In this age of the instant franchise, it makes since that 20th Century Fox would want more than one new Alien movie from director Neill Blomkamp. And now, in a new interview with Empire magazine, he is hinting at just that. While he doesn't come right out and say that he is planning a two-part adventure, or even a trilogy, he does tease the possibility of 'more' than one movie. He explains:
"I'd come up with an idea, and when I met Sigourney on the set of Chappie,I presumed that she would never want to play Ripley again. Rightly or wrongly, I had that in my head. I also didn't know where you could go with her, given 'Alien 3 and 4′. So when I started speaking to her, I just wanted to know more about the process of making the first two films. The first two are the ones that I care about. Then I started to realize there was a whole film - at least a film, if not more - that still contained Ripley, which I was really surprised by."
If 20th Century Fox is to follow the current trend in big franchises, its likely that Alien 5 will be stretched into a new trilogy, whether or not that serves the story well. Neill Blomkamp went onto talk about his inspiration in building this new adventure for Ripley:
"I had a bunch of different ideas for different films. My favorite, on a gut instinct, artistic level, was Alien, by a long way. But I had this inhibiting mental roadblock about wanting to work on my own stuff, and not being held accountable, whether it's by a studio or by fans, or whoever, I just wanted to be left alone to do my stuff. That's kind of a big deal for me. I knew that my artistic compass kept driving me to Alien. Whenever I wasn't needed on Chappie, I spent time on Alien, to the point where I hired my own concept artist and fleshed the entire movie out, basically. I saw Sigourney again, and her enthusiasm in it, and me still not knowing what I was doing... Well, the thing that actually made it really clear was that we have xenomorphs all over the house [including drinking glasses depicting graphic scenes from the films]. No bullshit, that actually is what made me realize that there's a massive portion of my brain that's taken up by the world of the xenomorph. And I'm like, 'Hmm. Valid point.'"
What do you think? Should Neill Blomkamp just give us one last kick-ass ride for Ripley? Or should he stretch this into two or more movies? We've seen what can happen when an idea is stretched into 3 ivies, just look at what happened to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. While they are wondrous technical achievements, many fans will tell you they suffer from bloat, and that's never a good thing.