The only battle bigger than the one between humans and xenomorphs is the one between the films about humans and xenomorphs. Both Ridley Scott and Neill Blomkamp were working on their own films set in the Alien world. At this point it looks like Blomkamp’s movie is essentially dead until Scott is done making Prometheus 2 however, actor Michael Biehn just gave us some insight about what that movie was going to be about and it turns out it was going to focus on a familiar character, but not Ripley.
In a recent interview, Biehn says that Blomkamp’s film would bring back two characters familiar to fans of James Cameron’s Aliens, his own Corporal Hicks and a grown-up Newt. From what Biehn tells Icons Of Fright, it sounds like the film would put Newt in the lead, allowing her to potentially take over the franchise from Sigourney Weaver.
While we know that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie would have taken the entire franchise into account, it has been described very much as a direct follow up to Aliens with a more action oriented focus to the story. If using the film to relaunch the franchise is the plan, and as Michael Biehn says, why wouldn’t it be, using Newt to do so certainly makes the most sense. Sigourney Weaver probably isn’t interested in continuing a long-running action franchise at this point, though we’d guess she could still do it, and bringing in a familiar character makes more sense then introducing a new one out of the blue.
Unfortunately, at this point we have no idea when, or even if, we’ll ever see this version of the film. Blomkamp has said publicly that he’s moving on to other things since Fox has put his film on hold so that it doesn’t run over Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus. With the director focusing on other things, he could get busy elsewhere and even if we do see another film in the original part of the franchise, it could end up being very different.
As Michael Biehn says studios are looking for franchises and Alien is certainly a strong brand, so it’s unlikely we’ve heard the last of this. We just don’t know when we’ll actually see movement here for the foreseeable future.
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CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.