Neill Blomkamp's Pulling a 'Superman Returns' with His 'Aliens' Sequel

Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:10 Written by  iamrogue
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Neill Blomkamp's Pulling a 'Superman Returns' with His 'Aliens' Sequel

In an unprecedented occurrence, a bunch of Instagram concept art has led straight to Neill Blomkamp making an Alien sequel his next movie.  As the art indicated, Blomkamp is bringing back Sigourney Weaver's indomitable Ellen Ripley for what the actress has implied will be a farewell to the iconic character.

But how is Blomkamp returning to the original Ripley, since she died in Alien3, only to be cloned in Alien: Resurrection

Simple.  He's acting like those last two sequels simply never happened.

A decade ago, Bryan Singer pulled pretty much the same trick, positioning Superman Returns as a sequel to Superman II, disregarding Superman III and Superman: The Quest for Peace.  In both cases, the first two entries in the franchise are beloved, while the second two are widely dismissed.  Alien3, in particular, has a rough reputation, since David Fincher opens the movie with Hicks and Newt having already died gruesomely.

Since a scarred Hicks showed up in Blomkamp's concept art, we had a feeling his Alien would wipe out Fincher's movie and Resurrection, the slimy sequel written by Joss Whedon.

In a Sky Movies interview promoting next month's Chappie, the director confirmed as much, saying, “I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens, so it’s Alien, Aliens and then this film.”

A casual glance at Blomkamp's two previous features, District 9 and Elysium, make it pretty clear that he's a fan of James Cameron's Aliens, which is basically a Vietnam metaphor.  The director also stressed that his approach also has its roots in Ridley Scott's haunted-house-in-space original.

“It’s a Freudian nightmare," he said. "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.”

Weaver, who also plays a supporting role in Chappie, commented on returning to the role that made her famous, saying, “I would love to take Ripley out of sort of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story. So when someone like Neill Blomkamp 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,” said the actress, who was actually nominated for an Academy Award thanks to her brilliant Aliens performance.

So...the new Alien picks up where Aliens left off and will bid a fond farewell to Ellen Ripley.  There are plenty of questions, though.  Will Michael Biehn also be back as Hicks, the only colonial marine to make it out of Cameron's sequel alive?  And what of Carrie Henn, who played Ripley's surrogate daughter Newt?  And, of course, there's Bishop, Lance Henriksen's android who was ripped in two by the Alien Queen?

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