Corporal Hicks has spoken! Michael Biehn's comments on the planned storyline for Neill Blomkamp's Alien adaptation are sure to delight and disappoint fans in equal measure. The good news is it sounds incredible. The bad news is, well, it might never happen.
Those who were left disappointed after two of the franchises best characters - Newt (Carrie Henn) and Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) - were killed off in Alien 3 will be pleased to hear they will feature in Blomkamp's vision.
"Every Actress in Hollywood Will Want to Play This One"
It's expected any plot would consciously ignore Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection altogether. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it could make room for those characters to return. Talking to Icons of Fright, Michael Biehn said:
“They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back, and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old.
"I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt.”
Originally it was expected that the film would focus on Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), but resurrecting Newt would give room for a new breed of Alien movies, if they are successful.
Newt was originally played by child star Carrie Henn, who won the Saturn Award for best performance by a younger actor. Newt was the sole survivor of Hadley's Hope settlement following a Xenomorph attack, although she was later killed at the beginning of Alien 3.
"They're Putting the Breaks on the Movie"
Although Biehn's optimism does give a glimmer of hope for Blomkamp's Alien addition being made, Ridley Scott is currently working on Alien: Covenant, which is set for release in 2017. He's suggested there could be a sequel, which would mean the Alien 5 project would be some way off, if not shelved altogether.
Biehn confirmed that Scott would still be executive producer on any adaptation, although to avoid a clash at the box office, delays will be inevitable. He said:
"I know they’re putting the brakes on Neill’s movie just for a little while, but I really think that it would be embarrassing to Ridley and Fox and Sigourney if they just didn’t make the movie.”
Alien: Covenant is set for an October 2017 release. Ridley Scott has confirmed the movie will explore the origins of the Xenomorphs, and why they were created. Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, who both appeared in Prometheus, will both return.
Blomkamp, 36, made his breakthrough in 2009 after writing and directing District 9, and has since directed Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015). He has previously shared concept art for Alien, saying he "loves" the project.
Source: Icons of Fright