We’re enjoying a four-day weekend, thanks to winter’s last hurrah. It’s also a boys weekend at Stately Stratton Manor, since my better half is away scrapbooking. So while surfing the Internet, I find a few delightful nuggets.
As I previously, Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, posted fan-made Alien 5 concept art in January. A month, 20th Century Fox hired Blomkamp to develop and direct Alien 5.
Yesterday was the premiere of Chappie, and Blomkamp was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight. Also interviewed was Ellen Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver (who is in Chappie).
When asked about Alien 5, Weaver stated that she would indeed by returning as Ripley, saying “There are two factors [Blomkamp] needs: Ripley and the Aliens.” Blomkamp confirmed that Weaver would be in the cast, stating that “she is the Alien franchise, to me, so yeah.”
ET also asked Blomkamp if he would be stating pre-production the next day. Blomkamp shot down that idea, but added that he would probably start next week.
Weaver last appeared as Ripley in Alien Resurrection in 1997. IMDB is predicting Alien 5 to be released in 2017, so it would be 20 years between appearances. Weaver voiced Ripley much more recently in last year’s Alien Isolation video game. The game featured Ripley’s daughter, Amanda Ripley, searching for her mother 15 years after the original Alien. Weaver’s part had Ellen leaving a personal message to her daughter sometime during the course of the original movie. She also voiced Ellen in two DLCs.
Finally, I wanted to include a fan-made Alien 5 poster I found online. The poster was attached to a speculative plot article that was rather implausible, but the poster itself kinda rocked.
Source: ET Online
Final report of the Commercial Starship Nostromo. Third Officer Reporting. The other members of the crew… Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas… are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.
Once upon a time, I got hold of a script for Alien Resurrection. I was pumped. There were aliens! And the ending was on Earth, with a new, bone white, terrifying alien!
Well, the end result was less impressive. Alien Resurrection wasn’t a very good movie. I still saw it three times in the theaters. This was 1997. With the exception of the Alien vs. Predator movies (which don’t count), the title creature has not graced our theater screens in a new film in the 18 years since.
But that’s about to change.
Last month, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp posted a series of Alien concept art on his Instagram account. It wasn’t anything official. He was just doing it as a fan, creating concept art for a project he was attached to, nor had ever discussed with 20th Century Fox. The photos made quite an impression.
A few weeks later, Blomkamp reported that there was some talk with Fox on another Alien movie, based on his ideas. Still, though, there was a lot of skepticism. But today, the cat came out of the bag.
So it’s official. There will be another Alien movie. This… is… AWESOME!!!!
Now excuse me while I celebrate with some Alien Isolation.