The saga of the Alien sequels is more exciting and twisting than the last five films to feature the creatures or “the DNA” of our favorite xenomorphs.
After a pair of relatively lackluster sequels — and a duo of abominable Aliens vs. Predator films — we had Ridley Scott‘s return to the concept with Prometheus and the promise of further prequels leading to “the back door” of Alien.
But Chappie director Neill Blomkamp also excited fans by releasing concept art for a proposed direct sequel to Aliens. The artwork featured images of Sigourney Weaver‘s Ellen Ripley and Michael Biehn‘s Dwayne Hicks; clearly declaring the project would sidestep Alien3 and Alien Resurrection. Blomkamp later confirmed this was his intention and Scott appeared to be involved in actually producing the project alongside his Prometheus sequence.
Then Blomkamp announced it was off as Scott wanted the Alien franchise to himself and reality seems to flip-flop on whether or not the project is still happening.
But as Biehn told Forbes during Comic-Con (via Monkeys Fighting Robots), Weaver is still pursuing the film. “Sigourney says they are still doing their project,” he said. “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.” Granted, she was also an advocate of Ripley’s death in Alien3.
Biehn also said a new Newt with a resemblance to Jennifer Lawrence will be cast and that the film may offer a passing of the baton so the series can continue without circling back to Ripley. Of course, it’s still uncertain if this is actually happening as Scott’s Prometheus sequel evolved into a direct Alien prequel last year.
Also, there’s this disquieting thought: would a direct Aliens follow-up fall into the same pitfalls as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and other twenty-year-later sequels? Is it too late to recapture whatever spark drove Aliens?