7 Things You Need To Know About Alien 5

The news that Sigourney Weaver is to return to the character of Ripley in a new Alien movie has got fans eagerly anticipating more space-age terror. But what’s the new film about? Here’s 7 things you need to know…

The “Alien 5” movie is happening. District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp is in the director’s chair working from his own original script, and he’ll be under the all-seeing eye of Alien director Ridley Scott who will produce the film. But what else is there to tell of the movie set for release in 2016? Here’s 7 things we know about “Alien 5”…

There’s no Alien without Ripley: Sigourney Weaver WILL return

Ripley, Sigourney Weaver, Top 10 Films, Alien 5, After Neill Blomkamp was confirmed as the “Alien 5” director it was only a matter of time before Sigourney Weaver confirmed her appointment. Could an Alien movie be made without Ripley? The answer to that question is “yes” because it has been done (the Alien versus Predator films and Prometheus, for example) but how successful were those movies? The jury is still out on Prometheus which divided audiences while the AvP’s were b-movies at best.

Weaver has been vocal for a number of years telling of her eagerness to either see Ripley’s humanity prevail in a direct sequel to Alien: Resurrection (remember, her character has alien DNA by the time of Resurrection’s conclusion) or take the character back to the alien planet for some sort of closure. “Kill them all,” were her words.

“We just left [her] at such a creepy place, sort of stranded above Earth,” she told bloody-dusgusting.com. She says the new film will be “very organic and very original, and because of that, it [makes] me want to do it.”

In 2014, Weaver stated that the ending to Resurrection felt “incomplete.” She added: “I wish it didn’t, but it does. We left it hanging. And there’s a way to finish this story that I think would be satisfying to me and the many fans.”

Tied into the world of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus & Prometheus 2

Prometheus, Ridley Scott, Alien 5, Whether you liked Ridley Scott’s Prometheus or not, Neill Blomkamp’sAlien 5” will be tied into its mythology. Blomkamp told Empire magazine, “I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit,” when asked if Scott’s Prometheus 2 (which is in production) would impact the story of Ridley’s new adventure. Blomkamp doesn’t have much choice in the matter as Scott Free Productions – the company set up by Ridley Scott and his late brother Tony – is in charge of the film.

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“Alien 5” is a working title, the final release will have another name

Alien 5, Ripley, Sigourney Weaver, Neill Blomkamp,

Artwork created by Neill Blomkamp in anticipation of Alien 5

Since the production of “Alien 5” was announced Blomkamp has remained tight lipped on its title telling Empire magazine: ““It’s kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title”.

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We can forget Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection

Alien 3, Film, David FincherOn the set of Chappie, Blomkamp, a huge fan of the Alien franchise, hinted to his Chappie star Sigourney Weaver that he would love to see her return to the character of Ripley. He thought her reply would be “no”. But he was enthused by her willingness to return to the character because she felt Ripley’s story was somehow unfinished.

He did, however, feel there wasn’t anywhere to go with Ripley after the conclusion of Alien: Resurrection, which, if you remember, saw Ripley’s half-human, half-alien self return to a futuristic earth. Their conversations led to how differently the story could have progressed were it to begin at the end of Aliens.

“When I started speaking to her, I just wanted to know more about the process of making the first two films,” Blomkamp said. “The first two are the ones that I care about. Then I started to realise there was a whole film – at least a film, if not more – that still contained Ripley, which I was really surprised by.”

But we can’t disregard Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection completely

While Blomkamp has stated his love of Alien and Aliens, as well as his eagerness to set his story as a continuation of the one left by Aliens, he has no intention of rendering David Fincher’s Alien 3 or Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Resurrection obsolete.

Blomkamp told AlloCine: “My favourites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to Alien and Aliens. That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection. I just want it to be connected to Alien and Aliens.”

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“Alien 5” will break new ground

ipley and Hicks in Alien 5, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Top 10 Films,

Artwork created by Neill Blomkamp in anticipation of Alien 5

Ridley Scott has already shown his cards with Prometheus – certainly a willingness to take these new Alien films into new and unexplored territory. While the AvP films wallowed in an over simplification of their iconic villains, Scott created “proper” sci-fi with Alien – he turned a notorious B-picture into an A-movie. With Scott producing Blomkamp’s new Alien film, and his insistence that it ties in with the mythology set out in Prometheus and his yet-to-be-released Prometheus 2, we can expect a thought-provoking approach to the story.

Weaver thinks Blomkamp will successfully take the story in a new direction that will win the hearts of fans. She said: “I can’t think of a better director. 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.”

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Hicks to return (maybe)

Ripley and Hicks in Alien 5, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Top 10 Films, Three things (well, actually four) why I think Hicks will return for Blomkamp’s new film. Half a point goes to the fact the actor is still alive and presumably willing after pretty much disappearing as an actor.

The three main reasons why I believe he’s going to make a comeback begin with Blomkamp’s concept art produced during filming of Chappie features one drawing of Ripley and Hicks in a post-Aliens sequence (see above). Hicks is holding a shotgun and is clearly still sporting the wounds he suffered while trying to escape the colony on LV426.

Michael Biehn, who played Hicks in James Cameron’s Aliens, has also – apparently – told a fan at a recent convention that he had been approached to star in the new film. This conversation with the fan allegedly took place at Pensecon. The fan posted on Reddit: “…just now gave Michael [Biehn] a Reece ReAction figure, said ‘This is yours… one question, have you been contacted for Alien 5? He looked at me, smiled and said, ‘Yes.’”

The third reason is down to Blomkamp’s love of Aliens and eagerness to continue the story from its conclusion. That means Hicks making an appearance as well as the little girl Newt and android Bishop (Lance Henriksen).

In an interview with Digital Spy to promote Chappie, Blomkamp was asked about Biehn’s possible involvement in “Alien 5”. Although he was guarded in what he said, he did admit he was hopeful that Weaver and Biehn would team up again.

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  1. Callum Reply

    Please, let it be true, I want Hicks back.

    • Rory Fish Reply

      The signs are pointing to his inclusion but will it happen? Watch this space! 😉

  2. Mark Fraser Reply

    With all the shattered hopes and dreams that came with Prometheous, let’s hope Alien V isn’t nicknamed Ripleyed Off.

    • Rory Fish Reply

      Prometheus remains divisive. I didn’t think it was as bad as many made out but I’m perhaps in the minority. What we know is that “Alien 5” is tied into that “universe” and Ridley Scott is eager and willing to enact an element of creative control over Blomkamp’s project.

      That said, from what I know about Prometheus 2, Scott is moving further away from the world of “Alien” as created in his 1979 classic.

  3. ArchE Reply

    Why not go back further in time. Wasn’t Ripley sleeping for 57 years between Alien and Aliens? We could have a whole movie made up of an entirely new alien adventure only for it to end at the beginning of Aliens with the realisation it was all a dream! Therefore, the new film will not step on the toes of the others. Just a thought.

    • Rory Fish Reply

      I love that idea ArchE!

      “It was all a dream!” 🙂

  4. Gordon F Reply

    This is going to be awful. I just know it. Wish James Cameron had returned to the director’s chair.

    • Rory Fish Reply

      It would have been great if Cameron were to return to the series. Likewise for Terminator too.

  5. Al Joyce Reply

    I think the film could be good if Neill Blomkamp can get over his slip with Chappie. Elysium wasn’t a bad film by any stretch of the imagination so there’s no need to worry that this will be another Chappie. Sigourney Weaver won’t let that happen, she has invested too much of her creative talent in this series. As a massive fan of Aliens I can’t wait to see what they’ll do I just hope it doesn’t detract from the qualities of Aliens. That would be bad. But I hope Biehn returns, Alien 5 needs Hicks.

    • Rory Fish Reply

      I think that question is on everyone’s lips. Is Blomkamp a one hit wonder? A failure in this arena could see him disappear for good.

  6. Aliened Reply

    Bring back Hicks should be a #trending topic on Twitter

  7. Martin Iversen Reply

    I just hope that concept turns out to be as close to the realised movie as possible. Would love to see Michael Biehn and Sigourney Weaver re-team.

  8. CineGirl Reply

    Never been a fan of Alien 3, in fact any Alien film since Aliens so this is all very good news for me. But will it be any good. I worry as I hated Chappie. In some ways I wish James Cameron had agreed to come back. Did he not have a similar conversation with Weaver on the set of Avatar? Why did “fan” Blomkamp get the go-ahead. I worry about a fan-pic!

  9. craig Reply

    aliens was kick ass man. blomkamp is gonna make this fly. happy trails…

  10. Michael Dean Reply

    With everyone salivating over Star Wars it’s this news I’m most interested in. I’m not going to get my hopes up too much for Alien 5 but I can’t wait to see where they’ll take this story. Aliens is my favorite film of all time.

  11. Chris Reply

    I love that Alien Resurrection. My favorite character is Ripley 8 clone.

    • Rory Fish Reply

      Not sure if this is interesting or a bit strange! 😉

  12. Dez Reply

    I think the most important thing is Sigourney Weaver returning. You’re right, there’s no Aline film without her. Just look at what a mess they made with the AvP spin-offs. They tried to impart some relevance to this classic series with the appearance of Lance Henriksen but it didn’t work for me. AvP 2 is actually one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. I’m conscious in my anticipation of Alien 5 but I can’t deny I’m kinda excited given my love of Alien and Aliens. Hopefully Ridley Scott’s influence will be a good thing – I did actually like Prometheus quite a lot!

    • Rory Fish Reply

      Weaver is crucial to this series. I can’t imagine an Alien film featuring Ripley without Weaver in the role.

  13. Zack Reply

    What’s the release date?

  14. Roger That Reply

    I hope they disregard Alien 3. It’s the only way this will work. Or are they going to tell us how those facehuggers got on board the Sulaco? For that, we know the ending already!

    • Rory Fish Reply

      Don’t ask me how to do it but I hope they won’t disregard those films. I hated Alien 4 but it’s still part of the Alien world, for better or worse.

      If you’re going to disregard it then a complete reboot is in order and that probably means no Sigourney.

  15. Rory Fish Reply

    Keep an eye out for my article on why Hicks MUST be in Alien – it lands in the next few minutes! 🙂

  16. seraj Reply

    excellent

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