots. I'd like to see a new type of movie started by Blomkamp called Redos. Just redo Alien 3 and make it good. Who cares? This is a movie about an alien with acid for blood and multiple mouths hunting blue collar workers in space. Just make a good movie and all will be forgiven.
Mike on Mar 23, 2015
Yeah, I really can't see how it's possible for the movie to go from Aliens to Blomkapf-Aliens to Alien3. As much as it's a cheesy out - ignoring Alien3 & Resurrection, &/or making those 'dream' or 'simulations', I just can't see any other way to squeeze his film into the 'canon'.
VAharleywitch on Mar 23, 2015
ALIEN 5 will somehow shoe horn Sharlto Copely.
DAVIDPD on Mar 23, 2015
...will he explain WHAT that thing is /was , that's " bumping Prometheus " ( down , i take it ) ? some element of Prom. that wasn't true enough to the franchise ? ... maybe if Blomkamp just doesn't leave all the good scenes that EXPLAIN the movie better , on the cutting room floor(slated for BluRay deleted scenes) , like Scott did ... watch the deleted scenes from the BluRay , and you'll see Scott actually did make something CLOSE to "Alien " , with Prom. .. but slashing 30-40 mins out of it , is what made it seem like "Resurrection " ...., a 3 hour movie means one , maybe two Less Showings a day , to the theaters
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