Neil Blomkamp has said that his new Alien movie will completely ignore the events from Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection and instead be a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Aliens.
Speaking in an interview with Sky News as part of his press tour for upcoming sci-fi Chappie, the director, accompanied by Sigourney Weaver got on to the topic of the recently confirmed sequel. They revealed that they intended to give Ripley’s story a “proper finish”, something that the pair don’t believe was achieved in the later sequels.
“I want this film to feel like it’s literally the genetic sibling of Aliens,” said Blomkamp. “So it’s Alien, Aliens, and then this movie”.
“I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space, and give a proper finish to her story”, said Weaver.
While some fans may not be happy about franchise newcomer Blomkamp erasing half of the canon history, there is no denying that the neither Alien 3 nor Resurrection lived up to the standard set by the first sequel, Aliens.
Blomkamp’s plan is to return the franchise to a high, returning to Cameron’s vision of “Jaws in space”, the sci-fi space horror we know and love from the early movies.
“It’s a Freudian nightmare. That element to me is what is so appealing,” said Blomkamp. “To try to put the audience on the edge of their seat, in a traditional ‘monster stalking you in a dark corridor way”.
The new Alien movie doesn’t currently have an expected release date.