With director Neill Blomkamp just starting to make the press rounds for his sci-fi thriller Chappie, in theaters March 6, the director has also been discussing his highly-anticipated Alien Sequel. The director revealed earlier today that his work with Sigourney Weaver on Chappie helped inspire him to develop this new adventure, and now we have yet another interview with both the director and actress that sheds even more light on the project. Neill Blomkamp revealed that his movie essentially wipes out the last two movies in the franchise, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, to become a true sequel to Aliens, perhaps starting a new continuity.
"I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it's Alien, Aliens and then this movie. It's a Freudian kind of nightmare. That element, to me, is what's so appealing, to try 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 design elements, and the life cycle of the alien, it's just a powder keg of creativity for me."
Of course, this new continuity would almost be necessary, since Sigourney Weaver's Ripley died in Alien 3 and was brought back as a clone in Alien Resurrection. How Neill Blomkamp intends to alter the continuity remains unclear, but actress Sigourney Weaver revealed that this may be the final movie in the Alien franchise, giving fans a "proper finish" to Ripley's story.
"I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space, and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story. When someone like Neill Blomkamp suddenly said, 'Well I'm interested in finishing this story,' my little ears perked up. We started chatting on the set of Chappie almost right away, about his love for these movies. And then he started to send me the artwork over the last year, and a lot of story ideas. I'm delighted that he's interested in doing this. I think it's a great series. It deserves a proper ending. I know the fans would love that, so I hope it works out."
Of course, if Neill Blomkamp does plan on starting a new continuity, there is nearly a 30-year gap between 1986's Aliens and now, but it isn't known exactly when this movie would take place. Are you more intrigued about this Alien Sequel now? Let us know what you think, and take a look at Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver's video interview below.