Blomkamp's Aliens Sequel May Have A Future
Last we heard, Blomkamp’s highly anticipated sequel to Aliens was dead in the water. While Blomkamp has stated that he’s “moved on” to direct RoboCop Returns, there appears to be one person who hasn’t given up the good fight yet.
That person is James Cameron, and during the Alita: Battle Angel red carpet, he said something that sparked the feeling that maybe, just maybe, this highly anticipated Alien project could get off the ground:
IGN Reporter: “After Tim takes care of that can you give Neil Blomkamp a call about Aliens please?”
James Cameron: “I’m working on that, yeah.”
Sure, it’s not much, and there’s nothing officially confirmed at this point, but if there’s anyone who can get this done, it’s Cameron. After all, Cameron did refer to Blomkamp’s script as “gangbusters,” and let’s not also forget, how he hilariously got his Alien sequel financed by drawing an “s” on the end of Alien before turning it into a “$.”
As a refresher, Blomkamp’s story would pick up directly after Aliens, rendering Alien 3 and Resurrection as non-canon (yes!), and would find Newt and Hicks still alive.
“I thought it was dumb [that Hicks and Newt were killed off],” said Cameron while doing press for Aliens' 30th anniversary at Comic-Con. “I thought it was a huge slap in the face to the fans. I mean look, [Alien 3 director David] Fincher's a friend of mine, and David is an amazing, amazing filmmaker, unquestionably. That was kind of his first big gig, and he was getting vectored around by the studio, and he dropped into the production late and they had a horrible script and they were rewriting it on the fly, and it was just a mess. I think it was a big mistake. So I certainly — had [producer Gale Ann Hurd and I] been involved, we would not have done that because we felt we earned something with the audience with those characters.”
At one point in time, Ridley Scott was attached to produce Blomkamp’s vision, but we’d much rather see Cameron, AKA the king of sequels, attached as producer.
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