Neill Blomkamp's 'Alien 5' Is Dead, But He Might Have Sneakily Made the Movie Anyway

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 - 11:31AM
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 - 11:31AM
Neill Blomkamp's 'Alien 5' Is Dead, But He Might Have Sneakily Made the Movie Anyway
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Image credit: Oats Studios
Well, it sounds like Ridley Scott was right all alongAlien 5 with Sigourney Weaver is no more. Or, perhaps it's more accurate to say that Ridley Scott has succeeded in killing the Alien sequel, since to hear would-be director Neill Blomkamp tell it, his vision of the movie was cut down before its time in large part because it didn't fit with what Scott had planned:

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"It's sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it's gone now, and the way that it all is - it's just not going to live....
"Ridley [Scott] was one of my idols growing up. He's so talented and he's made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. I think that if the circumstances were different, and I didn't feel like I was getting too close to something that he obviously feels a massive personal connection to, that things that may have played out differently. But I did want to be as respectful as possible."
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The good news is that there's plenty more coming from Blomkamp. The director went on to tease a new movie that's set "in the world" of District 9, which is welcome news for fans, who have been hearing rumors of a follow-up for years. What's more, it looks like the collection of short sci-fi films from Oats Studios that Blomkamp is working are even more ridiculous and bizarre than we'd previously thought, thanks to a brand-new extended trailer that shows a futuristic cooking show, a Sesame Street puppet drive-by shooting, and the coolest, most original zombie design to have appeared in years.

It's worth watching the whole thing again in slow motion just to spot all the- HEY! That's Sigourney Weaver!

Yep, Sigourney Weaver is appearing in one of Neill Blomkamp's short sci-fi movies. Suddenly, the "politics" of the Alien franchise just got a lot easier to decode. While there's no way of knowing where Weaver fits into the Oats Studio short film collection, at least one of these movies appears to be set on a claustrophobic spaceship that has a big, scary evil monster alien onboard.

In other words, based on this tiny shred of evidence, it looks suspiciously like Blomkamp might have made his Alien movie after all, but taken out the specific references to xenomorphs, changed Ellen Ripley's name, and made a brand new sci-fi property. If this proves true, it's great news for fans of space horror who, let's face it, aren't getting their fill with Ridley Scott's Prometheus series. After all, if Alien: Covenant proved anything, it's that jamming a xenomorph into an unrelated story doesn't guarantee success.

Whether Weaver's presence in Oats Studios Volume 1 is an Ellen Ripley role or not, it definitely makes sense for Blomkamp to recycle some of his ideas for Alien 5 while working on this collection. With this, and a sequel to District 9 in the cards, there's plenty coming from the mind of Neill Blomkamp for sci-fi fans to get excited about.

Oats Studios' Volume 1 will stream on YouTube and Steam "soon".
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