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Neill Blomkamp Will Direct Alien 5, Ridley Scott Will Produce

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You might remember that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp previously revealed his concept for a new Alien movie that was supposedly shut down. Well, now it’s actually happening.

Blomkamp confirmed as much via his Instagram (“So I think this is officially my next film”), but the news was also divulged by sources who revealed Ridley Scott will be producing the movie.

The sources also revealed that Scott will direct Prometheus 2, set to be released in March 2016, as we had expected.

As for Alien, all we know is that the movie is set to take place several years after Prometheus 2, so we expect there might be a fair amount of crossover.

Blomkamp originally envisioned Sigourney Weaver to make a return for his Alien movie, but it’s unclear whether she is still attached.

Sources: Instagram, Variety

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  • craig said

    Alien 5 sounds great to me Iv’e enjoyed all the other movies and I’m hoping this one will not be any different.I even liked the Alien vs. Predator movies,they were actually better than I thought they would turn out.Sci-fi movies are great if done right and cast well.Id love to see a remake of the movie Solo with Mario Van Peebles,if remade it would be spectacular.

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    Look at that alien in the picture there looking for a handout, disgusting.

    This feels like exciting news though I didn’t love Elysium and Chappie looks redundant. It’ll be nice to get a straight up Alien film, it’s been a long time.

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    • gd smith said

      How does Chappie look redundant compared to this. What does it really mean.
      Personally, I think the Alien concept has been flogged to death to ever diminish returns ever since the first one. It’s like finding out they’re making another version of Dracula. Even if they get the set up perfect you’re left with a monster that looks too familiar and does nothing unexpected. Acid for blood, Check. Chest Buster, check. Tense scenes of the crew poking about in a corridor, check. You can either strip it back to basics which will just mean you will end up with a retread of Alien or up the action and end up with a retread of Aliens. Well, neither Alien 3 or Alien resurrection were actually that interesting. Some people argue that this was down to deficiencies in the films. However both had decent talent involved. So I suspect it was more down to the fact that Alien worked because it was one of the first films to make an alien seem alien and the gore/body-horror was unexpected in mainstream Hollywood, thus introducing a new kind of effects lead horror. Whilst the second one worked because it marshalled big bugs and clichéd war movie tropes in for it’s time a glossy high tech way that was still fairly new, thus forging a link between the worlds of 80s action movies and big budget science fiction. By the time 3 and 4 came out the basic set up and creature were more than a little stale Let’s be honest even the opening credits are pretty much a given in the Alien Universe.. I’m not saying I won’t watch it, but it’s basically comfort food.

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      • Sheridan Passell said
        Sheridan Passell

        Chappie just looks like District 9-lite. Same settings, same look, same accents. Story looks like Johnny 5 meh. Nothing about it appeals to me. Aliens are one of the great movie monsters. Just watching someone play Alien: Isolation was more tense than most horror films recently. It’s nice to see them back, if it’s done well. It’s only been done well twice.

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        • gd smith said

          It’s not as if there are too many films set in South Africa and not enough films with Americans or the alien films look completely different. I’m not saying that Chappie will be a masterpiece, but do you think this won’t feature robots that look pretty much like Chappie or South Africans for that matter. Anyway By your logic no one should have a directorial style and any film that uses the same themes or location more than once or twice is redundant. Damn it until every American director stops filming films in their own style in America with American actors I hereby declare them all redundant. And if you didn’t like Elysium that much and his latest film is unappealing to you, why do you think he can add anything to a nearly 40 year old franchise that hasn’t produced any film of note in the last 29 years?

          This is the problem with a lot of big movies at the moment. Constant rebooting because the fans want the same thing over and over again. The results are sometimes fine as entertainment, but they’re not going to produce anything that startling. So you end up with actors doing impersonation of Shatner and Nimoy or a nearly 70 year old Arnie roped into doing another Terminator despite the reality that the T800 ran out of steam 25 years ago. Star Wars being rejigged because the prequels sucked and oldsters want their childhood back, plus Hasbro are running out of action figures. Bad remakes like Robocop and now the umpteenth attempt to squeeze life into the old xenomorphic. Basically. it’s what happens when you make movies aimed at catering to the fans. Personally. I can’t get that excited, because I’d rather see something new or even a good rip off of Alien than another Alien sequel.

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          • Sheridan Passell said
            Sheridan Passell

            Directors can have a style but Spielberg has made 30 films or whatever and I don’t think any two look as similar as Chappie does to District 9, all that’s new is a Short Circuit plot. I’m not sure he can make a great Alien film, it’s not impossible, but at least it’ll get him out of people living poorly in sandy places, his point has been made there.

            People like to re-experience experiences that they’ve enjoyed. How many times has Hamlet been rebooted? There are also more films coming out every week than at any time in history and in sci-fi particularly thanks to much cheaper fx and a vibrant indie scene there are great original films made all the time. Ex Machina came out only a couple of weeks ago. It’s up to people if they go and see them.

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          • gd smith said

            Spielberg’s first few films, with the exception of 1941 which sucks, all featured near identical scenes of suburban America. He even extended this to the films he only produced. His Indiana Jones movies look pretty much the same as each other and is two Jurassic Parks are near identical. David Fincher has been making films with the same sort of heroes in suites, interior design. muted tones and inability to switch a light on for about twenty years. John Ford only really made westerns. It strikes me that Blomkamp’s real problem is that his detractors simply accept the idea that Americana is universal and think his sensibility should be treated as a novelty before he makes “proper” films with more “universal” appeal. As for Hamlet it’s a play. It is about live performance. If it was designed as a single recorded artefact that happened to generate some inferior sequels, a game and some fan fiction comic books then it would not be seen in the same way. Virtually, all recorded Shakespeare is also really dull.
            Personally, I think Chappie looks good and I like Elysium more than any of the Alien films since Aliens. I dunno, to me the Alien is too much of a known quantity to be really effective, which I suspect points to the fundamental problem with all reboots and remakes. There’s nothing much you can do with them that is that interesting.

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          • Sheridan Passell said
            Sheridan Passell

            Of course two films in the same franchise look similar. Fight Club, The Game and Se7en weren’t all about robotics in a shanty town. Foster was so bad in Elysium she literally quit acting. An Alien sequel can work if there is a smart expansion of the biology, a change of setting and a change of protagonist type. James Cameron did this and knocked it out the park. Attempts since have been cack-handed, though there are elements of Alien 3 which are ok. It’s a tall order for sure.

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        • gd smith said

          John fords films were all about cowboys. So what. Elysium isn’t actually about robotics in a shanty town it was about people trying to get medical help. District 9 was about aliens in south Africa and Chappie is about a converted police robot in South Africa. How is this really different to setting films against family life in American Suburbs. Jaws, CETK, ET, Poltergeist etc are not that different to each other really . And Finchers films do all pretty much feature the same sort of characters in very similar settings even if the story has changed. Most directors in fact make pretty much the same sort of film over and over again. Does this mean detective films set in New York are redundant or martial arts directors films are redundant because the are set in Hong Kong and feature martial arts. Plus as I said before if you think a filmmaker’s films are redundant because he films too many poor people in shanty towns after precisely 3 films one of which you haven’t seen then why do you think the same director is going to resurrect a flagging monster movie franchise? I like Blomkamps films so far so following the logic of this debate on I actually think he’s more capable of making a decent Alien movie than you do! The difference is I think another Alien film will just be another Alien film and the concept is a little played out. I’ll still watch it just like I watch a bunch of other franchised movies where I already know how things will pan out, but really I can’t get that excited. The point is that you get all this hoopla surrounding reboots and franchises and the films can’t stand the weight of expectation. They are only ever more of the same. This is because you can’t repeat the era’s and cultures that shaped them and made them special. Plus, you’ve got all these people hyping things up and they’ve forgotten that they were usually little kids when they saw them for the first time. all the stuff that comes after that is what they’ve imposed on it rather than what’s actually there. No new Star Wars film will ever match the mythology of the now nearly middle aged fans and nor will any new Alien film. I’m not saying they will be bad but they can’t be as awe inspiring as the fans think they can be either.

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          • Sheridan Passell said
            Sheridan Passell

            The robotic exoskeleton was front and center of Elysium and District 9 was focused on alien tech. Both turned the tide against the oppressors. So similar robotics centrepiece in all three. Both District 9 and Chappie are about a cgi central character who’s highly dangerous yet lovable. It’s all so similar. He’s run out of ideas already. He could have written a screenplay about anything. That’s why Chappie is redundant.

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          • gd smith said

            Using the same components doesn’t make them reduntant. All martial arts films feature a central character who has to fight bad guys using martial arts. A lot of them written and directed by the same teams, Doesn’t mean they are redundant. The fact most directors use the same components in film after film does not make them redundant either. As I said before John Ford only made cowboy films all set in pretty much the same town, more often than not with John Wayne and similar themes and again using your logic I’m more inclined to think Blomkamp is capable of making a decent Alien movie than you are. You think his films are redundant, I don’t ergo I give him enough credit to at least make yet another Alien reboot entertaining even though I think the concept is basically played out. Whilst you are arguing that a writer/director you basically don’t respect can breath life into an old franchise that’s only produced one game changing film and one very good one in nearly 40 years. By the way I don’t dislike Fincher. I think his films are good, except Alien 3 which is just a very dull retread of Alien with less genuine entertainment value than a lot of B movie Alien rip offs .
            There was never supposed to be an Alien Universe. Dan O’Bannon didn’t write it that way and Ridley Scott didn’t direct it that way either. Prometheus was an attempt to take it away from Walter Hill world and reconnect it to the Lovecraft in space idea he shared with O’Bannon plus it was guaranteed to make money. The thing is that franchising movies like Alien ultimately just reduces them to the level of a soap with story arks centred involving ways of bringing beloved characters back from the dead. You’ve even got people online arguing that the last two Alien movies should be ignored as a dream or something so they can get a sort of surrogate family unit of Ripley, Hicks and Newt back together! Well, Alien did feature a character called Dallas, I suppose.
            Anyway I’ll just have to agree to disagree,

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          • Sheridan Passell said
    • gd smith said

      So it gets bad reviews. So did Blade Runner and the Thing. In fact Ridley Scott had a string poorly received flops after Alien. I think it’s an awesome movie and certainly a lot better than Alien 3, Alien v Predator and Alien v Predator: Requiem.
      And still doesn’t explain why you’re banging the drum for yet another Alien sequel this time by director you plainly don’t like.

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      • Sheridan Passell said
        Sheridan Passell

        It’s not just the bad reviews, they nearly all say he’s just repeating himself, as I predicted 😉 That link also goes to a list of centerpieces of the movie that are copied shamelessly from other films, without even an attempt to disguise it. In other words, out of ideas. Redundant. I loved District 9, but it’s clear he was a one movie artist.

        Ridley Scott doesn’t write his own stuff. So his material can be varied. As long as Blomkamp insists on doing it, the problem will persist because he has nothing left to say. Spielberg wrote his one sci-fi, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, then opened the floor to let others do the writing.

        I’m all for another good Alien film being made, and it might be enough that it’s forcing him to leave his comfort zone and enter someone else’s universe. But I don’t hold out much hope with him at the helm.

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        • gd smith said

          I don’t care if directors repeat themselves. Horror directors repeat themselves all the time. Martial arts Directors repeat themselves all the time. John Ford repeated himself all the time. Most genre directors repeat themselves. He’s South African. He likes robots. so he makes science films in South Africa or with themes that can translate to South Africa. And as I said as far as I’m concerned Chappie is an awesome movie, easily the most entertaining thing I’ve seen so far this year. I simply don’t get the problem. What’s more if he did make different sorts of movies a lot of the same people and the same critics would be whining “why doesn’t Blomkamp make films like Chappie and Elysium anymore, why as he sold out to make films in Hollywood,”. Coz I guarantee you Elysium and Chappie will outlive the gripes by decades, except the same wing nuts will still be IMDB whining about Liberal Hollywood and too many dusky people etc.
          I agree Spielberg got in different writers but then he got them to write recognisable “Spielberg movies” and actually most of his films that aren’t recognisable “Spielberg movies” aren’t actually very good. I’d take Chappie over Always, 1941, Lincoln, War Bore, Amisdull and that sci-fi thriller with Tom Cruise (the one that is so forgettable I’ve literally forgotten what it’s called, but I’m pretty certain isn’t War of The Worlds) any day of the week. Chappie kicks major butt and is even more than a little emotional.

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  • craig said

    Sheridan I don’t know if this is true or not,but I heard that Shane Black wants to or is trying to make a reboot to Predator.Do you know anything about that happening?

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Last I heard he’d been hired to write and direct, and it would be a sequel rather than a reboot, expanding the mythology. He had a small acting role in the original Predator.

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  • Bryan V said

    have you heard “they” made “or” making a new KNIGHT RIDER move? just wonder when it will b out?

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      The studio reportedly wanted to reboot it last year with a comic tone, starring Chris Pratt, but that seems to have stalled. You’ll see Hoff and Kitt together in the low budget comedy Killing Hasslehoff out later this year, in which Kitt is voiced by Justin Bieber (really).

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  • Bryan V said

    I’ve heard tat a while ago, but I was n hopes of it “was not” true. Bieber? really? there goes the Franchise. wat do u think?

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      It’s an extended spoof sequence as part of a comedy movie. It won’t affect the franchise. Plus it’s low budget and doesn’t seem like it will be widely seen.

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      • Bryan V said

        thx 4the info. wat’s the comedy movie? I “still” want 2see it. r “they” going 2make a follow up movie 2SLIDERS? the last I heard, they were, but tat was 5-7yrs ago. or more & O’Connel wanted the rights 2SLIDERS. sumthing like ar.

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