I think the tempestuous journey of Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 has been the most torturous that I've witnessed to the loyal and dedicated fan base of the iconic sci-fi franchise. The recent reunion of the original Aliens cast at San Diego Comic-Con, however, opened a slight crack in the door, shining a light on the proposed fifth entry and what this new film could mean for the future of the franchise.
Rumors and interviews with Sigourney Weaver have come to reveal the structure of Blomkamp's film, as it moves quickly to erase the mainly maligned stories told in David Fincher's Alien 3 and Joss Whedon's Alien: Resurrection. Instead, the sequel will follow the events of Cameron's Aliens, reviving Weaver's co-stars from the original film, Michael Biehn's Corporal Hicks and Carrie Henn's Newt. It is doubtful, however, that Henn will be reprising her role as young Rebecca as she stepped away from acting after the release of Aliens.
During the Aliens 30th Anniversary Panel at Comic-Con, Weaver opened up a bit about why she initially warmed to the idea of doing another Alien film after refusing to do so for years.
“There is an incredible script by Neill. I didn’t want to do a fifth one. I thought going to earth wouldn’t be fun. I got this script that was amazing and gives fans everything they’re looking for and innovates in ways that became part of the world for me. He has things to do and I have things to do. And I hope that we’ll circle back around to do it once those things are done.”
James Cameron, in not so many words, offered his apology to fans for how the franchise turned out after his film alongside his own praise for the script that Blomkamp came up with.
“I thought it was dumb [that Hicks and Newt were killed off]. I thought it was a huge slap in the face to the fans. I mean look, [David] Fincher’s a friend of mine, and David is an amazing, amazing filmmaker, unquestionably. That was kind of his first big gig, and he was getting vectored around by the studio, and he dropped into the production late and they had a horrible script and they were rewriting it on the fly, and it was just a mess. I think it was a big mistake. So I certainly — had [producer Gale Anne Hurd and I] been involved, we would not have done that because we felt we earned something with the audience with those characters.”
Being a hardcore fan of the film series himself, Neill Blomkamp seems like the perfect choice to take the franchise forward and into new and unexplored territory. As much as we're all anticipating the release of Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, I think it's safe to assume that more are ready and willing to turn out in favor of Alien 5 should Blomkamp ever be given the rightful opportunity to complete it. Most fans know by now that Alien 5 was cast aside by 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott in favor of Covenant, to the disappointment of many fans and especially of Weaver herself, who stated,
"It's too bad because we would have already done it by now."
Alien: Covenant opens in theaters on August 4, 2017. Stay tuned for more updates on Alien 5 as they become available.
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