I’ll just come straight out and say it: I really like Alien 3. I know that it’s seriously flawed, and its final act is a mess (probably due to the film’s almost legendary production woes which saw a young first time director David Fincher being bullied by just about everybody into making the movie they wanted) but there are still many things about it that I loved, like Ripley’s final send-off. To a lesser extent, but similarly so too are there things in Alien: Resurrection that I enjoy. Yes, the script, with all its Ripley clones and hybrid aliens feels awfully fan-fiction-ish – something that not even a Joss Whedon rewrite could fix – but there are some cool ideas to be found there. Basically, as broken as these movies are in places, they certainly have their place in the Alien franchise.
But not to Neill Blomkamp apparently. It would seem that the District 9 filmmaker is about to pull a Superman Returns with his recently announced Alien pet project, as it will be a direct sequel to Aliens, completely ignoring the continuity of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
As Blomkamp and star Signourney Weaver explain in this video interview with Sky New where they make the revelation, this new film – the “genetic sibling of Aliens” – will be replacing the third and fourth entries in the franchise to give Ripley her “proper finish”. As Slashfilm points out though, the irony is that Weaver herself was the one that pushed for Ripley’s death as well as several other story elements in Alien 3. So too, much of Alien: Resurrection was informed by her ideas of the character and the story. And now she’s just going to pretend that it never happened.
While I am looking forward to some of the ideas Blomkamp brings to the table – especially now since the fascinating artwork he released, showing a resurrected Hicks for example, makes sense – I can’t help but feel that this is kind of a slap in the face to the rest of the franchise (except, for the AvP movies. Screw those guys). Also, I am hoping and praying to every deity I know that the “Ripley as an alien pilot” artwork is not some hint that producer Ridley Scott wants to tie this new film into Prometheus somehow. While I don’t hate Scott’s latest take on the franchise, I feel that the Prometheus movies need to go do their own thing off in the far reaches of space first.
But back to the matter at hand: On which side of the debate do you fall? As I know that Alien 3 and Resurrection have a solid army of haters, there will be many people who will be overjoyed by this news of essentially a “new” Alien 3. Are you one of them?
Last Updated: February 26, 2015