By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
Action icon Michael Biehn insists Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is “going to happen and I know I’m going to be in it.”
Development of the much discussed alternate direct sequel to Aliens (1986), which will reportedly ignore the events of the third and fourth movies, has been put on hold while Ridley Scott directs Alien: Covenant – which is a follow-up to Prometheus.
However before Aliens director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd chaired a panel about the classic movie at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, to celebrate its 30th anniversary, star Beihn gave an interview to Forbes where he spoke about Blomkamp’s mysterious project.
The Terminator actor, who played fan favorite Corporal Hicks in Cameron’s movie alongside Sigourney Weaver, spoke about first being contacted by the District 9 filmmaker. Possible spoilers ahead:
“I got a call a few years ago from Neill Blomkamp, and my agent says he wants to put me in his new movie, he was interested in me playing the antagonist and could I film myself doing a scene for him – it didn’t feel like an audition. I thought I did a pretty good job, but I got a call from my agent saying I didn’t get the part, and I was surprised because I thought he wanted me to be in it.”
And Beihn revealed his astonishment, along with the rest of the movie-loving world, when the South African director posted concept art for Alien 5 on social media.
“I thought [the film] was dead and gone as [Weaver] probably did too as well as Fox. [Blomkamp] tweeted out some pictures of me, he said he’s going take the third and fourth film and act like they never happened, and things blew up. It looked like it was all go, and then Ridley Scott decided that he was going to do a second and third film in the Prometheus series, but Sigourney says they are still doing their project.”
The Tombstone star then made the extraordinary statement that he “knows” Alien 5 will happen, and also discussed the return of character Newt.
“I think it would be very embarrassing to Fox if they don’t give Sigourney the movie that she really wants to go out on. I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I know it’s going to happen and I know I’m going to be in it, and there’s going to be a new Newt, she’s going to be about 26 or 27 and looks a lot like Jennifer Lawrence to me, but I don’t know.”
While an alternate sequel to Cameron’s classic does sound intriguing, as Screen Rant rightly points out, the underwhelming reception to Blomkamp’s last two film, Elysium and Chappie, could mean fans might want to be wary of the project.
Ridley Scott, who helmed the original Alien (1979), is currently back in control of the franchise he kickstarted, directing the sequel to Prometheus, which opens August 4, 2017. And the studio will most likely be looking at the commercial performance of that film, which tellingly has Alien in the title, when deciding whether to push through with Blomkamp’s sequel.