Neill Blomkamp’s unlikely and unexpected Alien sequel has basically burst forth from the chest of Hollywood in minimal time, going from Twitter-based chatter to genuine interest to actual confirmation in less than two months. Now the film has gone ahead and wrangled a star—a very familiar one—and made its place in the increasingly complex Alien universe clear. Could all development stories zip along this quickly?
It was obvious from the beginning that Blomkamp’s film would have a lot to do with Sigourney Weaver, the true queen of the franchise, as the director was inspired to work on his ideas for the new film while working alongside Weaver on their upcoming Chappie. (Weaver also frequently pops up in Blomkamp’s concept art.) Now the series’ own Ripley has confirmed her involvement with the project, which is great, considering the whole thing is about her character.
Blomkamp and Weaver spoke to Sky Movies (via /Film) in support of Chappie (in a video chat that has now been removed from the Internet, though we’ve got the quotes), where they both explained just how Ripley-centric the new film is, and why that means they’re just tossing out two of the four original films. Sorry, David Fincher.
During the talk, Blomkamp said, “I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens…So it’s Alien, Aliens, this movie.” To wit, that means we now need to pretend that David Fincher’s prison planet-set Alien 3 never happened and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s clone-heavy Alien Resurrection is nothing but a distant memory. Sorry, also, Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Weaver seems very into this idea, however, sharing, “I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story.” In space, no one can hear you diss half a movie franchise.