Sigourney Weaver Says Neill Blomkamp’s ALIENS Sequel Will Diverge from Alien 3 & 4

July 18 marks the 30 anniversary of Aliens since its theatrical release in 1986 and EW has revealed that San Diego Comic-Con will be hosting an Aliens reunion on Saturday, July 23. Both James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver will participate in the Q&A in the 6,500-seat Hall H, along with producer Gale Anne Hurd, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn.

EW spoke to Sigourney Weaver about Neill Blomkamp's Alien film and had the following quote from her.

There will be much to discuss at Comic-Con, since 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.
Back in April 2016 Blomkamp shared this Newt Concept Art, while Weaver talked about the sequel being worth the wait.

Blomkamp mentioned the following last year in regards to Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. 

“My favorites are the first two movies. So I want to make a film that’s connected to Alien and Aliens. That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection, I just want it to be connected to Alien and Aliens.”
Fans who are more excited about Blomkamp's Alien film than Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant will be glad to see the franchise ditch Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection from canon in favor of a new Aliens sequel. While there are others who may not necessarily be fans of Alien 3, they still don't like the idea of rewriting canon. Superman Returns took a similar approach with Bryan Singer considering Richard Donner's first two Superman films as part of his sequel canon.

I am excited about Blomkamp's take on the Alien universe and won't mind his sequel not referencing Alien 3. Despite his follow up movies not matching up to District 9, I am very much looking forward to his next film The Gone World. So it will be at least another two years before we see any progress with this Alien film. Ridley Scott will also be producing this film.

This is a passion project for Blomkamp and I hope he gets to complete it. But after that I am hoping he continues working on creating original movies and making new worlds rather than reverting to more sequels and franchises. Of course it will be great to see him do the Halo film which was always in development for so long. Also prospects of District 10 is tempting, but I rather see District 9 remain as a singular great film without any sequels. 

Aliens 30th anniversary Blu-ray set will be available later this year and EW has shared the following details. You can pre-order it here.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is also releasing a new Aliens 30th anniversary Blu-ray and Digital HD edition on Sept. 13, which will feature a new interview with Cameron on the design and inspiration of the film.

Pre-orders will be taken at Fox’s Comic-Con booth, and the first 250 will get a lithograph image of Ripley locked in mortal combat with the Alien Queen.

The anniversary release will include both the original theatrical cut and the special edition, which features more about the past and child Ripley left behind — and lost forever. It will also come with a commentary track, and previously released deleted and extended scenes.

The Blu-ray set will come with collectible art cards featuring concept sketches by Cameron and a book featuring art from the Dark Horse Comics Aliens series.

Here are some of the concept art images from Blomkamp's Alien movie.

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