by Justin Cook
Following the recent announcement that Neill Blomkamp will be directing the next installment in the Alien franchise comes more exciting news for Alien fans.
It has been revealed that Blomkamp will disregard both Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection in his upcoming Alien movie. This means that 1979’s Alien and 1986’s Aliens will be the only two Ripley-related Alien films, and that Alien 3 and Resurrection will no longer be considered “canon.”
Blomkamp said in an interview with Sky Movies, “I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it’s Alien, Aliens and this movie.”
Sigourney Weaver, who played Ellen Ripley in the Alien movies, all but confirmed that she would be reprising her role for the film. She said, “I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story. So when somebody like Neill Blomkamp suddenly said ‘well, I’m interested in finishing the story,’ my little ears perked up.”
For the most part, both critics and fans panned Alien 3, which still proved to be a modest success at the box office — grossing close to $160 million on a $50-55 million budget. The critical reception on Alien: Resurrection was a bit better than that of Alien 3, but it was certainly no gem. The movie produced similar box office results as it’s previous installment, but was the last of the Ripley-led Alien movies. Since then, we have gotten Prometheus, an indirect prequel to Alien — which also has a sequel on the way.
Ignoring the last two Alien films could be a great way to give Ripley’s story a proper ending. As expected, the franchise looks like it is in good hands with Blomkamp.
Blomkamp’s newest film Chappie will be hitting theaters on March 6.
Source: Sky Movies