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Sigourney Weaver promises that Neill Blompkamp's Aliens sequel is set to break new ground.

“I can’t think of a better director,” Weaver told Variety at the New York City premiere of Blomkamp’s latest film, Chappie. “He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.”

During the filming of Chappie, Weaver says Blomkamp expressed his admiration for Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens while they were shooting.

“Suddenly it seemed so obvious that this would happen,” said Weaver. “We’ve been in touch the last year and he’s shared wonderful artwork.”

Blomkamp, known for other films like District 9 and Elysium, calls the world of Alien departure for himself. “I would love to make something in that world because the films use terror and dread and filmmaking techniques that are different than what I’ve dabbled in before,” he said.

The fifth film in the Alien franchise is set to take place after the events in James Cameron's 1986 action-sequel, Aliens. Weaver is expected to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley once again, and Blompkamp hopes to bring Michael Biehn back as Cpl. Dwayne Hicks for this film.

More info as it becomes available.

(Source: Variety)

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