While Alien: Covenant is set to hit the theaters in 2017, little has been recently heard about another film in the Alien franchise that may, or may not, be ongoing. That second film is the one to be directed by the South African District 9 and Chappie filmmaker, Neill Blomkamp.
This year heralds the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s the sequel to the first film in the franchise, Alien, released back in 1979, and the cast and creative team from that film are doing the media rounds to honor the 1986 sequel to that movie.
In the process, Aliens star Sigourney Weaver spoke about Blomkamp’s supposed upcoming film, saying that while she would be surprised if it ever took off, the film would create a new timeline for the series.
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As reported in Digital Trends, “It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie,” said Sigourney.
“I always wanted to complete this story and it wasn’t really until Neill and I started talking that I said, ‘This is why we waited however many years it’s been.'”
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Weaver continued by confirming that the still-untitled movie will ignore the events of the 1992 Alien 3 and the 1997 Alien: Resurrection, and instead will forge a new timeline set immediately after Cameron’s film Aliens.
However, despite all the excitement and interest surrounding Blomkamp’s sequel to Aliens, the project is pending at present while Ridley Scott finalizes his Alien prequel (and sequel to Prometheus), Alien: Covenant. Currently that film is in production and is scheduled to be released in theaters in 2017.
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It is unknown whether the Aliens franchise will then hop to the timeline of Blomkamp’s movie or stay in the past for yet more Prometheus sequels.
Blomkamp does, however, intend to bring back both Weaver and Aliens actor Michael Biehn for his new project.
According to Biehn, who played the role of Corporal Dwayne Hicks in the Aliens film, the Blomkamp version would pick up where the story left off with his character, Ellen Ripley (Weaver) and the child they rescued from the Xenomorph-infested planet, Newt (played by Carrie Henn).
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“They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back, and at this point Newt will be around 27 years old,” Biehn told Icons of Fright. “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.”
In the meantime, as reported by Entertainment Weekly, the whole gang will be getting back together at San Diego’s Comic-Con to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Aliens classic film on Saturday, July 23. Both James Cameron and Sigourney will be participating in a Q&A in Hall H, together with producer Gale Anne Hurd, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn.
While there is currently no timeline for Neill Blomkamp‘s film, Alien: Covenant will hit theaters August 4, 2017.
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