By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
The fact that Alien 5 is a distinct possibility is exciting, especially since Neill Blomkamp willed it into existence via solely some art he had commissioned and displayed on Instagram. While it is currently sitting on the back-burner, as Ridley Scott is producing his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, I think odds are good that Blomkamp will have a chance to make his sequel.
For those of you who have seen the commissioned art, you know that there was a surprising addition to Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley with that of Colonial Marine Corporal Dwayne Hicks (Michael Biehn). Blomkamp has said in the past that he’s “not trying to undo Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection,” but in a recent interview with Weaver by Entertainment Weekly, it sounds like that is exactly what he is trying to do. Here’s what she told the outlet:
“It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to [Alien] three and four, and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie.”
For those of you who are surprised by this after Blomkamp said his Alien 5 won’t try to undo Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, I’ll point out that I called this over a year ago when he first made those comments. “Not trying to undo the previous films” and “the path forks in one direction, while this goes off in another” is just Hollywood speak for “we are ignoring them entirely.”
Science fiction fans tend to be sticklers for continuity — and I myself am extremely guilty of this — so producers, directors, and actors tend to use soft language for reboots and re-imaginings, or in this case a new sequel. The point is that Alien 3 and Resurrection won’t be pulled off the shelves, and you’ll still have them, so they’re technically still there… just not in the new continuity.
As a geek who is concerned with continuity, I have to say that I have no problems with them ignoring the last two Alien films, as they weren’t that good. David Fincher’s Alien 3 (1992) was treated badly by the studio and producers, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Resurrection (1997) bent over backwards to try and undo the previous film, to the point where the whole movie broke apart, while essentially becoming a new version of Aliens (1986). Writer Joss Whedon more recently said the studio and producers had a heavy hand in part 4’s scripting phase. Hitting the reset button is probably the best way forward for the franchise even with Scott currently producing prequels.
Really the only thing I truly worry about is whether Blomkamp is the right person to make the next installment. True, he got it up and running, but in terms of vision, he needs to rival that of Scott and James Cameron. As much as District 9 was a great movie, his other two offerings are… less good. I’m cautiously optimistic that he’ll return to form, but I continue to wonder whether his Alien 5 will be that much better than Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
Stay tuned for more on a possible Alien 5. In the meantime, Alien: Covenant opens August 4, 2017.