Alien 5 Neill Blomkamp reveals continuity changes

Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver say Alien 5 will rewrite the franchise canon

Sigourney Weaver and friend in Alien 3
Sigourney Weaver and friend in Alien 3

Now that we can officially get excited about Neill Blomkamp making an Alien film, questions have started being asked about where exactly the District 9 and Chappie filmmaker’s concept fits into the franchise.

Speaking to Sky Movies (via Den Of Geek), Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver revealed that the film will in fact be rewriting series continuity by ignoring Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.

“”I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it’s AlienAliens, this movie.”

“It’s a Freudian nightmare. That element to me is what is so appealing. To try to put the audience on the edge of their seat, in a traditional ‘monster stalking you in a dark corridor way.”

Weaver added “I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space, and give a proper finish to her story”

Well, this would explain what Hicks was doing in the concept art. Obviously, it’s still very early days for the project, but while David Fincher’s Alien 3 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien Resurrection are generally regarded as the weaker instalments, they do have their fans. And how do you feel about the franchise continuity being rewritten? It’s difficult to argue with statements like “It’s a great series, it deserves a proper ending. I know the fans would love that. So I hope it works out”.

You can buy the Alien Anthology box-set on Blu-ray for £18.24 at Amazon.co.uk and keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.