It’s been quite a year for Alien developments. Way back in February, we started seeing hints that a new Alien sequel was in development under the supervision of District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, and then production began ramping up on Ridley Scott‘s sequel to Prometheus. In the last couple of months though it’s Scott’s movie
Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost Alien: Covenant that has taken prescience, while Alien 5 was put on “indefinite hold,” but now “indefinite” seems not so definite. One of the stars of the Alien franchise, Michael Biehn, is saying that his next adventure in the Alien universe merely awaits the release of Scott’s.
While talking to Icons Of Fright about things related and not related to Alien, Biehn offered some insight into what will be coming (eventually) with Alien 5. But first, he wanted to reiterate for the record that Alien 5 is far from dead, saying that Fox is “putting the brakes on Neill’s movie just for a little while.”
“I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first, and is going to be the executive producer on this one, so I’m really looking forward to that,” Biehn explained. “I know that Ridley’s focus is on the second Prometheus and I’m sure that he and Fox both don’t want that and Neill’s movie to come out right next to each other.”
As for the movie itself, Biehn had something interesting to offer in terms of its cast of characters. We know from the previously released production art that Sigourney Weaver will be back as Ripley, along with Biehn as the Colonial Marine Hicks, but according to the actor, there is one more survivor of the encounter in Aliens who will be (re)joining the fun.
“They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back, and at this point Newt will be around 27 years old,” Biehn offered. “I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt. It would keep the franchise alive and the studios would make money, because that’s what the bottom line is now: money.”
I suppose then that Blomkamp’s doing a complete redo of everything post-Aliens, which should make a lot of fans happy even though Carrie Henn won’t be returning to play Newt (which was always kind of unlikely anyway). Biehn’s right though, if they’re going to be looking for a 27-year-old Newt, there are going to be a lot of young actresses interested in picking up that torch from Weaver and Ripley. Let the casting speculation begin.
Alien: Covenant will be in theaters in the Summer of 2017; Alien 5 will be in theaters sometime afterward. Maybe.
Source: Den of Geek