James Cameron’s second Alien film, Aliens, will be turning thirty years old this July 18, and yes, we are all super old. To commemorate the anniversary, Cameron will lead a reunion on the stage of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con this July 23 with producer Gale Anne Hurd and much of the cast, including Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn. Entertainment Weekly spoke to Cameron and Weaver about the upcoming event, and Weaver dropped a detail about Neill Blomkamp’s parallel Alien project, which Biehn has said would involve bringing back his character and a now 27-year-old Newt.
Entertainment Weekly reports Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection are reportedly being “de-canonized” in a sense:
Not only is it a look back at a sci-fi classic, but Weaver is working with District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp to create a new Aliens sequel, one that picks up where Cameron’s film left off and somewhat de-canonizes David Fincher’s Alien 3 (1992) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection (1997). “It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie,” Weaver says.
We’ll find out which is the darkest timeline if Blomkamp is ever allowed to finish the project. He released non-official concept art on his Instagram in January and July of last year. A month after the first batch of concept art, he mentioned the “high possibility” of him really making an Alien sequel in an interview with our own Mike Ryan. It was quickly confirmed to be in development and rumored to be ignoring Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Then Michael Biehn confirmed it as well, but said Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel (now called Alien: Covenant) had delayed production. Alien: Covenant is also said to be the first part of a new Alien trilogy, which further complicates matters for Blomkamp, although Sigourney Weaver recently said it’s still in development, and this new interview jibes with that.
Not for nothing, but if Blomkamp’s Alien isn’t on the same timeline as some of the other movies, can it just get made whenever? Preferably soon? Preferably with an adorable, violent robot with a South African accent, perhaps?