News of South African director Neill Blomkamp’s possible ‘Alien’ movie has been smouldering among fans for a while now. Apparently, his movie would disregard the plots of the largely unloved 'Alien 3’ and 'Alien: Resurrection’, and plough its own furrow. If the movie happens, it would be made after Ridley Scott completes his prequel 'Alien: Covenant’, the sequel to 'Prometheus’ which will supposedly dovetail into 'Alien’.
This is possibly a bit of a heavy hint, but as it’s Alien Day – yes, it’s Alien Day today, a reference to LV-426, the planet in ‘Alien’ and 'Aliens’, and thus April 26 in US format – it appears that director Neill Blomkamp is planning to bring back an iconic character to the franchise. The 'Elysium’ and 'District 9’ director dropped a artistic rendering on his Instagram page of Newt, grown up and in space flight fatigues. It’s been the talk of the potential future of the movies since original star Michael Biehn, who played Hicks in 'Alien’ and 'Aliens’, let slip the plans in an interview last year.
Just when Sir Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ has been gathering momentum and dominating the ‘Alien’ franchise headlines, Michael Biehn’s only gone and revealed some juicy details on the plot for ‘Alien 5′. Biehn, the actor who played Corporal Hicks in James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’, had a lot to say regarding ‘Alien 5′ (as per its working title), declaring it was still very much happening. Not only does this, as he previously specified, ignore ‘Alien 3′ and ‘Alien: Resurrection’, but it plays out a very different timeline whereby both Hicks and Newt survive the crash-landing in David Fincher’s ‘Alien 3′.
Neill Blomkamp, the South African, Oscar-nominated director of District 9 and Elysium, says he views the world in a “very violent and hostile manner.” That point-of-view shows in his films, which generally depict grim futures where the poor live like vermin in bombed-out cities. Deon’s robot cops — which operate on advanced logic-based artificial intelligence software that Blomkamp refers to as “soft A.I.” — help clean up the city with brute force. The invention makes a fortune for the weapons company where Deon works, much to the chagrin of a former soldier named Vincent (Hugh Jackman), who fears that robot soldiers will eventually replace human beings and is determine to short-circuit Deon’s ambitions.