Aliens star Michale Biehn has let some info slip about Neill Blomkamp’s proposed Alien 5 and ... it sounds kind of weird.
Speaking with Icons Of Fright (via Birth.Movies.Death), Biehn started discussing the Alien sequel/reboot/whatchamacallit that was going to be written and directed by Neill Blomkamp (Chappie) until Ridley Scott decided he didn't want someone else playing with his toys and turned his Prometheus sequel into a full-blown Alien entry.
Biehn seems to think that the Blomkamp movie is not quite dead, saying that "it would be embarrassing to Ridley and Fox and Sigourney if they just didn’t make the movie," but even Blomkamp himself recently stated that the thing was being put on hold indefinitely. And it may be just as well, because here's what Biehn says the plot would have involved:
"They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old. 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."
Whoa. So Blomkamp's movie would have "passed the torch" from the character who has been the linchpin of the franchise to one who has, until now, been dead? What would Newt be doing, flying off to fight the xenomorphs herself? I hate to think this way, but since it's Hollywood, I have to: Was this a way of shoving an older actress aside so the studio could put a younger one at the center of the series?
Either way, the whole thing sounds suspicious and makes us wonder if anyone knows what they're doing with this property. Between Blomkamp's on-again, off-again sequel and Ridley Scott's transformation of Prometheus 2 into what is now called Alien: Covenant -- and with both being developed at the same time until Scott kicked Blomkamp’s movie to the curb -- none of this sounds particularly encouraging (especially given the underwhelming nature of the first Prometheus and Blomkamp’s last two, borderline unwatchable films).
What do you think of that Alien 5 plotline? Do you think anyone -- Scott, Blomkamp, Biehn -- has a real handle on this thing?